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How to Make a Fabergé Egg With Your Kids
Would you like to learn how to make one-of-a-kind decorated eggs that last forever?
You and your family can create your own Fabergé-inspired works of art from real eggs. It’s easy and fun, and the results are beautiful.
In this article I’ll show you how to use authentic Fabergé eggs as the artistic inspiration to decorate your own Fabergé-style egg. First I’ll show you how to hollow out a real egg so your work of art will last forever.
What Are Fabergé Eggs?
These lavish Easter eggs were created by legendary artist and goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé. He was the goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court between 1885 and 1916.
Fabergé eggs are also called Imperial eggs since they were created for the Russian Imperial family. The Imperial Easter eggs are regarded as one of Fabergé’s greatest artistic achievements. They are also considered some of the world’s greatest commissions of art.
You and your kids can decorate your own eggs, inspired by the Fabergé eggs that are worth millions.
Easter was the most important religious holiday for the Russian Orthodox Church, so Tsar Alexander III hired Fabergé to create unique Easter eggs for his wife, the Empress Marie Fedorovna. This lavish tradition of jeweled eggs continued for 32 years until 1917.
You can see the story of the Fabergé Imperial eggs in this video.
According to Faberge.com:
“A centuries-old tradition of bringing hand-coloured eggs to Church to be blessed and then presented to friends and family, had evolved through the years and, amongst the highest echelons of St. Petersburg society, the custom developed of presenting valuably bejewelled Easter gifts. So it was that Tsar Alexander III had the idea of commissioning Fabergé to create a precious Easter egg as a surprise for the Empress, and thus the first Imperial Easter egg was born.”
You can appreciate the fantastic artistry of Fabergé Imperial eggs in this slideshow.
In recent news, a new museum has opened in St. Petersburg and has an exquisite collection of Fabergé eggs now on display.
I first became interested in Fabergé eggs when I was a child. My grandmother’s friend had a hobby of creating her own Fabergé-style eggs. My grandmother is approaching her 90th birthday and these eggs from her friend are still a featured treasure on display in her home.
As a teenager I enjoyed hollowing out real eggs, and then painting them by hand as gifts for my family. This little egg below was one of my grandfather’s favorites and my grandmother still displays it with her other eggs.
Now that I have a child of my own, I figured what better way to create a treasured egg than to be inspired by Fabergé? And I wanted to share our tradition with you.
Are you ready to make your own Fabergé egg?
You Will Need
To hollow the eggs:
- Eggs (one egg for each person)
- Large safety pins
- 2 plastic bowls
- A small cup of water
To paint and decorate the eggs:
- Bamboo cooking skewers
- Small rubber bands
- Acrylic or tempera paint (any water-based opaque paint for kids)
- Paint brushes
- Craft glue
- Permanent markers
- Glitter glue
- Paper plates for mixing paint
- Paper towels
- Small cardboard roll
30 minutes to gather supplies and hollow the eggs
30 minutes to decorate the eggs
Any table in your home or outside
Now let’s get started!
#1: How to Hollow Your Eggs
First you need to empty out the egg white and yolk inside of each egg. This will leave you with an empty eggshell to decorate.
By hollowing the eggs, you’ll be able to save your eggs forever and not have to worry about your egg being perishable.
Gather your supplies needed to hollow the eggs.
Watch this video and hollow your eggs!
Watch this video for easy-to-follow instructions on how to empty your egg by blowing out the egg white and yolk.
Now that your eggs are empty, gently rinse them out, dry them off, and prepare them for decorating.
#2: Prepare Your Eggs for Decorating
Gather your empty eggs and bamboo skewers. The bamboo skewers are a great way to hold your delicate egg and easily decorate all sides.
Since your egg has two holes (one on each end), insert the pointed end of a skewer into the bottom hole of the egg and guide it through the top hole as well. If the top hole is small enough, the egg will sit nicely on the top of the skewer and not slide down.
If the holes in your egg are too large for the skewer and the egg slips down, you can use this simple trick:
Wrap a small rubber band tightly on the skewer about 1/3 of the way down.Insert the skewer into the bottom of the egg and the egg will sit on the rubber band. Add another rubber band above the egg and slide down to secure the egg.
Now that our eggs are ready, let’s find some inspiration!
#3: Find a Fabergé Egg That Inspires You
I created a Pinterest board of Fabergé eggs to make it easy to find an egg for inspiration. You can choose an authentic Fabergé egg to inspire you or create a unique design of your own.
Notice that most eggs have a base color and unique decorations in gold, silver and precious gemstones.
Create an egg along with your child to share this creative activity as a family.
We chose these two eggs for our inspiration.
#4: Time to Paint and Decorate Your Egg
Gather your painting and decorating supplies.
First, choose a color to use as your base color and mix your paint.
While the paint is still wet, lightly sprinkle glitter into your paint to create a shimmering egg.
Let the painted egg dry thoroughly.
When using craft glue to apply your ribbon, it’s best to let the glue dry a little so it’s very tacky before you apply the ribbon. This will help the ribbon adhere to the egg.
Have fun embellishing your eggs!
Allow your eggs to dry by placing your skewers in a small vase.
Voilà! Fabergé eggs!
#5: Create a Personalized Egg Using What You’ve Learned
You can use what you’ve learned to create your very own personalized egg.
#6: Create a Stand to Hold Your Egg
Now it’s time to create a stand to display your egg and keep it from rolling around!
You can use an everyday cardboard tube from paper towels or toilet tissue to create an egg stand.
Cut the paper tube open and cut a strip an inch wide from the top of the roll. Slide the two ends together to make the tube small enough for your egg to sit on top of and not fall inside. Once you have the right size, staple the ends together.
Decorate your egg stand any way you’d like. We simply wrapped our stand with ribbon and secured it with a staple.
Present your finished Fabergé egg!
Some Final Thoughts…
While real Fabergé eggs were made with precious metals and gemstones, you can recreate their glimmering effects with your craft supplies at home. This craft is a fun way for families to spend time together appreciating the artistry of Fabergé and creating keepsake eggs that will last longer than Easter candy.
Personalized eggs also make great gifts for family and friends.
What do you think? Have you ever seen a real Fabergé egg in person? I’d love to hear your story if you have. Do you know other techniques to create decorated eggs that will last beyond the Easter season? Please share your ideas and techniques. If you create a Fabergé egg of your own, please share a picture below!