DIY Faberge Eggs with Kids

DIY Faberge Eggs with Kids

Are you looking for a fun and unique Easter eggs project? Then let me tell you about our DIY Faberge Eggs.
Egg decorating is a treasured part of my family’s spring tradition. My children always eagerly anticipate this project and even though it can be lengthy it’s a time well spent. 

A bit of History

For better or worse gone are the days of Russian Royalty.  They may be gone, but their stuff is not.   At a recent auction in Finland a 12-piece sitting room set from Romanov’s Winter Palace was sold for half a million dollars.   I guess there might be some weird sort of excitement in sitting in the same seat where Empress Alexandra Feodorovna placed her rump one hundred years ago.  To each their own.  Russian billionaire Potanin paid $95,000 for a single truffle.  Five truffles or a 12-piece sitting room set?  I pick Ikea.  
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Faberge Eggs is another treasure that is forever linked to the name of Russian Royalty.  They are also known as Russian Imperial Eggs because they were created for the Russian Imperial family.  The last Faberge Egg on the market fetched a fortune and created quite a stir.  A Midwest businessman bought a golden egg at a rummage sale for $13,000 hoping to sell it for scraps with at least $500 profit.  Failing to get rid of the egg he typed two words he found on the egg “Vacheron Constantin” into Google.  Imagine his surprise when he discovered that it was an Imperial Russian Egg made by Faberge, lost since the Bolshevik revolution and estimated at $33 million!  Are you sad your grandma didn’t leave you a Faberge Egg in her will?  We are sad too. That’s why we decided to make our own Faberge Eggs.  Our eggs won’t sell for $33 million, but who can put a price on all the fun we had making them.  “Do NOT drop that glue on the carpet!!! Do you hear me!!!  Keep glitter OVER the table!!!  Whatever you do, do NOT drop that EGG!  I said do NOT drop, not “Drop!” 
If you want some of that fun, listen up.  We will tell you how to hollow the chicken eggs (so they don’t smell like dead chickens in a week), how to preserve eggs with Mod Podge (so it will last twenty years and five cross-country moves… I don’t know why you need to move so often, but we want you to be prepared).  Finally, we will decorate the eggs and hopefully don’t destroy the carpet in the process.  This project was inspired by some of the egg projects I did with my grandma as a kid.  

I – Hallow the Eggs

The first thing you need to do is to get rid of the inside of the egg and to treat it with temperature and Mod Podge to make it last years.  My grandma’s eggs lasted for over 10 years.  They might have lasted longer but we lost them in a move.  Do it on the day when you are interested in making a big omelet or baking a huge pound cake (you need a constructive way to use up egg content).  I know some people like to blow the eggs and to be honest this method grosses me out.  I just break the yolk with a toothpick and let it flow out of the hole.  My face does not need to get anywhere close to raw egg.

To hollow the eggs
Pin (I got mine from the collar of a new shirt)
plastic bowl to collect raw eggs
baking pan

1. Use a pin to poke a hole in a pointy end of a raw egg, then poke a hole in the other end.   To poke a hole: grip the egg with a non-dominant hand as you stick the pin with your dominant hand.  Use the pin to enlarge the holes.

2.  Stick a toothpick (or something else clean and sharp) in to break up the yolk. Hold the egg over clean bowl and let the content flow out.  Use a toothpick to help this process along.   Shake the egg from time to time to get things lose.

3.  Rinse the egg with clean water, shake it gently and repeat rinsing.

4.  Dry the egg and put it in an oven safe pan.  Repeat with all your eggs and then bake them at 300F for 10 minutes.  This kills bacteria and makes the eggs stronger.

II – Preserve the Eggs

The next step is to preserve the eggs so that your grandchildren would be able to play with them because you know, scientists predicted that all plastic toys will evaporate by the year 2018 and there only things left to play with would be your DIY Faberge Eggs and maybe a turtlenecked stone gnome from garden supplies store.  To preserve eggs we will cover them with a solution of Mod Podge inside and out.

To preserve eggs:
Mod Podge
Eye dropper
Small container for mixing
Measuring spoon or cup

1.  Gather your supplies.

2.  Add equal amounts of Mod Podge and water to the container and shake it up.  Use eyedropper to drop it inside the egg.  Use a finger (on the other hand) to hold the second hole in the egg closed.

3.  Close both holes with your fingers and shake it up and down.

4.  Use eyedropper to drop the same solution on the outside.  Cover it generously and let it dry.

III – Decorating Fun

Faberge Eggs with Kids.  Fun at home with Kids.

This is a super fun part, if you like glitter and glue.  If you need an inspiration I have a Faberge Eggs board on pinterest.  I might have mixed some Faberge Cakes in.  I couldn’t resist the temptation.

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Things you need
a bit of play dough (to serve as a base)
paints (tempera and acrylic)
paint brushes
nail polishes
toilet paper roll (can be used as an egg base)
tape (if egg doesn’t stay put on a chopstick)
stickers (we used a clock sticker as some Faberge eggs have clocks)
and whatever else you can think of for decorating your eggs

What I like to do first is to apply a bright base color.  It’s easier to do if you put a chopstick through one end of an egg to make it look like a lollypop.  If the hole on the top of the egg is too large and the egg is sliding down, make chopstick fatter by wrapping a few layers of tape around it.  Now stick the base of your lollypop in a piece of play dough.  Voila you have two free hands and an easy access to all the sides of an egg.  Even a child can paint it now.

If you like your egg to have a shimmery glow all over, apply glitter right after you paint the egg.  Glitter will stick to the wet paint.  I prefer to do this step outside, if the weather cooperates.  You might also do it at home over a newspaper or large plate.

Stick your eggs outside to dry.

3. Instead of copying one particular egg what we did was study pictures of Faberge eggs, then close all pages and just let our imagination guide us.  There are many different things you can do to your eggs.  For example, you can glue a ribbon to the egg

and then glue rhinestones to the ribbon to imitate diamonds.

You can make designs with gemstones and glitter (silver glitter was sprinkled over mounds of glue).

You can make a dragon egg.  Here the egg was painted pink, then we used a brush to apply wavy glue lines and sprinkled the egg with colorful glitter.  Once the glue and glitter were dry, we glued a pink bead to the top (it’s right on top, if you are 6, it’s a bit to the side, if you are 36) and glued the dragon to the bead.  It’s every dragon-lovers favorite egg.

 My daughter is into sticky beads

So her favorite egg is covered with jewels.

My favorite egg is probably this one

I love the simplicity and the symmetry.  It’s made with white tempera paint and flower sticky beads.  Don’t forget the white glitter.  Generally, when in doubt apply more glitter.

Some Faberge Eggs have clocks built into them.  We made a Faberge Egg with a clock too.  Kids named it Tropical Clock.  I wonder why… The clock is a picture we cut out of a magazine.  

If you want to learn more about Carl Faberge, try this website.  And if you want to learn more about Faberge Eggs, try here.  And if you are interested in some fun Faberge math, check this post (it’s in the second section of the unit study).

If all fails, you can go onamazon and buy this beautiful Faberge Jewelry Egg.  Or get inspired by reading Faberge’s Eggs by Tony Faber.

Some other posts that might interest you

Russian Tsars Unit Study
What Russian Tsar ate for Breakfast
Russia for Kids

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