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Making Decorative Eggs

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What follows are detailed instructions on making your own custom egg ornaments covered with decorative papers. Any questions or comments please let me know at:

judiseggs@gmx.com       Have fun…

HOW TO MAKE DECORATIVE EGG ORNAMENTS

List of Materials:

  • Large needle or straightened paper clip
  • Extra large chicken egg
  • Tape measure and ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Decorative scrapbook papers
  • Tacky glue
  • Thin paint brush or tooth pick
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Silver or gold string
  • Bead caps (more in a future post)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Directions:

  1. Using a needle or paper clip carefully poke a hole in each end of an egg. Make one hole slightly larger. Insert the needle or paper clip into the egg and gently scramble it. Carefully blow out the contents, rinse thoroughly and allow to drain and dry at least 8 hours. (Note: Using an egg at room temperature will make this process easier.)DSCN5653

2. Measure the circumference and height of the egg with the tape measure adding ¼” to each dimension. Use these measurements to mark the paper and then cut out the rectangle. Note that an extra large egg will require a cut sheet approximately 5 3/4” x 3 1/2”.

3. Using the ruler, divide the paper height in half (approximately 1 3/4”) and draw a line. Cut 1/8 – 1/4” slits from the edge of the paper to within 1/8” of the line being careful not to cut through the line.

4. Place the paper wrong side up on a flat surface and put a thin coat of tacky glue down the line. Carefully roll the egg along the glue strip encircling it completely. There should be an overlap of the ends of about ½”.

5. Using the first paper strip as a guide, trim the edges to form a point that just reaches the top of the egg. Trim the next 3 strips each about 1/8” shorter. This process will be followed with the remaining strips.

DSCN56636. Apply a thin layer of tacky glue to the first strip and smooth it onto the egg’s surface. Follow this procedure for all of the remaining strips, carefully smoothing them into place. They will overlap slightly allowing the egg to be thoroughly covered.

DSCN56657. Allow the egg to dry completely, at least 8 hours is best. Brush the acrylic onto half of the egg and allow it to dry. Repeat with the other half. For a nice finish, apply at least 2 coats.

DSCN56678. To form the hanger, cut a 6” length of string and thread the ends through the center of the bead cap. Tie a knot in the ends. Use hot glue to attach the bead cap to the top of the egg.

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A newly finished egg ornament

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