I am feeling a little behind on decorating eggs- I’m not sure if our family just does a little bit less for Easter or if it’s the difference between Canada and the States, but I’m so surprised by all the egg hunts and Easter craziness I’m seeing on my Instagram feed! You guys are SO much fun- we’re saving all our Easter celebrations for Sunday/Monday. BUT, I did want to decorate some eggs- so I went for it while my kiddos were napping yesterday. Meet my pastel and gold leaf Easter eggs! You may or may not have noticed, but I’m a little bit obsessed with this liquid gold leaf. I got it to use for Saint Patrick’s Day and used it on my Gilded Shamrock Cake Topper and my Gold Leaf Quotes, so you know I had to test it out for Easter!
This was such a quick and easy project- and I didn’t have to buy a single thing. I’ve always used the dye kits to colour Easter Eggs, but since my kiddos were napping, I couldn’t run out and pick any up (how life has changed!), so I worked with what I had. After a quick Google search, the internets were pretty confident that you can just add vinegar and food colour to boiling water. It totally worked! I left the eggs in the colour while I gathered my gold leaf and paintbrushes. When I came back, they were this perfect soft purple colour.
Let them dry completely (I just used my cardboard egg flat) before starting with your gold leaf (this will save you from purple fingers- but I’m not sure there would be any other issue if you didn’t wait). I love the liquid gold leaf because it’s easy to paint on and there’s no sticky mess like traditional gold leaf! If I’m doing a large surface, I dab the paint on to get a bit more texture, but I didn’t worry about it too much here. Just dip your paint brush in and paint a design on!
Easy as 1-2-3, right? I love that these have a bit of grown-up appeal to them, but they’re pretty much no-fuss. I chose a couple simple patterns and attempted hand lettering on a couple. Eggs are not the easiest thing paint with a steady hand! Although, I kind of like how imperfect the ‘Hip Hop, Hippety Hop’ one is. Oh, and I totally channelled my inner Sugar and Cloth for that brush stroke one.
What do you guys think? Would you give it a shot? I didn’t think it was possible to like eggs as much as I liked my Pastel Marbled ones last year- but these are pretty darn close! If you missed my eggs last year… they’re one of my all-time fave projects still. Plus I miss having my dad’s marble mantle to photograph projects on! I’d love to hear if you are decorating eggs this year.
I haven’t done any any egg decorating in ages! I’m sure once Isla is old enough to figure out what Easter is all about she’ll ask to colour eggs and I’ll happily oblige. (And then make an enormous potato salad and egg salad sandwiches, lol.)
I LOVE potato salad! That’s probably what I look forward to most around Easter time, and it completely slipped my mind to make any! I also can’t wait ’til my kiddos are old enough to decorate with me :)
These are the most beautiful Easter eggs I have seen on blogs so far. Well done! What a great inspiration x
Thanks so much Uli, that’s such a compliment! I love how you and your friends decorated your town with eggs- what a fun tradition!
Amy | Club Narwhal
Colleen, these are the PRETTIEST eggs! I love gold leaf and they make the eggs so elegant and festive!
Thanks so much Amy, you’re making my day! I’ve been wanting to gold leaf everything!