In one of my late-night Pinterest binges recently, I saw the the cutest little “cactus pots” made from hard boiled eggs. To be fair, I have to give credit to the original site they came from, called Quartz and Leisure. She has a beautiful site, check it out!
But I loved these so much, I wanted them to be on my table all spring long! Sooooooooo I decided to make them more permanent, by using Paper Mache eggs instead, and painting them. So I ordered a set of paper mache eggs:
And then I headed over to Dollar Tree and was able to get:
Tissue Paper (I chose dark and light pink, but it’s your choice!)
You also need:
Craft Paint, whatever colors you want (You can get these at any craft store)
A fine-point black Sharpie
Hot glue gun
Paint brushes or foam brushes
It took a few coats, so once each coat dried I turned the egg, painted, then let dry again. Next came drawing the little needles on. I did a combo of x’s turned two different ways, some check marks, and also some z’s in lines going down each egg….
Next, I cut pieces of floral foam to fit in each pot, so that the top of the foam was slightly below the lip. I also trimmed the foam at the top so the top was narrower, making almost a pedestal for the egg. I wanted as little foam as possible to show after I added the rocks….
Then I put a glob of hot glue on the top of each foam piece and placed my egg on. Make sure you look from a few different angles to make sure the egg is straight from all sides. You’ll have a few seconds to adjust it before it dries. Also, in some of my pots, the foam wasn’t as tight as I liked so I dropped a little hot glue between the foam and the clay to secure it.
After all my eggs were secured, I began making my flowers. I folded a piece of light and dark pieces of tissue many times so I could cut a lot of circles at once. You can fold it into whatever shape you want, but I folded them into small rectangles about 2 inches long by 1-inch wide and then taped the edge so it would stay folded. Then I traced a dime onto the paper two times, and then cut around the trace lines. Once I had lots of circles, I began to glue. Definitely trial and error here, as it is easy to put too much glue on the circles. The ideal way was to squeeze a little glue on some newspaper and then just touch the tip of the gun in the center of the tissue circle so there was just a trace of glue left. Then I’d quickly layer another piece directly on top, and repeat until I had 8-10 pieces glued together. Once the glue dried, I crunched the edges together, trying to separate some layers too, making it look more like a flower. Once I got them to look how I wanted, I hot glued one to the top of each egg.
Well, what do you think?
They were a little labor intensive, but I think totally worth it! I am so glad I can keep them forever!