There are lots of fancy Easter Egg dying tutorials, but the downside of using hard boiled eggs—they go bad within only a few days. This tutorial is perfect if you want to have eggs you can enjoy year after year. And the technique is easier than you think as I discovered Liquid Gold Leaf, so there is only one step for getting the gold look. So much easier than the traditional Gold Leaf Sheets.
- Papier-mache eggs (I found them at Joann’s and also Michaels)
- Acrylic craft paint (I used a variety of bright colors including teal, lime green, pink, orange, yellow and white)
- Liquid Gold Leaf (I found it at Michaels)
- Natural Sponges
- Paint brushes
- Drying Pin-Board (You can make one with foam board/floral foam and flathead pins)
- Cadbury Mini Eggs (Okay, you don’t really need these, but they make Easter crafting so much more enjoyable—so good!)
- Create a Drying Pin-Board. I loosely followed the instructions by Martha Stewart that you can find here. All I had on hand was floral foam and it worked fine. I also did not measure perfectly per her instructions. No one has time for that, well, at least I don’t.
- Paint eggs with acrylic paint. I found it worked best to “prime” the eggs with a coat of white first (at least for the lighter colors). All colors needed a couple coats. Let eggs dry between coats and before moving on to next step.
- Once eggs are dry, sponge on the liquid gold leaf. You can apply as much or as little as you want, depending on the look you are going for. In a few seconds you’ll have a gold leaf egg. It’s that easy! No glue or gold-leaf sheets needed.