Faux Fabergé Eggs
- Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Eggs, assorted sizes, four
- Crystal gems and/or rhinestones, assorted sizes and styles: clear, aqua, purple
- Tiny pearls: white, yellow, gold
- Silver filigree embellishment (for large egg)
- Thin gold cording
scissors, ruler, pencil, small paintbrush, wax paper, paper towels, small water container, small-mouth jar
- DecoArt Patio Paint Outdoor Paints: Raspberry Red, Azalea, Pumpkin, Marigold, Blue Bahama, Petunia Purple
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Peony Pink, Ocean Blue, Purple Cow
- DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paints: Celebration Pink, Tiger Orange, Emerald, Silver Bling
- Sandpaper: medium-grit, fine-grit
- DecoArt Mediums: MagiKote Surface Coating, Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
- Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
- 1. Let each coat of paint or medium dry completely before applying next coat. Rest egg in small-mouth jar while each coat dries.
- 1. Line work surface with wax paper.
- 2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use paintbrush to generously coat first foam egg with MagiKote. Apply two more coats, making sure all surface holes are filled. Sand rough spots. (Note: Surface will not be completely smooth.) Repeat to coat all foam eggs.
- 3. Use paintbrush to basecoat eggs with Patio Paint, applying one to two coats, clockwise from top: Raspberry Red, Petunia Purple, Pumpkin, Blue Bahama.
- 4. Using crumpled paper towel, gently blot secondary colors onto eggs to create subtle textured look, clockwise from top: Azalea and Peony Pink, Purple Cow, Marigold, Ocean Blue.
- 5. Again using paper towel, gently blot glitter paint onto eggs, clockwise from top: Celebration Pink, Silver Bling, Tiger Orange, Emerald.
- 6. Let all eggs dry completely.
- 7. Create pattern on each egg using gold cording as indicated in Steps 8-10. For each egg, cut equal cording lengths to vertical height of egg plus 2”. Using glue, adhere cording ends evenly spaced to top of egg; let dry.
- 8. To create criss-cross pattern shown on red egg, cut 16 cording lengths. Cross first two cord lengths, spot glue to egg where cords intersect, and adhere ends to egg bottom. Repeat for all cord lengths.
- 9. To create grid pattern shown on purple egg, cut 10 cording lengths. Pull eight cords straight down to egg bottom and adhere in place. Wrap two remaining cord lengths around egg horizontally, one-third way from top and one-third way from bottom; trim and adhere ends in place.
- 10. To create quilted pattern shown on orange egg, cut eight cording lengths. Pull odd-numbered cords down and to side of egg to create swirl effect; adhere ends to egg bottom. Pull even-numbered cords in opposite direction, spot gluing where cords intersect.
- 11. To create decorative swags shown on blue egg, cut 16 cording lengths. Adhere ends of eight cords to top of egg. Pull cords down to egg bottom to create four petal shapes on egg; adhere ends to egg bottom. Adhere both ends of eight remaining cord lengths to top of egg, creating eight loops as shown; spot glue loops to egg.
- 12. Let glue dry completely.
- 13. Using photo as guide, embellish eggs with gems, beads, and pearls. Adhere small gems or pearls at each cord intersection point. Adhere large embellishment to top and bottom of each egg. Let dry.
- 14. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to seal each egg, including gems and cording, with several coats Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.
- 1. Create eggs in trendy neon shades for a bold burst of color, or leave painted and glittered eggs unadorned for a perennial Easter display.
by Jen Goode