Elegant Easter Eggs

I haven’t decorated Easter eggs since I was a kid, but I saw beauties similar to these on Pinterest a few months back and had to give them a whirl. Between the vibrant colors and the touch of glam, these eggs couldn’t be more lovely. What I love most about these eggs is that, to me, they look like miniature globes. Can we say wanderlust? I can’t wait to have these as the centerpiece at tomorrow’s Easter dinner!

What you’ll need:

  • A dozen white eggs
  • McCormick’s NEON! Food Color and Egg Dye
  • A gold, copper, or silver leafing kit (I opted for this silver leafing kit from Blick Art Supplies), from which you’ll need six sheets of leafing, a brush, and adhesive size
  • Six bowls or jars
  • Six spoons
  • An old newspaper or catalogue to serve as a protective surface

What you’ll do:

  • Hard-boil the eggs; to do so, put the eggs in a large pot and cover with cold water, bring to a rapid boil for about one minute, remove from heat and cover with a lid for about 15 minutes, and finally, submerge the eggs in cold water until cooled completely
  • Meanwhile, in a smaller pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil
  • Divide the boiled water into six different bowls, adding 1/2 a cup of boiled water to each
  • Add egg dye to each bowl and stir with a spoon; feel free to use whichever color combinations you’d like (get creative!), but I followed the instructions provided in photo #1 below
  • Once your hard-boiled eggs are completely cooled, transfer them into the bowls; I used two eggs per color combination
  • Allow the eggs to sit in the bowls for however long you desire, making sure to rotate the eggs every so often so that all surfaces are evenly colored; the longer you allow them to sit, the richer the color of your eggs will be
  • When you’re satisfied with the coloring of your eggs, transfer them back to their original carton; store in the fridge and allow them to dry overnight
  • The following day, tear six leafing sheets into quarters for a total of 24 pieces (you’ll need two pieces per egg)
  • One egg at a time, dab the brush in the adhesive size and paint one side of the egg with random brushstrokes, leaving some surfaces dry; allow to dry for about 30 seconds; apply a piece of leafing and repeat the process on the other side of the egg
  • Once the entire egg is loosely covered in leafing, rub the leafing closely to the egg’s surface; after some time, the pieces that are not adhered to the egg will fall off, resulting in a marbled look
  • Repeat the two previous steps with the remaining eggs
  • Transfer the eggs back to their original carton and allow to dry for several hours

This was my first experience with leafing, and while it was messy, it wasn’t tricky at all. Typically, a satin sealer (included in the kit) is used as a final step, but since these eggs are (sadly) perishable, I saved myself a step. I’m excited to incorporate leafing into future DIY projects, especially on items that will stick around for a while. Any ideas are both welcomed and encouraged!

Happy Easter!

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