Picture your Easter table with spring flowers cascading out of this
vintage Easter Egg Pot! The Victorians loved gold leaf, trompe
l'oeil painting, neo-classic design, and
oversized eggs, so
we brought them all together in this Easter craft. We thought
time that we offered a craft with some decorative painting, so
chose a simple starting point - pussy willows. They are basically brown
lines with gray ovals. You can do it!
body of this vintage-look Easter Egg Pot is the good old paper machè
the feet are wooden drawer knobs. What makes it all shimmer is
the gold leaf and antiquing glaze.
our Easter Egg Pot are charming
vintage images of little girls wearing pastel bonnets and egg shells,
and holding bundles of pussy willows. You'll see the link below to
download the Free vintage images as a PDF file.
Liquid starch (or your preferred paper machè
White gesso or white primer paint.
Craft paint; white, dark brown, gray,
Spray paint, any color.
Varnish, water-based or oil-based, liquid or
Acrylic glaze medium.
Tacky craft glue (like Aleene's).
Hot glue gun.
Paint brushes for background color and varnish
(foam disposables are good).
Artist paint brushes.
Foam cosmetic applicator wedge (makeup sponge).
Small 1/2" wood screws, three.
Sand paper, fine.
Small bowl, about 5.5" diameter rim.
Straight pins or quilter's pins.
Small manicure scissors.
up the balloon and knot the end. Tie a few feet of string to
the balloon knot and
tie a paper clip hook to the other end so you can hang
the balloon up to dry. Cover the balloon with a single layer
of paper machè (instructions)
and let it dry. Lightly sand the paper machè to remove
wrinkles. Apply a light coat of spray paint to tint the paper
machè. This will help you recognize the first layer of
paper when you apply the second layer.
three more layers of paper machè, sanding and spray painting lightly
between each layer. Hang it up to dry thoroughly. Lightly sand the
final layer. (See how easy it is to add a uniform layer when the prior
layer is spray painted red?)
the balloon, string end up, on the small bowl. Secure the
bowl to the balloon with masking tape. With a pencil or
marker, draw the jagged top cut lines, so the final opening is at least
6" in diameter (you may want to place a standard 6" flower pot in your
egg). Cut the jagged top edge with scissors or a craft knife.
On the bottom of the egg, trace around the rim
of the bowl with a pencil to mark off a circle. Mark three,
equidistant dots around the circumference of the circle (see Tips). Push a pin through each
dot so you can feel the holes from the inside. Remove the pins and
insert the three
small screws through the pin holes from the inside. Apply a little glue
around the screw heads to secure them.
the three wooden drawer knobs with varnish and let dry. Cover the knobs
with gold leaf, following the manufacturer's instructions (see Tips). Brush on a coat of varnish and
on a coat of gesso (or white primer
paint) over the egg, and inside if you wish, and let dry. Brush on two
coats of white craft paint, letting it dry between coats.
Apply hot glue to the drawer knobs and push
them onto the three screws protruding from the bottom of the egg. No
hot glue gun? Craft glue will work, but won't be as secure.
Stand the ruler up against the egg and
determine where the top edge of the gold leaf band should be. Tape the
pencil to the ruler and draw a line completely around the egg (hold the
ruler and rotate the egg, or vice versa). Now, move the pencil 3 1/2"
down the ruler and draw a line for the bottom edge of the gold band.
is a good time to mark the final location of the eight decals
with eight very small
dots evenly around the center of the band.
the eight vintage images on the waterslide decal paper.
Let the ink dry for 30 minutes. Trim the egg template and use it to
trace around the images. Trim the images to the egg shapes, being sure
to cut away the
gold size within the two pencil lines. Be sure
the size just covers the pencil lines.
the decals to the wet gold size over those pencil dots you marked
earlier - remember? Follow
the manufacturers instructions for applying the decals. Avoid getting
excess water or finger oils on the
size. Let the decals dry until the size is ready for the gold
leaf application (see Tips).
the gold leaf to the size, following the package instructions. Use a
soft paint brush to pounce the leaf to the size, and brush away the
excess leaf. Use a soft tissue or cloth to burnish and polish the leaf.
