Introduction: Bonbonniere Egg

Picture of Bonbonniere Egg

Supplies Needed:
Rhea egg
gold cording or trim
sawtooth braid
#5s rhinestones (100)
8 decals
metallic string or thread
materials for choice of toppers
lining material
spray paint
acrylic paint (for band)

Marking Egg:
Mark egg into fourths and mark the center girth line.
Measure above and below the girth line 1 1/8 inch
Mark egg with scallops
Mark latticework and measure 3/8 inch band above and below scallops
Mark place for hinge
Mark all of the lines with an indelible pen, except those for the latticework

Cutting the egg:
Cut hinge slot
The latticework is then cut out and egg cleaned
Spray paint egg applying light coats
Epoxy hinge in place
Cut the egg open
Paint the top and bottom bands (I decided on rose)

Decorating the egg:
Glue gold cording at opening and around scalloped sections
Glue sawtooth braid to scallps
Place decals of choice on scallops
Glue metallic string on the bands around the egg
Iron wonder under or fusible web to the back side of material of choice and cut the material into squares large enough to cover the inside of the latticework
Glue the four squares in place
Glue rhinestones to latticework
Glue small flower filigrees to the top and bottom of latticework triangles
Line the inside of the egg top and bottom
Put egg on stand
Put your choice of toppers on the egg.


Ruby74 (author)2016-08-22

Hello :)
I know this post is old but I have just come across it. WOW, wow WOW is all I can say ! So beautiful !! :D Im trying my own, I cant fathom how you cut the egg without it breaking ? Do you coat it with something first to toughen up the shell. ?

Helen :)

harizard (author)Ruby742016-08-24

Thank you so much for the kind words. I do not use a harder on the eggs but cut the eggs with a high speed drill.

harizard (author)2013-10-04

Thank you

wilferlalji (author)2013-10-03


StumpChunkman (author)2008-09-22

This is a beautiful. I was wondering though, how did you cut the egg and apply the hinges?

harizard (author)StumpChunkman2008-09-22

I use a high speed air tool(similar to a dentist drill) to cut the design. To apply a hinge you cut a slot that the hinge can go in to then put petroleum jelly on the center so the glue doesn't lock up the hinge. Then put E-6000 on the flat part of the hinge and let stand for 24 hours. Cut egg and you have a working hinge. If you need more information, or if these instructions are clear as mud please let me know.

harizard (author)kalorddelta2009-10-23

Yes, you can, it is a jewelry box.  Just remember it is a real egg and shouldn't be abused.   Thank you for your interest.

Very Keri (author)harizard2008-09-22

It would be wonderful if you could make an Instructable for this.

Kateri36 (author)2008-10-16

Your egg art is so beautiful, so nice that you get to do something you enjoy. :o)

harizard (author)Kateri362008-10-16

Hello Kateri36, Thank you so much for your kind words, yes, it is nice to enjoy your work. I am so happy you put your photo on your profile. When I saw the name I thought about you. Haven't seen or heard from you in years....Thank you so much!

robots199 (author)2008-10-11

Just Si,mply Beutiful, 5/5 rating how do you construct something like this?

harizard (author)robots1992008-10-11

Thank you, It does take a little practice, patience, and time, but I believe anyone can do it.

ReallyRedbeard (author)2008-10-02

Like OMG i totally cant understand how you can do so much with a egg...this is the bestest thing on the world

harizard (author)ReallyRedbeard2008-10-02

Thank you so much Redbeard for your warm comments.

geneva laine (author)2008-09-24

wow... once again you amaze me with your talent... i can't decide which one of your eggs I think best.... this EGGstra amazing, EGGstrangant, and unEGGspecting that someone can create something so beautiful.... I know those are really bad.... but i had to show my roommate these eggs and they came up with the bad puns....

harizard (author)geneva laine2008-09-25

Thank you so much, I personally enjoy the puns...Thank you

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-09-22

Winner! I'm not even going to finish my egg now

stinkymum (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-09-23

Don't be silly! Winning isn't everything - it's the participation that counts. I want to see your entry - please!

LinuxH4x0r (author)stinkymum2008-09-23

actually the technique I used was failing..... So its not all about winning (besides its more of a time issue)

harizard (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-09-22

My heart just fell! I spend most of my time trying to promote egg art, and encourage artists to spread their wings and fly. I would rather pull my eggs out of a contest (I've done it before) than to see someone else quit trying! Besides that you never know what the judges are really looking for!

LinuxH4x0r (author)harizard2008-09-22

Well, maybe I'll finish it (I didn't think it would work even before I saw this). Don't pull yours out! I really like what you did with this. I hope you win, this deserves it

rookie1 (author)2008-09-22

Good job. I'm an egger from way back and I know good work when I see it. Really good job. Could you write up more info, I know what you're doing, but not everyone does. I like to use clear nail polish to give it a really nice finish. I also use colored polish to get an enameled look, but it is very slow as it has to dry between coats or it will glup up.( No I didn't make up that word, I just don't remember where I heard it)Keep up the good work. Really good.

harizard (author)rookie12008-09-22

Thank you, as an egger you know the instructions on this egg design is very lengthy and also need a graphic diagram for clear understanding. I would be more than happy to provide it to anyone who requests. I do not have photos of the step by step process creating this design.

stinkymum (author)2008-09-22

There is only one word for this egg - "Winner"

Cryptonat (author)2008-09-22

My jaw just dropped. Absolutely beautiful.

harizard (author)Cryptonat2008-09-22

Thank you so much.

RadBear (author)2008-09-22

HOLY SH!T!!! I think my egg just got crushed. :)

harizard (author)RadBear2008-09-22

No it's not crushed, you have a very creative egg.

canida (author)2008-09-22

This is gorgeous! What type of glue do you use for these materials?

harizard (author)canida2008-09-22

Thank you so much, I used Aleene's Tacky Glue, you can purchase the glue at any Wal-Mart.

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