It’s time for another bookish DIY project here at A Little Blue Book, and since it’s Easter, I thought it would be fun to do some bookish Easter eggs!
These fun little eggs can be used as decorations around your home OR you could use them for a bookish Easter egg hunt!
The great thing about these eggs is that you don’t need a lot of materials to make them – and they’re easy to make too! You can have your home decorated for Easter (bookworm-style) in no time!
What you need:
- Raw eggs
- Book pages
- A pair of scissors
- Glue (PVA or Mod Podge)
- Small bowl or cup for the glue
- Bowl or cup for the eggs
- Permanent markers (optional)
- Tinfoil or egg cups
- Coffee/tea (optional as always but highly recommended)
As you can see from the list, most of these things are common household items, and if you did my bookish boxes, then you already have the glue and the brush!
I’ve just used plain old PVA glue, but if you’ve got any fancy Mod Podge lying around that’ll work too. If you don’t have either, any glue that becomes clear when it dries will work too. You can usually find a good glue in craft shops, and it shouldn’t break the bank. I bought my massive bottle of PVA for £3.95 in a fancy craft shop in London, but you can probably find an even better price for it at your local craft shop or online.
You don’t need a fancy brush for this; any will do. I bought my little brush for £5.45 in a craft shop which was a bit pricey. However, if you go to a hardware store or look online, you should be able to find one that’s cheaper. The benefit of paying a bit more for a quality brush is that you’ll have it for many more DIY projects to come if you take good care of it (cleaning it with lukewarm water after you’ve used it). The cheap brushes have a tendency to lose their bristles pretty quickly, but if you only need it for one or two DIY projects then you should be fine.
How to do it:
These little eggs are easy and fun to make. The only downside is that they do need a lot of time to dry (though you can use a hairdryer to speed up the process).
Below I’ve outlined the few steps you need to follow to create your very own bookish Easter eggs!
The first thing you need to do is empty the egg of the yolk and whites. You do this by making a hole in the top centre of the egg, using the needle to push through the shell. You need to push quite hard, but be careful not to break the egg (or poking yourself with the needle! Eggs can be some slippery little suckers).
When the needle it through the shell, you make the hole a bit bigger. This will make it easier to get the egg stuff out.
Then you turn the egg upside down and make a hole in the bottom centre of the egg. This hole should be slightly bigger than the top one as this is where the yolk will be pushed through. It helps to poke a hole in the membrane surrounding the egg and in the yolk.
Now comes the fun part! You then put your lips around the hole at the top of the egg and blow. Keep blowing until all of the egg yolk and whites are out – you’ll know when that happens because it will be slow going until it’s suddenly not!
There’s no need to throw out all the yolks and egg whites. They can be refrigerated and used later.
Rinse the egg under the tap and leave it to dry.
Repeat the process with the rest of the eggs.
Once the eggs have had time to dry (you can use a hairdryer to speed up the process here), it’s time to begin coating them with the book pages.
You start by cutting two small squares out of the book pages for each egg. Then you cut into each corner of the square as shown in the picture below.
Next, you glue one of the squares to the top of the egg and fold the flaps over each other as shown below.
Now it’s time to coat the rest of the egg. This can be done in many ways, but I’ll show you two here.
The first one is to cut out narrow strips from the book pages (depending on your book’s font size, aim for one sentence per strip) and glue them on one after another. This will give you the prettiest result, but it does take a while to glue on all the sentences.
The second way to do this is by cutting out slightly wider strips (about two sentences per strip) and then cutting along the side of the strip on both sides as shown below. This will make the process of coating the eggs a lot faster, but the downside is that you will be able to see the cuts you’ve made to the sides of the strips.
I’m super impatient, so I did one with the thin strips and the rest with the wider strips.
When you’ve coated the top half of the egg, leave it to dry for a bit. I used some tinfoil to support the eggs whilst they dried, but you could also use an egg cup for each egg.
Once the eggs have had some time to dry, glue on the bottom square and coat the rest of the egg with the strips.
Now leave them to dry again.
Once the eggs have dried, you can start to decorate them with permanent markers or paint. Just let your imagination run wild!
Enjoy the result of your work! They’re ready for a bookish Easter egg hunt or use them to decorate your home.
And as always, I would absolutely love to see your bookish Easter eggs if you decide to give them a go. Do share the result with me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!