I love a gorgeous Easter egg to adorn my holiday table but some of the DIY’s out there would have Picasso rolling his eyes. Between the dying. ribbon, glitter and precise hand painted adornments you’d need a workshop of elves to do the job, and isn’t that another holiday all together? Last year we used natural fruits, veggies and spices to dye our eggs. While we loved the rich colors the process was labor intensive. This year we set out for a simpler path to elegant and found it using gold paint and fishnet stockings. It’s true, fishnets really do spice everything up.
I found this great Noritake tea cup and saucer at Elegant Findings Antiques on Charles Street and thought it was just the vintage touch our fishnet clad egg needed. I think I’ll put one at each setting with a place card propped up against it. See full diy steps below. If you can draw a stick figure you can handle this one, promise.
I was thrilled to find Pete & Gerry’s Heirloom Eggs at Whole Foods which have a natural pale blue color to them. This is exactly the hue I was going for when my moment of Easter inspiration hit me while Spring cleaning. And with a hectic schedule this week I was thrilled to be able to skip the dying step all together.
First things first, you’ll need to hard boil your eggs. If you always end up with half your eggs cracked, you’re doing something wrong. Read Moo’s tips for the perfect hard boiled egg and you’ll save yourself a lot of heartache.
Next, place a fishnet stocking over your hard boiled egg. I used a fishnet sock from American Apparel just so there wouldn’t be as much excess material. Pull the stocking tight and tie off with a rubber band to secure.
Using a fine point paint brush fill sporadic squares created by the fishnet with the gold paint. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Be creative. I would just avoid painting too many side-by-side squares.
NOTE: I used Golden Acrylics paint in Iridescent Gold (course). Any acrylic paint would work but to get the look above make sure it has an iridescent quality to it.
Tags: china, craft, Easter, eggs, hard boil, holiday, paint, spring, vintage