An egg~cellent project to celebrate Easter and welcome the spring season!
Once you try this how-to your creative possibilities are endless with how you choose to decorate your own version of this egg diorama.
3-D Paint: pink, gold and white
Mini flower cutter
Wax yellow twine
3 1/4" Paper mache egg
Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4 in thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Condition the Magenta Pearl clay and run it through the #2 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Then drape it over the back your egg and smooth out any air bubbles. Slice the excess clay off but leave enough to fold over the edge of your egg. Don’t worry if your Magenta and Ballerina clay don’t match up because we will be framing in the window with another piece of magenta clay later.
Take your wooden knob (we picked one up that had a flat bottom and indent on the other side so the egg can sit in it) and add some Bake & Bond in the center then add some scrap clay on top. This is so your egg will bond better then placed on top. Roll out a small snake to wrap around the top of the wooden knob and blend it into the magenta egg.
To make the grass use Bright Green Pearl clay. Cut three sides of your rectangle shape with your slicer and one side with your rigid slice to represent the top of grass. Slice out blades of grass. Use Gold clay to make the mini eggs. Use a little Bake & Bond to attached your pieces to the inside of the egg.