Vintage Egg Ornament Tutorial

Finished egg My grandmother's originals from a long time ago. Finished egg

I finally did this. I had a few people ask for a tute, it just took me a while to get to. The ones I made for this are spring time egg ornaments,but you can make these for any holiday! I have made Christmas ones and now these.. I have a ton pictures of all of mine and some Christmas ones that my grandmother made towards the end of this tutorial.

What you need:
-Real eggs
-Tacky Glue
-Moss, fake snow, gravel, etc.
-Acrylic Paint
-Manicure scissors (one lady I spoke to said she used dental instruments instead to cut with)
-Paint Brush
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
-Mod Podge
-Bead caps
-Fishing wire, ribbon, or thread
-Small pieces of Styrofoam
-Embellishment for inside decorating and edging

1. Cut hole in egg (I used a sharp knife), dump out the insides, and make yourself an omelet
Part of the process... Part of the process
2. Rinse the egg out with water and let it dry
3. Paint the outside and let it dry (I found that it makes the egg cut without much cracking this way)
Part of the process...
Part of the process...
4. Using the manicure scissors, cut the hole as large as you want it
5. Paint the inside of egg and let it dry (I did blue like my grandma, but you could use a layer of white if you like).
6. Repaint the outside with another layer and touch up the newly cut hole.
7. Once dry, add a layer of Mod Podge to the inside of the egg
8. Using a paint brush, cover the outside of the egg with glue and roll that part in glitter. Let dry.
Part of the process... Part of the process...
9. Add thread to bead cap (see picture). This will become how it hangs. Using the hot glue gun, glue the bead cap onto the top of the egg.
Part of the process...
Part of the process...
10. Complete the inside. Take small pieces of Styrofoam and glue to bottom of inside egg. This will help to create a flat surface to glue things on. It might take some trial and error to cut the piece to fit each egg since they are different. Once that is in, use tacky glue to glue on moss. After it dries for a bit, glue on miniatures with glue gun.

11. Glue ribbon, etc. around the outside edge of the opening. I suggest hot glue gun.

Finished egg Finished egg

Handle them with care. I recommend storing them in the egg cartons.

My grandmother's originals from a long time ago.
My grandmother’s
My grandmother's originals from a long time ago. My grandmother's originals from a long time ago.
My grandmother's originals from a long time ago. My grandmother's originals from a long time ago.
My grandmother's originals from a long time ago. My grandmother's originals from a long time ago.
My grandmother's originals from a long time ago. My grandmother's originals from a long time ago.

My Other Ones
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  1. says

    Wow! We had a neighbor who had made similar ornaments for our family over (45 years ago). I always loved them and won’t go into their demise… Thanks for this post! It will be on my “favorites”! Found you via Craftstylish.

  2. says

    I saw this through craftstyle. I must say that these are such beautiful works of art! I’ve always wondered how to go about making these and am so glad you made a tutorial WITH pictures :)

  3. says

    Little late to comment, but, yeah, wow, these are enormously dazzling bits of retro fantastic. I can’t imagine the patient handling required, but I’m glad you’ve persevered and taken the additional time for a tutorial. I definitely want to glitter something now. Preferably a hollow egg ornament. Thank you for the creative inspiration!

  4. says

    I’ve just spent the last couple of hours looking through your tutorials… absolutely fantastic stuff, you are a very talented lady (and pretty to boot!!) will definately be trying some of your tutorials in the very near future!

  5. Anonymous says

    You have beautiful ornaments! I remember my Best Friends Christmas Tree had egg ornaments with a photo of family members inserted into the egg touching the inside of the egg all around, rather than put over the surface of the egg. It was set in maybe 1/4 “. I can’t figure out how to do that. Any ideas? I really liked the shadow box effect it had.


  6. says

    Hmmmm….. I guess if you cut it in an oval shape and glued it in the center of the egg it might work? Maybe try using a little bit of hot glue on the photo top and bottom, just a little, to hold it in place??

  7. says

    I went searching for a tutorial because I want to make some of these similar to what I had from my grandmother. 50 years later, and I only have 1 left on my tree. Thanks for sharing, this is perfect.

  8. says

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I have added a link to your tutorial to a recent post I made on by vintage kids book blog about diorama eggs. Thank you for sharing these instructions (I can’t wait to try making some of these eggs) and Happy Easter:)

  9. says

    LOVE THEM! My dad and my grandma made these as a kid- but when i was younger (i mean, really young=]) and i broke them. Toats making them for him for xmas!

    • says

      The ones in my grandmothers eggs were from when she made them a long time ago, so you could see if you could find vintage mini figurines on Etsy or Ebay. I run across things like them occasionally at flea markets and thrift stores as well. But, I do think there might be new versions out. A good place to look is also in the doll house making section at craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore. I hope you are able to find what you want :)

    • says

      Ladies, this is a very old art, and there really is much more to it, if you want them to last. There are (Egg Guilds) all over the world that teach new “Eggers”(this is what we are called)
      How to do all the different things that can be done, and quite a few suppliers online. Google Egg Artistry, just look at the images first. I promise it will blow you away. There really are other thing that need to be done to the eggs, they need to be disinfected and the inside membrane needs to be removed, this membrane will over time dry out and start to lift and peel, so anything you have put over it will do the same. Also you will want to reconsider eating the egg that you remove, if any shell pieces fell into it you can get sick. and the egg dust (if you use a dermal or dentist drill) can damage your lungs. Egg Artistry is a wonderful but very expensive hobby, and in many cases a lifestyle. Read up on it, very interesting and you will be surprised. Good Luck

  10. Marsha Armond says

    I was surprised to see your pin. My mom and I have been making these for over 50 yrs.
    They are my favorite craft to make Thanks.

    • Jessica says

      I used things that my mom had kept, so you could always look up “tiny vintage animals” on Etsy. Also, I think if you look at the dollhouse areas at craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby you can find miniature things to fit inside the egss.

  11. Neli says

    Where did you find what to put inside the eggs? I have been searching for months for small figureines. And I’m having no luck.

    • Jessica says

      Well, my mom had some from when she crafted back in the day that I used and then I cut some things out from magazines. I would suggest looking in the areas of craft stores that have fairy garden or doll house items. They usually have some cute really small objects that would work. Also check out local thrift stores and vintage shops and maybe you might find some of the older mini objects.

  12. says

    Hello! I have a weird question. I’ve recently started blowing out my ducks’ eggs in hopes of learning to make ornaments, and I’m having a really hard time finding bead caps that are small and flat enough. Is there any chance you could tell me what you used?

    • Jessica says

      Hi :) Well, I made these so long ago I have no idea lol But I had found them at Micheals I believe. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. I hope you are able to find what you are looking for.


  1. […] This was an invaluable source of information as I planned for and started this project. I opted to use manicure scissors instead of my Dremel tool since the tool was new to me and I thought I would have more success with the scissors. I broke a LOT of eggs (and I did paint before cutting the hole to size) but I mostly broke the jumbo sized eggs. The large eggs did not crack as bad. […]

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