monstera eggs

Remember when I made marbled eggs last year? And galaxy eggs the year before that? Well I have something new for Easter 2017! What else am I obsessed with other than marble? Monsteras! I haven’t had time to blog, but I missed it so much so I wanted to do something really easy and fast, but cute nonetheless. I was inspired by fresh cut monstera leaves I found at the Met Market. Monsteras aren’t an Easter icon, but these are just colorful and festive. Here’s how to make your own!

MATERIALS

Eggs
Food coloring
Monstera cutouts
Mod podge
Foam brush or paintbrush
Measuring cups
Large bowls/jars
Water
Vinegar

 

Step 1: Hard Boil your eggs for 10-12 minutes. If you’d like to preserve your eggs you can hollow them -  you can find the instructions here. Once they’re boiled, cool the eggs in cold water for another 10 minutes.

Step 2: Take your jar or bowl and fill it with enough water and vinegar (1 teaspoon of vinegar for every 2 cups of water) to submerge 1-2 eggs. Once you’ve measured your water and vinegar, add in the food coloring. To get the pink color that you see in the pictures, I put in 15 drops of red.

Step 3: When submerging your eggs into the water, use a measuring cup to slowly lay your eggs down to the bottom. Leave the eggs in for at least 7 minutes for a nice neon pink color. When it’s time to take out the eggs use the measuring cup again to keep your fingers from touching the egg, which can rub off the color. Allow the eggs to dry standing by placing it back in the egg carton, this will keep the dye from rubbing off on other surfaces. Allow to dry for 5-10 minutes. I suggest only dying 1-2 eggs at a time, unless you have enough room in your container so that the don’t touch. Make sure there is enough space between the eggs, or they will not dye properly and you’ll end up with unevenly dyed eggs.

Step 4: As your eggs are drying, start to cut out your little monstera leaves or any other design you want on your eggs. To save you some time I attached the printout that I used. I took a picture of an actual monstera leaf and edited it. Print out the sheet and cut them out.  The amount of leaves you use is dependent on the size of your eggs.  I used large sized eggs, and used about 4 leaves per egg.

Step 5: Now to decorate the eggs! In a small bowl squeeze out a generous amount of mod podge. With your brush put a layer of mod podge on an area of the egg a little bit bigger than the cut out. Then place the cutout on the egg, pressing it down making sure it’s sticking onto the egg. Add another layer of mod podge over the cutout to seal it. Go over the cut out several times to make it’s flat and free of air bubbles. Allow the egg to dry for at least 5 minutes before adding more leaves. Also, be sure to keep the wet area facing up so it doesn’t stick to anything else.

Step 7: Once dry repeat until you’re satisfied on how your eggs look. As for a finishing touches, you could cover the whole egg in mod podge to give it a glossy look!