22 March 2012
Every year I blow a new batch of colorful Easter eggs, and every year people tell me I am crazy for spending all that time on something that "will never last."
But here is the thing: they do last.
Or, I should say, they can last if you take a couple extra steps. Last year I skipped a critical step and they didn't last. They done busted. I opened up my egg basket (and yes, I keep all my eggs in one basket) and this is an example of what I found:
I know what you are saying... OK fine, I get it, but how do I seal the egg shell from the inside?
Boom. Here it is:
Bear with me, this is going to sound more complicated than it actually is:
First create a sealant coat out of equal parts Mod Podge and water. You can brush it on the outside easy enough, but getting it on the inside takes some finesse. If you have access to an eye dropper, go for it, but if you have straws around that will work too --just insert one end of the straw in the liquid and hold your finger over the opening on the opposite end of the straw, creating a temporary vacuum that will allow you to carry the liquid to the egg. Then lift your finger off the straw to drop the liquid inside the egg through the top hole (this is very scientific). Put your fingers over both egg holes and shake away! Let the excess liquid fall out as it dries. As long as the shell is dry from the start, it will absorb plenty.
Cliff Notes Recap:
Insert watered down Mod Podge in the egg by any means necessary, shake it around, then let it fall out and dry. Whoop, there it is.
Treat your eggs nice and they will last you, well, a long time. Long enough to survive a thrashing from Lola, anyhow.
Never tried blowing hollow eggs before? Here is a great video.
Never worked with Mod Podge before? Let Amy break it down for you. This is good stuff!