We’re coming up on our one year anniversary of our last blog entry and thought it was only appropriate to celebrate with a tutorial on how to make egg cups! Better late than never, right? :) We’ve actually recreated them for various parties in the last year and would love for you to present your guests with these dainty vases just in time for Easter!
Keep in mind that this is our first real DIY Tutorial (shot by an amateur photographer on an iphone who drank too much coffee) so leave us some feedback and let us know how we did.
So here are our original egg cups in all their glory:
To start this project, here’s what you’ll need:
*pretty napkins, a fork, a few spare cups/bowls, sharp scissors, small paintbrushes, Super Surface Sealer, spray paint (color of your choice), dowels, Mod Podge Glue, and assorted flowers. Oh and EGGS!
Step 1: Using a fork tine, puncture a small hole on the top of the egg. With your fingers, carefully peel away the shell until you get an opening of about 1″. Reserve the eggs in a clean bowl for cooking or other crafty projects!
Step 2: Prepare your egg holder contraption. We used an old cardboard box to secure dowels in place. After emptying the eggs, rinse carefully (remove the inner lining of the egg with hot water and rubbing it gently) and place on the dowel to dry. If you’re planning on spray painting some of your eggs, make a box with dowels for every color you plan to use (we didn’t follow our own instructions and held the dowel while painting. We don’t suggest you try it…but you can if you want). That way you can spray all your eggs at once. Rotate the egg on the dowel as you spray (with a light hand). Allow the eggs to dry for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Prepare your patterns. We used napkins that you can easily find at most party supply stores, Michael’s or Target. You can also use paper punches on tissue paper (or for the super skilled, cut out your own pattern). Cut along the edge of whatever image you want. Since most edges have a white outline and egg shells are white, your cuts can be a bit more forgiving. If you are gluing onto a darker shell, cut your patterns more evenly along the edges. Make sure what you cut fits on the egg!
Step 4: Apply a dab of Mod Podge glue onto the egg shell in order to get the piece to stay in place. After shifting your pattern in place, paint a thin, even layer of Mod Podge glue over. You can hold the egg or work off the dowel contraption you made. Remember to work in a well ventilated area!!!! Allow to dry for at least an hour (to speed up their dry time, use a fan). After it’s fully dry to the touch, spray Surface Sealer (available at most craft stores). This will ensure that the coating becomes waterproof (you can skip the Surface Sealer if you aren’t planning on using it with or near water). Allow to dry another 10 minutes.
Step 5: Fill your eggs! You can peruse your street for blooms (with permission of course). On our street alone we have sage, kangaroo paw, bougainvillea, and iris. Use herbs or plant succulents! For this example we’ve pulled anemones, sweet pea, muscari, billy ball, berzillia, ranunculus, lilac and pieris.
You don’t have to match the exact colors of your egg cup designs to your flowers. It does help to have accent of color in there to make it cohesive, but these are meant to be playful. So have a good time! Here are our results:
We hope these basic steps will open up a world of decorating and embellishing egg cups! If you’ve made any after seeing this tutorial, we would LOVE to see and feature your creations. Please send all submissions to email@example.com. Can’t wait to see them. Happy Easter!