Lately I’ve seen tons of cool web photos of eggs painted with nail polish. This little project has Craftynail written all over it! It combines two of my favorite things- easter eggs and nail polish. I am like a little kid at easter time! I still color eggs every year even though I am 35 yrs old and I don’t even have children yet (I know, I need to get movin on that)!
HOW TO DRAIN AN EGG- Use a sharp craft knife, a sewing needle or anything sharp. I used a heavy duty safety pin. Basically, you hold the pin over the top of the egg (cradling the egg in your hand as to evenly distribute pressure on it) and then tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap a bunch of times until one small hole breaks the shell. You can stick the pin in and softly move it around to make the hole a little bigger. Then do the same technique on the bottom of the egg. Try to make the bottom hole a little bigger than the top hole. Once it has two holes- then you can position your mouth over the top hole and carefully blow the liquid egg out of the large bottom hole. I’ve heard that this part can be tricky. ( I cheated a little because I found a damaged egg in my dozen that already had a decent-sized hole/crack in the bottom.)
LET THE EGG DRY- Rinse your egg out with some water and then set it somewhere to dry. This was the hardest part for me since I wanted to paint it ASAP! I waited about two days and it seemed nice n dry since no water dripped out when I rotated the egg around.
HOW TO PAINT YOUR EGG- My egg was brown so I chose dense/opaque polish. The easiest way for me was to hold the egg on the bottom, and paint the top section with nail polish. Then I set the egg down and let it dry for a half hour or so. Once the polish seemed dryish, then I grasped the egg on that painted part and began painting the rest of the bare egg. I’m sure there’s a way to do it all at once, but after smudging it and getting polish all over the pads of my fingers I decided to let half of it dry first. Patience is a virtue!
EMBELLISHMENTS- I chose not to embellish my first attempt. I’m sure you could jazz your egg up in a million different ways though- konad nail stamping, rhinestones, stripers, etc. Next time I really want to glue on some tiny beads or loose glitter! You could also put a topcoat on if you choose. I considered applying a layer of laminating glue to make it nice n shiny. But the glue bottle says it takes 24hrs to dry- and ain’t nobody got time for that!
DISPLAY- I placed my egg on a tealight candle holder which seems to cradle the egg nicely. Or you could cutup and decorate a toilet paper roll as an egg holder. My pretty egg is now on display by my nail polish stash. I get to admire my eggy artwork everyday now!
I can’t wait to try this project again! Oh, and in case you’re wondering- I’m wearing Orly Coffee Break on my nails! Or as we say in New York- Cawfee Break. Got the urge to see more nail polish eggs? Check out the Small Things Made Significant blog… she has created several awesome posts with pretty eggs. 😀
21 thoughts on “How to decorate easter eggs with nail polish!”
This is such a cute Easter idea! I must admit that I haven’t really ever got into the crafty side of Easter- I’m always focused on the chocolate part!!- but this is such a fab way to decorate with things I will have already in the house. Thanks for the Inspo xxx
Yes- chocolate is the best part!
Such a beautifull egg. Do you want kids?
Thanks! And yes- I do want kids. Why…do you have some you want to offload? hehe
Ghehe no just curious. I am 40 without kids. But still happy hihi
That’s such an awesome idea! And I love your egg. It’s beautiful.
Aww thanks Danette!
Totally going to try this with my mini me! She will love it – also loving your nails in these pics 😀 x
Yes- you girls should try it! It was fun… took longer than I expected… but kids always manage to whip through projects at a fast pace 🙂
really cool idea. if i showed my little one she would be on it in a heart beat. definitly going to be this weekends project. one for home and another for work. thanks
yeah! if you are going to drain your eggs instead of boiling them you can do it now so you’ll be all ready for the weekend 🙂
good idea 🙂
I followed a youtube tutorial on how to drain eggs… but now i can’t find that vid!
Now this I can try! Thank you! What a great idea. I may have some foreign exchange college students coming over for Easter. The girls will love it! and the guys … Well, they can just watch TV – the only girls in this house are me and the dog :). Can’t wait!
That will be so fun! Girl power!
Very nice! 🙂 I like this kind of Easter egg.
Thanks! I used a lot of old sally hansen xtreme wear colors. I never wear them anymore (they chip too fast) so they’re perfect to use up for a project like this!
I love the color combination. You can tell you’re a nail polish expert! Your eggshell looks great! Thanks for feature and stay tuned for more Easter projects 🙂
Thanks! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Easter crafts are so pretty and cheery….
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and thank you for being an awesome blogger and inspiring me!
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