Gold Leaf Easter Eggs: how to make easy DIY Easter eggs. Perfect for your Easter decorating.
These gold leaf Easter eggs are an easy and fun DIY project. They’ll look great as part of your Easter decorating this year. And since they are made with craft eggs, they’re long lasting so you can use them year after year.
Choosing Your Eggs
We choose to use light weight craft eggs from the dollar store or craft store for this craft. They’re inexpensive and easy to work with. These ones have hanging strings on them, but they’re also come without them if you prefer. These white eggs have a matte texture similar to real eggs, and take paint very well. These eggs are also durable and last from year to year, since they are plastic eggs. You’ll be able to enjoy your gold leaf easter eggs for years to come.
You could do this craft with other eggs instead. I would not choose hard-boiled eggs, since they’re not long lasting. If you choose to use real eggs, be sure to blow them out first. Use a long pin to create a hole on each end of the egg. Make sure the hole at one end is large enough to blow the contents of the egg out through. Then use the long pin to try and break up the yolk inside the egg by poking it. Next blow on one end until the eggs flows out the hole in the other end. Be sure to the egg inside and out before using for this craft. You’ll want to also store this egg very carefully from year to year, since it’s very fragile. One advantage of using real eggs, would be if you had eggs in beautiful colors like blues and greens. If you’re using regular white eggs, you could dye them.
Wooden eggs would also be a great option for this craft. The only disadvantage of them is that they’re more expensive than craft eggs and heavier for hanging if you wanted to display them that way. The wood would be beautiful showing through some sections of the gold leaf, but you could also paint the wood eggs. Paper mache eggs would also be a good option for this craft..
You will need some gold leaf for this project. Look for gold leaf online or at a craft store. You can use gold leaf sheets or gold leaf pieces for this project. Since we want to have some of the pastel paint showing through on our gold leaf eggs, using the gold leaf pieces which are sometimes less expensive works fine. I used imitation gold leaf for this project. Look for a gold leaf kit that includes the special adhesive, or buy it separately. We wanted to make a golden egg effect, but you could also try this craft with silver leaf, or rose gold leaf, or copper leaf for a different effect.
There’s also liquid gold leaf available, but I don’t think it’s the best choice for this project, since you don’t want full coverage, and the gold leafing makes a better pattern with cracks and edges than the liquid would.
- plastic craft eggs
- acrylic paint in pastel colors
- gold leaf
- gold leaf adhesive
- paint brush
- soft brush
- Start by giving your eggs a coat or two of paint in any pretty Easter colour. And let them fully dry before step two.
- The next step is apply the gold leaf adhesive to some parts of the surface of the egg, and let it set for 10-15 minutes, according to the package instructions. The key to remember is not to entirely coat the egg with the adhesive, so that some of the paint colour still shows through.
- When the adhesive is set, it's time to apply the gold leaf. Use a dry paint brush to help maneuver the sheet of gold leaf onto the egg, wrapping it around the entire egg. Then using a dry brush or a paper towel, go over the top of the gold foil to smooth it onto the egg, and brush off the excess gold leaf pieces.
I hung my DIY gold leaf Easter eggs on some branches in a pretty milk glass vase. I’m smitten with this easy project, and I think it might be one of my favorite Easter crafts. You could also place eggs an Easter basket, or in a pretty bowl as part of your Easter decor or even attach your own eggs to an Easter wreath. I love easy fun projects that are such a great addition to your seasonal home decor.
With pretty DIY gold leaf Easter eggs, life really is a party!
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