Gold is one of my favorite hot colors right now, so with Easter coming soon, I decided to bring the gold trend into my Easter home decor by making some gorgeous gold leaf Easter eggs!
These Easter eggs are very easy to make, but look so luxurious and unique. They are a great way to welcome spring into your home, and look amazing tucked inside a homemade bird nest that is also easy to make. I’ll show you how!
Gold leaf Easter eggs supplies:
- 2.5 inch wood eggs
- Spray paint (in various colors- I used Design Master)
- Foam brushes – two
- Studio 71 Gesso or Mod Podge
- Gold leaf sheets
- Spray sealer
- Angel hair vine filler
- Spanish moss (I used the grey and green colors)
- Thin wire
- Wire cutters
- Bowl (any bowl from your kitchen will work- it will be used as a mold)
- Glue gun
To Make the gold leaf Easter eggs:
Step 1: Spray paint the wood Easter eggs in your desired colors. It is always best to use multiple light coats of paint to avoid dripping. Apply two coats for a more vibrant color, and let dry between coats. I used a piece of styrofoam, and stuck sucker sticks (toothpicks work as well) into the foam to make a surface to easily paint the eggs on without them rolling and ruining the paint.
Step 2: Using a foam brush, apply the gesso or Mod Podge onto the painted Easter egg by brushing on a thin coat wherever you would like the gold to be. I did about a third of the egg at a time to make it a bit easier.
Step 4: Let dry for a minute or two, and then use a soft brush or a clean dry foam brush to gently brush the gold leaf in one direction to make sure the gold leaf is properly adhered and to brush away any of the excess gold. Repeat this process for the rest of the egg, and for each of the painted eggs. Each Easter egg will look unique, and you can manipulate how you want each one to look. If you want more gold, then apply another thin bit of gesso or Mod Podge, and add more gold leaf and brush off the excess. If you want more color showing through and less gold, then brush away more of the gold leaf off the egg with the brush.
Step 5: Once all of the eggs have their gold leaf applied, use a spray sealer to seal the egg. Don’t skip this step! If you don’t seal it, then you will have gold leaf falling off and your Easter eggs won’t last as long. Save all your hard work and seal the eggs. I used two thin coats on each side of my eggs, and the gold leaf isn’t going anywhere!
To make the nests:
Step 1: Find a bowl in your kitchen that is about the same size as you want your nest to be. Flip the bowl upside down on a table or counter, and wrap the angel hair vine filler around the bowl to form a nest. You can trim away any excess filler that you don’t need. Cut a few short pieces of thin wire and use it to adhere the two sides of the nest together. I used three or four pieces of wire, and it worked perfectly! Remove the nest from the bowl, and trim any pieces the you don’t need from the nest. The nest will keep its’ form, but you can also move things around a bit if you need to to get a nice round nest shape.
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Laura is a wife, mom of four, and the owner and creator of Make Life Lovely, a creative blog filled with creative craft tutorials, DIY projects, party tips, holiday ideas, home decor, and more. A former elementary school teacher, Laura loves getting crafty, planning parties, going on adventures with her family, and eating frozen yogurt.