“Painting Flowers” Easter Egg

Materials Used:

  • 1 smooth foam egg (about 3 inches tall)
  • 1/2 inch gold sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins, various colors including green, pink, orange, purple, blue, etc.
  • clear iridescent glitter glue

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

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Directions:

  1. Draw 6 curving lines of various length radiating from the top and bottom of the foam egg.
  2. Draw branches on the lines.
  3. At the head of each line make a flower, using one color sequin for the center of the flower and 5 sequins of a different color for the petals.
  4. You can also make buds at the head of shorter lines by using 2 or 3 colored sequins.
  5. Trace the lines with green sequins to make the stems.
  6. After the flower and vine pattern is complete, paint remaining exposed foam with glitter glue.**

**Feel free to paint the foam first before you do the sequin pattern.

Here’s another variation of this design using florescent yellow glitter paint.

Classic Red & Gold Easter Egg

There is no need to stick to pastel colors when decorating Easter Eggs. In fact, I did a little research and found that traditionally eggs were often painted red to symbolize the blood of Christ.
Wikipedia has a great article on Easter Eggs including some great pictures of eggs from various eastern European countries.

Materials Used:

  • 1 smooth foam egg (about 3 inches tall)
  • 5mm gold sequins
  • 5mm red metallic sequins
  • 1/2 inch gold sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • red glitter paint**
  • two gold flower embellishments
  • two 7mm red metallic sequins
  • glue

*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**Red glitter paint was made from red metallic glitter and clear glue.

Directions:

  1. First, make a line of gold sequins around the egg dividing it into two equal halves, as shown in the video. There is usually a line left over from the manufacturing process (the mold line) that you can use to keep your line straight.
  2. Next, alternate colors of sequins, one red, one gold and so on, to create two more lines on either side of the center gold line.
  3. Make two more gold lines next to the alternating red and gold lines. You will have 5 lines running down the center mold line of your egg when finished.
  4. Next, paint the exposed foam with red glitter paint and let dry. You may need to apply several coats to get an opaque look.
  5. Once the paint is completely dry, spacing the sequins with about a 5mm gap in between each, outline your existing lines of gold sequins.
  6. Pin flower embellishment in the center of the painted section. Use the 7mm sequin as the center of the flower and be sure to pin down the petals so they lay flat.
  7. Place 12 gold sequins in a staggered pattern around the flower, as shown in the video.

You may notice that I did a few of the steps out of order on the video. That’s because I was designing it as I made it. When making this design yourself, it will be easiest if you follow the steps in the order written.

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“Reverse Pine Cone” Faberge Inspired Egg

I was looking for inspiration for a new egg design and I saw this picture on the internet. Only after completing the egg did I realize that I had actually done it upside down. That’s why I call it a “reverse pine cone”. If you are interested in learning more about the real Pine Cone Faberge Egg visit Mieks Faberge Eggs.

Materials Used

  • 1 smooth foam egg (about 3 inches tall)
  • 5mm gold sequins
  • 5mm blue dark blue sequins
  • 1/2 inch gold sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • one 5mm pearl bead
  • one pearl ended corsage pin
  • glue
  • tool to create circle shapes of a 3cm diameter**

*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**I used a sample makeup container but you can use anything that will create an impression of a circle.

Directions:

  1. First, make circle impressions on foam as shown in the video. Start with 4 intersecting circles at the top. For the second row of circles place them in between the first row of circles to create an overlapping pattern.
  2. After your pattern is finished, trace the bottom of the circles with gold sequins.
  3. Next, fill in the remaining exposed foam with blue sequins.
  4. Top with a pearl bead and corsage pin.

To use as a Christmas ornament just add a hanging ribbon at the top.

I think this looks better in reality than it does in the video. Probably because it is a very one dimensional design. Next time I make this I’ll try it with blue glitter paint and I won’t use the corsage pin at the top.

“Blue Faberge” Easter Egg

Materials Used

  • 1 smooth foam egg (about 3 inches tall)
  • 1/4 inch, light blue ribbon
  • 5mm silver hologram sequins*
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 5mm blue hologram flowers**
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • two 16mm blue hologram sunbursts
  • two 10mm silver round hologram snowflakes*
  • one 5mm round iridescent clear bead
  • four 3mm round iridescent clear bead
  • two long light blue pearl ended corsage pins
  • opal (clear iridescent) glitter glue

*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**I used a special sequin tape I found in a 100 yen
shop in Japan but you can use regular flower shaped sequins.

Directions

  1. First pin the ribbon to egg as shown in the video, dividing it into 4 equal parts vertically, and then in half horizontally. The horizontal ribbon should not be exactly center. Due to the shape of the foam and the width of the ribbon this is the best placement the horizontal ribbon. It should lay flat easily.
  2. Outline the ribbon with silver hologram sequins, using 1/2 inch pins and seed beads.
  3. Paint exposed foam with glitter glue and let dry.
  4. Once glitter is completely dry, pin flower sequins in vertical stripes in the center of painted panels.
  5. Pin embellishments where the ribbon intersects.
  6. -The side embellishments are made from 3/4 inch pins with a 3mm bead, 1 flower sequin and round hologram snowflake.
    -The top cap is made from a corsage pin, 5mm bead, flower sequin, hologram snowflake and blue hologram sunburst.
    -The bottom cap is made the same as the top cap except without the 5mm bead.

If you want to use this as a Christmas ornament just add a hanging ribbon at the top.

Let me know what you think. Please leave a comment.

“Four Leaf Clover” St. Patrick’s Day Themed Ornament

Materials Used

  • One 70mm foam ball
  • 1/2cm wide cream nylon ribbon
  • 1 3/4cm wide cream nylon ribbon
  • light green metallic 5mm slightly cupped sequins
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • gold glitter glue
  • fine metallic green glitter
  • small green clover shaped sequins
  • eight 1 1/2 cm gold hologram heart shapes*
  • small light green bicone beads
  • two 15mm hologram plum blossoms*
  • two 16mm hologram sunbursts*
  • two long pearl ended straight pins

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Directions

    1. First pin ribbon to the foam ball as shown in the video. I suggest pinning the thin ribbon first and then the thick ribbon 2nd. Pin the ribbon securely down in many places so that the ribbon doesn’t slip. You can remove the extra pins later.

    2. Next make your bow and hanging ribbon on the top. This can be tricky and I often make the mistake of doing it in the wrong order and having to go back and redo it. On your long pearl ended straight pin put the gold plum blossom shape, then the green sunburst, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow. In the video I did it backward.

    3. Outline the ribbon in the light green metallic 5mm sequins.

    4. Mix the fine green glitter with gold glitter glue and paint the remaining exposed foam. Let dry overnight.

    5. After the glitter paint is completely dried, pin the small clover sequin to the thick ribbon as shown in the video.

    6. Next, create a four leaf clover shape using 4 of the gold hologram heart shapes. Pin a small clover sequin or a regular green sequin in the center of the four leaf clover to complete the look of this embellishment.

    7. Next, pin small bicone beads on the thin ribbon on all sides of the ornament, as shown in video.

    8. Finally, create the bottom cap with a long pearl ended straight pin, sunburst and plumb blossom shape.

I hope you enjoy this design. It was a lot of fun to make.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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