If you want to decorate Easter eggs this year, try something different than dye. These no-dye, metallic leaf Easter eggs create a fun and sophisticated twist on the classic tradition. This simple DIY project, made with versatile and decorative leaf, is customizable, from the color to the patterns that you choose. You can find lots of shades of metallic leaf at craft stores, including gold, silver, bronze, rose gold, and more. Mix shades of leaf on one egg, or add a single shape out of leaf onto the surface. Read on for how to do it.
Equipment / Tools
- Paintbrushes of various sizes
- Fluffy, dry brush
- Trash bag or bin
- Baker's cooling tray (optional)
- Eggs (hardboiled or faux wood)
- Metallic leaf adhesive (also called sizing)
- Metallic leaf
- Egg carton
Paint on the Adhesive
Paint the adhesive on the surface of the egg. Start with a thin coat, and add more if needed. You should never have so much adhesive that it starts to pool. Once the adhesive is painted on, place the egg between the edges of your egg carton, and allow it to dry for a minute or two until it starts to feel very tacky. You can also use a baker's cooling tray for a stable base to dry the egg.
If you're using faux eggs, they'll need to be made of wood or another material that the adhesive will stick to (regular plastic Easter eggs won't work).
Add the Leaf
Carefully and gently apply a sheet of metal leaf over the tacky adhesive. You may have to tear off some smaller sections from your sheet of leaf and apply around the egg to get full coverage. If you have the type of leaf that is attached to a sheet, press the sheet around the egg and pull the sheet away so that the leaf sticks to the adhesive.
Burnish Excess Leaf
Use a dry, fluffy, semi-stiff brush to buff and burnish away the excess gold leaf. You can even use your fingers in some parts for a gentle touch. This is best done over a bag or trash can to catch all of the flakes as they buff off. Continue until you have a smooth, shiny surface.
Patch Bare Spots
If you find that, when you were buffing, the some sections of leaf peeled off and exposed the egg underneath, repeat the leaf process from the beginning, applying a thin layer of adhesive just to the exposed areas, add more gold leaf, and buff again.
To add detailed patterns or images onto the egg, brush on a small amount of adhesive to the egg's surface using a small, thin brush. Allow the adhesive to dry a bit before adding your detail or shape. After adding the shape, repeat the burnishing and patching process as needed. We used a heart-shaped piece of leaf that we glued onto a bare wood egg. You could also write words, create dots or stripes, draw flowers, or design just about anything in leaf to add to your egg's surface.
The key in this step is to find a paintbrush with a delicate enough tip that lets you create thin lines with the adhesive.
Display Your Eggs
Put your pretty eggs out as part of your springtime decor, or add them to equally elegant Easter baskets. Group eggs in a bowl filled with Easter grass for a glittering springtime table centerpiece.