EASTER...THE ONLY TIME IT'S PERFECTLY SAFE TO PUT ALL OF OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET!
For a while, back on the farm, our parents raised Rheas. Mom always saved the eggs that were not viable and emptied them using a WD40 method. In order to do this, you carefully drill a small hole into one end of your egg. Insert the plastic straw, that comes with the WD40, into the hole you drilled. Over a bowl and very, very carefully, begin spraying the WD40 into the egg. If you spray too quickly, the pressure will crack the egg. As the WD40 slowly enters the egg, it will displace the egg's contents. Mom always made sure to rinse the emptied eggs with bleach water. She has quite a collection of them. So this year, we decided to decorate a few for Easter. With a bit of imagination, some paint, paper and gilding, we got busy.
The eggs have a slick surface, so we primed the eggs with a coat of Rust-oleum American Accents 2X ultra Cover.
When decoupaging our eggs, we used matte Mod Podge by Platte, wall paper, tissue paper and napkins (if you’re using napkins, be sure to separate the plies). Brush the decoupage medium onto the eggs surface with a bristle or sponge brush. We thinned the Mod Podge with a small amount of water to keep from tearing our paper. Apply your paper. Work in small areas to keep your glue from drying out. Continue until your egg is completely covered. When the eggs are thoroughly dry, add an additional one to two coats of your medium.
Some eggs we chose to paint and then decoupage. First we spray painted our eggs. We have quite a stash of spray paints in lots of fun colors. We chose colors to go with our Easter décor. After spraying, we applied our napkins and wall paper, using the above method for decoupaging.
Other eggs were spray painted and then white polka dots were applied with dobbers. Acrylic craft paint was used for the polka dots.
Gold Leaf was applied to some eggs. They were spray painted first, then a Metal Leaf Adhesive was applied with a dobber. When the adhesive is dry, dried glue is very tacky, Gold Leaf was applied with a soft brush. Be sure to follow package directions. Instructions will differ from product to product.
For that final, added touch, we raided our craft rooms for some colorful ribbons. All of our eggs got a bow. This makes such a difference....just makes them look happy and cheerful!
Don’t miss our upcoming post on “Easter Décor”. See how we incorporate our eggs into fun Easter vignettes.