Plaster Easter eggs19/03/2021
A small craft project to give simple eggs a look with a little structure. Golden color makes the whole thing even more festive.
Time required: approx. 10 minutes per egg
Materials: eggs (blown out or old decorative eggs), plaster bandages, a bowl of water, scissors, matches, string, possibly some covering foil
[Unpaid ad] With this little handicraft project, old eggs can be prettied up or freshly blown eggs can be decorated. Since working with plaster always leaves its mark on my work area, I cover the work surface with an old plastic tablecloth or covering foil, so the table stays clean. Plaster is usually easy to remove, but better safe than sorry.
The need for plaster bandage is relatively low. Only one layer of plaster should be glued to the eggs, otherwise the whole thing quickly looks bulky and shapeless on the relatively small chicken eggs. For larger eggs, I think you can work with several layers.
If the eggs don’t have a hanger yet, this is relatively easy to make yourself. To do this, a match is broken into two or three pieces. The cord is then knotted around one of the pieces, making sure that the knot on the match cannot be moved or can only be moved with great difficulty. The knot shouldn’t be too thick.
Now we push the match through one of the “blow-out holes” into the egg. For this, the hole may have to be widened a little.
When the whole match is in the egg, push in a bit of string. So the match can lie across and can no longer fall out of the egg. Now the egg is ready for the next step.
Since the plaster bandage cannot be touched with wet hands (then the whole thing clumps together and can no longer be used), it is essential to cut small pieces first. I worked with slightly longer pieces, about 1.5cm x 3cm in size. However, longer, thinner strips or squares are also possible. The structure on the egg changes accordingly.
Now the plaster strips are briefly dipped in water and then placed flat on the egg. Make sure there are not too many layers on top of each other. Put the strips to be processed aside so they do not get wet (the plaster will then become hard and can no longer be used).
If the egg is completely covered with plaster, it must be hung up to dry, so no unsightly pressure points arise. I put a branch on a cardboard box and simply tied the eggs to it.
When the plaster has dried, the egg can be painted as desired. I only painted part of it so you can still see the plaster structure.