Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vintage Style Diorama Easter Eggs - Project

I couldn't hold back any longer.  I was itching so badly to do some Easter crafting.  I spent a good chunk of yesterday and today working on these diorama Easter eggs. The day is slipping away from me and I have to put this post together as quickly as possible!

I purchased these paper diorama eggs at the thrift for 25 cents each.

I painted the eggs on both the outside and the inside with three different colors, first white, then a light yellow, then a warm white.
I created a color swatch to test the paint colors I wanted to use for the exteriors.  I mixed them with whites for lighter pastels.

I applied a strip of glass glitter and mica to see how the colors would show up if I was going to apply them to the outsides.
 
Painted up the eggs with 3 coats of paint (using a hair dryer to accelerate the drying time) and decided to glitter the insides with clear glass glitter.


Painted the inside with Elmer's glue and a paint brush, poured glittered inside, rolled it around and dumped it onto a folded piece of paper so I could return the excess back to the container.


Great!


I tested putting rick rack on the rim but decided against it.  I went with mica instead.  Painted Elmer's glue on the rim and pressed it into a pile of mica on a folded piece of paper.

Perfect!

Now it was time to fill them.  I found some vintage Easter picks and picked up some chenille chicks over the past few weeks. I decided to use them for four of the eggs that I will give to my friend who loves vintage.


I ended up cutting the picks apart so that I could arrange parts into the eggs and onto the tops.  I glittered the little plastic eggs from the picks with vintage glitter and tore apart a bottle brush tree to use as grass.

I will start working on ones for myself another day. It won't be such a mad rush now that I prepared the eggs and only have to decorate the insides.  Hope this inspires someone to give it a try!

14 comments:

  1. Hi Evie! Your eggs are adorable! You did such a great job, and they really look like something that is all vintage. Don't you just love using up your vintage finds and making little holiday things with them? Fun fun!
    Erica :)

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    1. Thanks Erica! Yes, it is fun getting to use those finds in crafting. I have a hard time finding them though, kind of exhausting. I feel a little apprehensive when the time comes to commit them to use!
      Evie

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  2. Oh these are so adorable!! They all look so cute and you did such a great job!! So fun hanging in your tree!! :) xo Holly

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    1. Thanks Holly! My friend really likes them--I happy!
      Evie

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  3. The turned out absolutely wonderful. What a lovely find to get them at such a good price. Thank you for the tutorial. They will be so lovely on an Easter tree. I hope to get my Easter vintage out soon.

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    1. Thanks Kim. You know, I didn't buy all the eggs they had. I think I left about five. I went back yesterday and there were a dozen there! I picked them up. Better to have too many than not enough! I can make more as gifts later as I find more vintage crafting goodies!

      Evie

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  4. These have to be the cutest Easter decorations ever! They turned out great! Those little chicks seem like they are looking at us quizzically-adorable :)

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    1. Thanks Maureen! Those chicks are so fun--the wire runs the length of the body so they can be repositioned! What a difference a little bending can do!
      Evie

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  5. Now, do you spose I could be so lucky and find diorama eggs at my thrift!??! Mica around the edges, goodies inside= adorable!

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    1. Yeah Tammy, I feel like I totally lucked out on finding those eggs. I never go to the craft store (well, it's a rare occasion) maybe they have them there?
      Evie

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  6. They came out so cute and look like they could be vintage. Great job!

    xo Danielle

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I REALLY did want the eggs to look vintage--I'm glad I succeeded! :0)
      Evie

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