I had so much fun creating this idea. My goal was to create a unique take on dyeing Easter eggs. Searching “Easter egg dyeing” on Pinterest is amazing, and a little overwhelming, seeing just how much people are doing with Easter eggs. After some serious brain storming, I hatched (oh no I’m turning into my pun-loving husband) this idea. These Constellation Eggs feels so whimsical and grown up all at the same time. My absolute favorite part about this project is that it will make an awesome collection. These eggs will last a long time because you blow them out. I am going to make a few each year and add to the collection. Have fun with this one, guys. Be creative and make it your own and feel free to send me pictures of your work. I’d love to see them!
Blue gel food coloring
Gold leaf paint and thin paintbrush or an ultra fine gold leafing pen
A lot of trial and error went into creating these eggs but I couldn’t be happier with the final product. You want to start with dyeing the eggs. I “blew out” the eggs before I dyed them. You can probably guess why that’s a bad idea. They floated in the dye. It turned out ok; I filled them with water so they would sink which worked fine, but definitely dye them first. I wanted to try natural dye so I took some advice from this blog post . I used 1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and crushed, vinegar and 1 cup cranberry juice. I left them in the mixture overnight; however, when I checked on them 10 hours later, they were more of a periwinkle than a sapphire which isn’t what I was going for. This could be a mistake on my end so I wanted to still put this dyeing method as an option because theirs turned out so nice. I added about 3/4 teaspoon dark blue gel food coloring to one cup cranberry juice and gave them four more hours. This was perfect. So all that to say, when I do this again, I will add the blue food coloring from the start to the blueberry & cranberry mixture. If you don’t blow out the eggs first, you will want to let them sit in the refrigerator so they don’t spoil.
Once they are ready, give them some time on a cooling rack so they get good and dry. While they are drying, look through the constellations and pick out a few you like. Start with something simple, and then get more advanced if you feel like you’ve gotten the hang of it.
Here are some instructions for those of you who don’t know how to blow out an egg. I used a sewing needle and the handle of a wooden spoon. I placed the sharp end of the needle on the top of the egg, and very gently tapped on it with the spoon handle (kind of like a chisel). Do this on both ends. The holes should be a little bit larger than the needle. Using the needle, poke inside of the egg and break up the yolk. While over a sink, blow on the end of the egg and the inside will slowly come out. It may take some time to get used to, but you’ll get the hang of it. Once the egg is empty, run water over the hole. Shake the water around the egg and blow it out.
I drew the constellation on with a pencil first. Unless you’re the world’s greatest freehander (and you might be!), I would definitely go that route. Draw lightly so the lines don’t show in the end. I drew the dots (aka the stars) first, being mindful of the larger and smaller sizes. Then I used a straight edge that could bend, a piece of thin cardboard, to be more specific the packaging the gold leaf paint came in, to connect the lines. I wanted dotted lines but you can do solid if you like.
You may choose to write out the whole name of the constellation which is great, especially if you have unique handwriting. I decided to abbreviate. For instance, Ursa Minor is abbreviated with UMi. Make sure to take note of the upper and lower case letters in the abbreviations. I can only assume they are important. Here is a great link to the constellation abbreviations. Have fun, and feel free to contact me with questions!