April 4, 2015
Every year around Easter, I’m always updating my decor and trying to find new ways to decorate with Eggs–an Easter staple. This year, my sister-in-law and I decided to use her kitchen space to create something different. She raises chickens and we always have an abundance of farm fresh eggs lying around, which I love because of their perfectly pastel green and tan colors. However this year, instead of dying, staining, speckling, or painting them, we drained the eggs (and saved them for a yummy scramble!) and then created permanent, reusable ones by filling the shells with a quick drying cement. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but they were a surprisingly fast project, it wasn’t expensive, and they turned out SO cute! Their natural gray color matches all my decor, and even my toddler thinks their fun! The bonus is that I’m not afraid if he wants to “play” with the decor on our table as it would be almost impossible to break THESE eggs. 😉
Photography and DIY by Shannon Von Eschen
1lb box of Rockite Expansion Cement (makes approx 6-8 eggs depending on their size)
Plastic Spoons or Wooden Sticks to use as mixers
6-8 drained Eggs
Craft knife/Razor blade
Egg crate or Egg holder
STEP ONE. Drain all your eggs by poking a small hole into the top of the egg. Peel away a small opening (almost the size of a dime), to make it easier to pour the cement into. (We recommend you save the yolks and egg whites in the fridge so you can make a breakfast quiche or scramble the next morning. )
STEP TWO. Prop up your eggs inside an egg crate (or use the same fancy one we did!) with the openings facing up.
STEP THREE. Pour approximately 1/4 cup (enough for 1 egg) of the Rockite Cement into your plastic container and add 1 Tbs of water. Begin mixing your cement, adding 1 Tbs of water at a time until you achieve a honey-like consistency. (I believe it only took 2 Tbs of water total for this 1/4 cup).
STEP FOUR. Within ten minutes of mixing the cement, pour the mixture very slowly, into the openings of your eggs. Stop one or two drops before the top, or a 1/2″ below the top, to create a flat bottom so your eggs can stand up if you wish. Set outside, or in a well ventilated area, for 1 hour to dry.
STEP FIVE. After 1 hour, use your crafting knife (or razor blade) to carefully peel off the shells. This might take some time and patience, though peeling them under running water helps.
STEP SIX. Once the eggs are dry from the extra water, display them in bowls, on your table, or in an egg holder. You did it!