Saturday, March 19, 2016

Gold Foil Easter Eggs

Over the last couple of years I have collected a few Easter bunnies that 
look like foil-wrapped chocolate.

They remind me of childhood Easter presents that included some chocolate 
and a bright pink skipping rope.

I found my Easter bunnies at Home Sense (I believe the American equivalent is Marshalls).

To create a pretty display this Easter, I thought it would be fun to make some faux foil-wrapped chocolate eggs to sit in a dish or basket alongside my rabbits.

If you ever wanted to try your hand at gold leafing, this is an easy project with 
which you can gain some experience.

To make these Easter Eggs you need:

• Plastic Eggs (I used an egg decorating kit that I bought at Walmart).

• A paint brush to apply the base coat paint, adhesive and sealer.

• A gold leaf kit (I found my kit at Michaels. You could also buy gold leafing materials separately if you prefer).

• A soft, wide brush to use to smooth the gold leaf.

Step 1: Apply a base coat of paint to your plastic egg. The purpose of the base coat is to fill an tiny gaps in the finished gold leaf. In the kit I purchased, this base coat was a burgundy color, but you could use any color you wish to have peak through the gold.

(Tip: I found it easiest to paint one half length of an egg at a time, let it dry, and then do the other half. Paper towel was a good, non-slip surface to work on).

Step 2: Apply the adhesive with a paint brush. Again, I did a half length of each egg at one time just to make things easier.

Step 3: Let the adhesive dry and become tacky. This glue will catch the thin gold leaf and attach it to the egg.

Step 4: Detach a sheet of gold leaf and the wax paper backing. Smooth the gold leaf over the surface of the egg with your fingers or a wide, soft brush.

Small pieces may break off as you do your smoothing. I used these smaller pieces to fill in any gaps in the gold leaf.

Step 5: Now all you have to do is apply a sealer coat to protect the gold leaf and your done!

Have fun decorating for Easter!