Easy DIY Glitter Easter Eggs

My own glittered Easter eggs!

My own glittered Easter eggs!

Every Easter season (or Pascha as we call it in our Greek Orthodox home), my daughter and I enjoy making a different kind of Easter egg craft. This year we tried glittered eggs. A few years ago I saw a Martha Stewart segment on how to glitter eggs. Looked easy enough and not too intimidating.

First, we blow out about a dozen eggs. You can buy a yolk blower to help get the yolk out. I just put the egg in the egg crate it comes in to position it. I then poke holes in both sides of the egg using a large needle. You can tap the needle with a small hammer to get it going. My secret: I then use the metal skewer you get with a turkey roasting kit and move it around the inside of the egg to break up the yolk. I then use only the rubber handle of a turkey baster, covering one of the holes entirely. I then squeeze. This pushes the yolk outside the other end. I do it quite a few times. This is the fastest technique I’ve found. And, the best thing is that I already had everything in my kitchen! (Martha Stewart suggests an ear syringe)

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egg blowing using turkey baster

Once the eggs are blown out, cleaned by rinsing with water and dried, I just followed Martha Stewart’s instructions:

  • Place an egg on a glitter tray or paper plate to catch excess glitter. Pour glue into disposable cup. With a foam brush, spread glue over half of the surface of the egg.
  • If necessary, dilute the glue with a little water. Blend two parts glue to one part water to an even consistency. A thickerlayer of glue takes longer to dry, but will hold the glitter better
  • Sprinkle glitter over glue, covering completely. Shake off excess glitter onto tray, plate or bowl, and let dry (test after an hour).
  • Tip glitter from tray or plate back into bottle.
  • Repeat glittering process on other half of egg.

glitter eggs technique

 

glitter eggs from snapcrafty.blogspot

Visit http://www.marthastewart.com/266727/basic-egg-techniques for more beautiful egg techniques. She suggests displaying them in glass hurricane vases. I already had some small square glass vases that I used when decorating tables for my son’s baptism reception, so I used those! Hurrican vases can be a bit expensive.

My own glitter eggs in a glass vase

My own glitter eggs in a glass vase

 

glitter eggs in glass vase

Global Easter Egg traditions…

Greek Easter eggs at www.chew.hu/hungarian_husvet_calls_for_egg/

Traditional red Greek Easter eggs

Painted Easter eggs have always been a part of celebrating Easter throughout the world. The art of decorating Easter eggs (pysanky in the Ukraine) dates back to pagan rituals of Spring. Once Eastern Europe was Christianized by Saint Contantine the Great, they took on a deeper more spiritual meaning – reflecting the blood of Christ during His passion and the coming of new life in His resurrection. Every Pascha (Easter in Greek) Greeks and many Eastern European countries reflect this belief by dying thier eggs red. In Greece the red eggs are handed out after the Resurrection (Easter) service. Children bump their boiled and colored eggs together, and the winner is the one egg that didn’t crack. Many Greeks also fill the emptied dyed eggs with confetti which adds a celebratory dramatic effect to the traditional game. Whether you’re Greek, Ukrainian, Polish, Italian or African, the Easter egg, symbolizing the new life of Christ, has always been a part of the Paschal tradition.

ukranianeggs@thehungariangirl

Traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs.

Romanian Easter Eggs at www.thehungariangirl.com

Romanian Easter Eggs

Hungarian Easter eggs at thehungariangirl.com

Hungarian Easter eggs

russianeastereggs@04arvara.wordpress.com

Russian Easter eggs.

South African eggs from sharonhowell.org/wp-includes/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs-i2.jpg

Easter eggs from South Africa.

Polish Easter eggs at lithaz.org/info/easter/easter03/seven_po.jpg

Polish Easter eggs.

koreaneastereggs@sjkoreancatholic.org

Korean Easter eggs.

Caribbean Easter eggs at guia-viagens.aeiou.pt/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Easter-eggs-617x462.jpg

Caribbean Easter eggs

Below, are my very own version of Pysanky eggs. I took a Ukranian Easter Egg class at a local church to learn how to do it. I also bought some books online to use as design reference guides. You can buy kits and even the eggs online!

Ukranian Easter eggs from globalknockoffs.com

My very own Ukranian Easter eggs!

Books to help with technique and design.

 

globalknockoffs.com

Ukranian Easter Egg Kit