Got the Christmas tree up but can’t find the perfect ornaments to match the vision of decorative, festive wonder you had in mind? Whether you’re looking for tree ornaments in a specific color, or maybe you have some but the tree still looks bare, or if you simply want something more sparkly than the shops have to offer, you may need to turn to a little DIY. Enter: eggshell Christmas ornaments. Don’t crack up just yet! You’ll be amazed by how “eggcellent” they look when they’re done.
Even if you’ve left decorating the Christmas tree to the last minute, chances are you’ve probably got a carton of eggs in the fridge, a bottle of nail polish in the back of the bathroom cabinet and some ribbon at the bottom of your sewing kit. So fear not, here are the easy-to-follow instructions for making your own Christmas eggshell decorations.
What You’ll Need
- Six eggs
- Large-gauge syringe (The quickest, easiest way to blow eggs is to use a large-gauge syringe. My local pharmacist happily provided the appropriate size when I explained what I needed it for.)
- Nail polish
- Sewing pin
- Fine paintbrush
- Craft glue
How to Make DIY Eggshell Ornaments
- Extract egg yolk and white from egg and clean. Use the sewing pin to make a small hole at either end of the egg, gently shake the egg and then use the syringe to extract the yolk and white, transferring the filling to a bowl so you can use it later. If the egg blocks the syringe, just rinse it with clean cold water.
- Once the shell is empty, use the syringe to half fill the shell with clean water, shake it, and extract it with the syringe. Repeat until the water comes out clean, then place the egg aside to dry thoroughly (leaving them out overnight is best).
- Then begin applying the nail polish. Paint one side of each egg with a single coat and allow to dry before painting the other half. Keep adding coats until the paint finish is smooth and even. The number of coats will depend on the color and quality of the nail polish.
- Once the nail polish is dry you can decorate by adding glitter, if desired. Simply paint the egg, or part of it, with craft glue and sprinkle with glitter, then set aside to dry.
- Then, add the ribbon loop. Take a 9-inch length of ribbon, loop it around a cylinder (a hairspray can works well), tie a knot and then a bow. Squeeze a dot of glue onto the pointy end of the egg, and press the bow onto the glue. Leave to dry and then trim the tails of the bow to the desired length.
This article was originally written by Francesca Newby and Tahni Mesann. For more, check out our sister site, Homes to Love.