We are officially in the countdown to Easter so I wanted to share with you the Easter eggs I made in the week which you can now try out yourself today! I’m actually quite excited about these bad boys as they’re made of PLASTER! I believe the last time I made anything out of plaster of paris was back in high school so you can only imagine my delight when I decided to use it for this DIY project.
To be honest, while I was pinning away lots of inspiration for Easter, I was thinking to myself how lousy it is to not be able to always keep your egg creations post Easter because they’re far too delicate to store or you just don’t have the space for it. I remember how torn I was about getting rid of the decoupaged eggs I made last year despite hanging on to it for a few months. I know it defeats the purpose of decorating new eggs every year, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have a set that you could keep year after year? And that’s when I stumbled across Camille Styles’ concrete eggs. I did weirdly think about concrete but wasn’t sure how to go about finding the perfect moulds for it…….so how genius is actually using your blown out eggs as your moulds!?
Well, I obviously jumped at the chance to try it out. I didn’t have cement on me but there was Plaster of Paris kicking about in the studio (I had bought some for another DIY project I have in the pipeline) so off I went. Be warned that this is quite the MESSY project….but if little neat-freak me can cope, you sure can too! :P
What you’ll need:
- Eggs (blown out)
- Plaster of Paris
- a craft knife
- wooden skewers or popsicle sticks to stir with
- plastic or glass container to mix in
- paint or any decorative material you wish to decorate your eggs with. (I used black acrylic paint, which I forgot to show here)
Start off blowing out all your eggs so you’re left with the shells. Then measure out your Plaster of Paris and water according to the instructions given to you on the tub. Normally, it’s one cup of water to 1.5cups of PoP. When you mix it together the consistency should be very similar to pancake batter.
Before you pour your mix in, just remember to tape up the hole on the top end of the egg to avoid the mix leaking out! The whole on the bottom needs to be at least a centimetre big for you to be able to pour the mix into. The reason for pouring it upside down is so that when the shell comes off you have a slightly flat edge for the egg to sit upright on.
Once all your eggs are taped up, pour in the mix shortly after its been made, filling it right up to the opening. This is your messy bit of the project especially if you don’t have the most steady hands!
When the plaster has dried, take your craft knife and gently scrap/chip away the eggs shell to reveal your beautifully egg-shaped plaster eggs. Since plaster is a lot softer than concrete, you will need to make sure you’re not taking chunks out of the plaster. You’ll probably find a few marks but that’s all part of the handmade look, otherwise you should have some pretty smooth eggs at the end!
This stage can be a bit time-consuming. It took me about 15/20mins to de-shell all six of my eggs. But hey, it really is worthwhile your time because what you get is simply amazing….as you can see below!!
Now for the fun bit! I’ve used black acrylic paint for this part but you are welcome to do it in whatever colours you fancy. I went for a very Jackson Pollock-esque style by flicking paint haphazardly onto the eggs. As I said before, for a neat-freak, OCD kinda gal….you’d think this was mental but I must admit I found this rather liberating and therapeutic!
Anyway, whatever you chose to do, make sure you lay some paper or plastic sheets down over your work surface so to avoid Jackson Pollock-ing the rest of your house!! :P Place your eggs upright before you splatter the paint on – this way you’ll get a better chance of an all-round coverage.
Once you’ve had your art attack moment, leave it aside to dry. Depending on the type of paint you use, this can take from 20 minutes up to a couple of hours! So if you’re the impatient type, definitely opt for a quick drying paint!
And there you have it folks! You’re very own paint-splattered eggs which you can use all year round and year after year! Probably not toddler-friendly especially if you have throwers in your family but I can say that if you mix in a bit of coloured paint into the plaster mix, you can indeed use the eggs as big giant chalk for your kiddies. There are lots of tutorials out there for that if you want to check that out.
In the meantime…..please stop and admire these monochrome BEAUTS! Sorry, I’m just so delighted at how well they’ve turned out and how much of a KID I felt making them! I really REALLY hope you’ll give these a go this weekend if you’re still looking for ideas to decorate your Easter table. And if you do, share them away on Facebook, Twitter or IG and tag #madebymolu and #craftwithmolu so I can have a nosey.
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