How to Make Your Favorite TV and Movie Characters Into Eggs ... With This Unexpected Art Supply!
Follow these tips to make fun and fabulous pop culture eggs without making a huge mess!
Sarah Burns · 4 months ago
Even if you don’t think you have an artistic bone in your body, decorating eggs is a fantastic way to break outta your shell. I’ve always loved decorating eggs, but in more recent years, I’ve combined the artform with my love of pop culture to create some of my favorite characters — and you can too! Here’s how.
1. Pick your character/s.
Ones with role-defining characteristics will be the most easy to recognize. For this example, I went with an homage to WandaVision — Wanda and Vision.
2. Choose three physical traits that are unique to this character.
Wanda’s three were her super sweet headpiece, classic red color, and red hair. For Vision, I focused on his red skin tone, the front of his suit, and his forehead-point headpiece.
3. Gather some unconventional materials.
This could include bits of yarn, fabrics, tape, glue, alcohol-based markers like Sharpies, or my personal favorite, Ooly Chunkies Paint Stix!
Here are a few reasons why Ooly Chunkie Paint Stix are ideal for this:
Mess free: they dry in about 30-60 seconds, and even when wet (they’ll feel a little sticky), they leave the tiniest trace of color that wipes right off with a damp cloth.
Rich colors: I only had brown eggs and was worried the color wouldn’t show, but the soft wax glides right over the surface. It’s super satisfying, almost like coloring with a tube of lipstick. Let each layer of color dry completely, and add more layers to build up color intensity.
Mistakes can be fixed: Wait for the mistake to dry completely, and gently scrape it away.
Super easy: waaay easier than traditional dyeing methods — no water, no vinegar, no additional anything needed, with almost no dry time required.
Quick: The wide tip makes quick work of laying down layers of color.
You’re also going to need alcohol-based markers, glue, tape, fabric, yarn, and maybe even a little air drying clay, for details like Finn’s ears in the below image:
Finally, you’ll need card stock for a sturdy base, and to make any key accessories for your character, like the 11th Doctor’s tasseled fez:
4. It’s all about the base.
I recommend making a base so your egg-person can stand upright, but also to prevent any rolled-off-the-table tragedies. Cut about a half-inch-wide strip from card stock, and size it around the base of your egg, cutting off the excess. Think about what color the lower half of your character is, especially if it contains one of the three physical traits you picked out from Step 2. When you’ve added your color and details to the base, tape the ends of your strip together, and place your egg in the center. You might need to tape and retape a few times to find the sturdiest fit.
I knew I wanted to make a cool suit for Vision, but I also didn’t think I could draw all that on an egg, so I added the little details to the base.
The base for this Weeping Angel served three purposes: It helped keep the Angel standing upright, it made it easy to create their recognizable wings, and it kept the back of the egg hidden until turned to reveal .....
... this terrifying Angel, lying in wait for you to blink!
A base doesn’t have to be that detailed though — for Grogu I simply colored his base a similar color as his robes:
If you’re not about the base, or maybe you’re looking for a floating look, you can achieve the same results with clear plastic, or if you’ve got an AeroGarden, the tops of the pods work really well as a clear holder. Just look how happy the engineering team of the Star Trek Enterprise are on their clear plastic bases:
5. About face!
This will help you orient all the other details. Pick which side the face will be, and lightly pencil it in, remembering that the bottom part of the egg will be sitting in the base, and that the top third of the egg is typically hair.
6. Think big, then small.
Start penciling out the larger areas you plan to fill with color and color those in. Make sure your base layers are totally dry before penciling in the finer details or you’ll smear off your hard work!
7. Focus on those three traits from step 2.
It can be super easy to fall into the trap of wanting to try and work in every tiny detail — and if that’s your thing, cool, go for it! But if you’re just hoping someone will know who you made, focus on your three traits and make them as strong as you can!
8. Fill in the details.
My favorite tool for this is a black Sharpie, and I only recommend alcohol inks for any kind of line work, because the water-based ones will smear away all your hard work. I used a combo of fine- and chisel-tip markers to detail the Belcher kids.
9. Have fun!
I promise you, there’s no wrong way to do this. The egg police will not come for you because you didn’t use dye or failed to include every little detail on the surface of your egg.
Because of the inedible nature of the materials, these eggs are for decoration only, not eating. To avoid food waste, I recommend blowing out the eggs first.
Cartoon characters tend to be easiest, because they’re made to have big identifiable traits, but stick to your three traits, and you can make anything happen!
Really think outside the box when you gather your materials. My basic egg decorating kit includes: Ooly Chunkies Paint Stix, yarn, alcohol-based markers, rubbing alcohol and q-tips (for erasing permanent marker lines), air dry clay, fabric glue, cardstock, scissors, acrylic paint, fine paintbrushes, tape, and baby wipes for quick cleanup.
Go easy on the glue. For most glues, a dab'll do, but if you’re using yarn, fabrics or gems, a glue gun is probably your best bet. If you’re making several characters at once, it’s a lot easier to finish them all except for the hot glued elements, and save all the hot glueing for last.
I confess, I’m a confetti maker: Sometimes I just keep cutting paper until the only thing I’ve managed to cut out at all is a bunch of confetti all over the floor. To keep scraps in check, I do all my cutting over a medium or large mixing bowl. This saves a lot of paper too. It doesn’t take much paper to decorate an egg, and scrap pieces are usually more than enough.
If hair is a physical trait you want to highlight, might I suggest an egg-wig? Cut 4-5 strands of yarn, and knot them in the center with another strand. Use a glue gun to stick it in place, and give your egg person a little trim.
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