The images should be completely free of leaf. Brush or spray on a coat
of varnish and let it dry.
Mix up some thin antiquing glaze from brown
craft paint, acrylic glaze medium, and a few drops of water (follow the
directions on the acrylic glaze medium). Brush it over the Easter egg
section at a time, and wipe it off immediately with a soft rag (damp if
necessary). You want a very light antique patina over the
to paint pussy willows! Brush on a thin line of brown craft paint along
the top and bottom edges of the gold leaf band. Add small brown V
where you want the pussy willow blossoms. Let it dry.
the manicure scissors to cut the end of the foam cosmetic applicator
a small oval shape.
the end of the applicator in the gray paint and "stamp" pussy willow
blossoms along your stems. Let dry. With a thin artist brush, add black
shading along the bottom of the stems, and white highlights to the tops
of the blossoms. Let it dry.
Varnish the whole thing again and let it dry.
Drop a pot of tulips or hyacinths into your
Easter Egg Pot and make it the centerpiece for Easter morning brunch!
Choosing the right balloon for your Easter egg
pot is important. Ours
was a Hallmark product, labeled "11 inch diameter, helium quality"
which means it is pretty tough plastic.
the heck do we mean by "mark three equidistant dots around the
circumference of the circle?" Well, you need to put three ball feet on
this pot, and they need to be spaced evenly around the bottom of the
pot, like a three-legged stool. Once you've drawn your circle on the
bottom of the pot using the
small bowl as a template, find
the center of the circle (which should be the exact bottom point of
your pot). Draw a line from the center point straight out to the
circumference line. That is the radius of the circle, like the spoke of
a wheel. Use a compass (or your eagle-eye) to draw another
radius line, 120° from the first line. Now draw a third radius
line, 120° from the second line. You should have divided the circle
three equal sections. Where these radius lines meet the circumference
line is where you'll glue the wooden ball feet.
Gold leaf is an extremely thin sheet
of metal that is glued to a surface. The glue, called size, is brushed
on the surface and allowed to dry until it is tacky, usually 30-60
minutes. As soon as the gold leaf touches the size, it sticks -
forever. When the leaf is placed, you gently pounce and brush it with a
to remove the excess leaf. You'll end up with a pile of gold flakes you
can sprinkle on bare areas, but they are not much more use
that. We used Gold Leaf and Size produced by Mona Lisa Products.
Gold leaf can be messy, and the size is sticky
for 24 hours, so be prepared for that.
The drawer knobs should have come with mounting screws. Screw them into
the knobs so you can hold the knobs through the process. Set up some
way to hold the knobs (clothes pins, a foam block, hooks for hanging)
while the varnish and size are drying. Why varnish them first?
The wet size
will soak into unsealed wood and the gold leaf won't stick completely
(VOE - Voice
There are several brands of waterslide decal
paper for inkjet printers. We used the granddaddy, Lazertran Inkjet.
Whichever brand you use, follow the instructions carefully, especially
concerning how to set the paper and inking configuration on your
printer. Here are a few tips for this project: (1) Use warm water. This
relaxes the decal film a bit so it will drape better on the curved
surface of the egg. (2) Before applying the decal to the egg, dab both
sides on a tissue to remove excess water. (3) Gently press the decal to
the surface of the
egg, smoothing out the wrinkles with your fingers. Don't rub or you may
damage the image or the surrounding size. (4) On a curved
the decal may develop tiny folds around the outside edge -
stress. Just press them as flat as you can. They will be barely visible
after you apply varnish.
A few coats of varnish inside your Easter egg
make it water resistant, but not waterproof. You can coat the inside
with casting resin or Liquitex Lite to completely seal it.
Want to know more about gold leaf? Visit The Gold Vault - Gold Leaf Project Kits.
This site is all about craft gilding using imitation gold leaf.
There are free, fully illustrated tutorials showing how to apply gold
leaf to wood, paper and leather and even apples! They also show
various methods of creating antique and other distressed finishes to