That’s it, it couldn’t really be simpler than that!
What you’ll need:
- One hen’s egg (free range) (or larger egg if you have it, duck, goose or even ostrich)
- Glue gun and a small amount of hot melt glue
- Spray paint, any colour will do, but black, red, green, gold or silver are the best
- a little bit of acrylic paint, for the distressing (black or dark brown)
When you’ve done, why not have a look at dadcando, where you’ll find free downloadable printables for an Egg Stand and Antique Egg Mailing box.
It’s a great project for Easter, or any other time of year when Dragon Eggs are in season.
step 2Blow the egg
The whole blowing part is a good job to get the kids to do (a bit of at least), anything from about 8 -9 years old or onwards should be fine.
Collect the white and yolk in a suitable bowl or jug, and save for later conversion into scramble or an omelet (probably best if you do this the same day and once you have blown all over the egg yolk and white, I’m not sure how long it will keep). Also (not to be gross, but) all that blow / spittle that you might have got into the mix as a byproduct of all that blowing, might preclude the serving of said scramble to guests outside the immediate family!
Once all the egg white and yolk is (rather cathartically) evacuated, run the egg under the cold tap to clean out the inside as much as possible. If you can, it might be worth filling your mouth with water and blowing that through the egg. You don’t want it getting smelly. I have to say that I have never had an egg prepared like this go bad.
step 5Spray the Dragon’s Egg
I have a number of old cans of spray paint and so I chose black (with a red glow at the bottom), half and half gold and silver, and a really rich green.
If you don’t have spray paint then any water proof paint will do, household emulsion (called Latex paint in the US), or even nail varnish, (ASK THE OWNER of the nail varnish first, that stuff can be expensive!)
You could try almost any colour. I believe that Dragon’s Eggs of almost any real colour have been described and I’m sure there are a few out there with imaginary colours!
Use the edge of a corrugated cardboard box, the prong in the middle of the egg box, some flower arranging foam, or a large bit of Blu Tak to pop the other end of the cocktail stick in to hold the egg while it dries. (how easy is that?!)
step 7Add surface highlights
step 8Cut off cocktail stick handle
Either use a strong pair of kitchen scissors or better still a pair of wire cutters (blades meet rather than shear).
Do not rest the Dragon’s Egg on anything and use force that could translate to the Dragon’s Egg itself, when cutting off the stick.
If you want you could place the cocktail stick in a vice and hacksaw it through carefully.