Learn the age old technique of egg blowing and then instead of just painting the blown egg, make it in to a fantastic looking dragon's egg in a few minutes with a bit of hot melt glue gun glue and some paint.

That's it, it couldn't really be simpler than that!

What you'll need:

  • One hen's egg (free range) (or larger egg if you have it, duck, goose or even ostrich)
  • Glue gun and a small amount of hot melt glue
  • Spray paint, any colour will do, but black, red, green, gold or silver are the best
  • a little bit of acrylic paint, for the distressing (black or dark brown)

When you've done, why not have a look at dadcando, where you'll find free downloadable printables for an Egg Stand and Antique Egg Mailing box.

It's a great project for Easter, or any other time of year when Dragon Eggs are in season.

Step 1: Make a Hole in Either End of the Egg

First of course you have to buy your egg (or raid the fridge). I used large hen's eggs for this project (keeping it easy), but you could use duck, goose or even ostrich if you are feeling really adventurous. The beauty of the hen's egg is that the glue gun hotmelt really works at this scale. If you go up in size, then you have to be prepared to do a lot more work to get the egg to look right.

Please use free range if you can... help chickens have a better life. Don't worry about the waste, There doesn't have to be any. Once you have blown the eggs, you can always make scramble or an omelet from the contents of the egg.

So, first off, wash the egg quickly in cold, slightly soapy water. In a minute you are going to be putting your lips to that egg surface and you know the last place that egg was !!

Now, to making the hole; strangely, this is not as easy as it sounds. For those of you with Dremmels, or miniature drills, (or dentists even) then this should present no problem, but for mere mortals, the egg is surprisingly hard, and being... well, an egg shell, is also quite brittle.

To make the hole you get a very sharp craft knife. Put the point of the tip of the blade against the tip of the egg at one end and turn back and forth about 180 degrees each turn. You'll find it seems to take ages to get started. Don't be tempted to push to hard or you will break the egg. If you feel that you are not getting started, then carefully scratch a cross at the end and put the tip of the blade at the centre of the cross and go back to turning it back and forth.

Once you break through the going gets easier, but you still have to take care as the blade can bite in and chip or crack the egg. If you are patient (only 5 minutes or so of turning) then within a few minutes you will have a hole about the size of a drinking straw. In fact you are aiming for a hole, the diameter of anything between a cocktail stick and drinking straw. Don't worry if you do chip a little bit away, you will be covering that up with hotmelt in due course.

Make a hole like this IN BOTH ENDS.
this was my first one does any one have any tips to make a better egg I only used one color but I'm planing on making more can some one send me one of there's so I can kinda copy
This looks great. I would suggest that washing it over in a darker colour and then wiping it off so that the darker colour stays in the corners would make it look much better and then rubbing a bit of gold pant or any contrasting colour onto the high spots of the glue gun lines would improve it further. Other than that... great job!
<p>thanks have any tips for the stand of mine I used hot glue to see how that turned out</p>
<p>I tried for the first time, didn't think it came out too bad. next one will be cracked with a baby dragon next to it.</p>
what l did you use for the base
A metal tapping screw works fine to drill holes in eggs.
So much fun!!! We used the craft eggs Walmart sells for like 1.98 for a dozen and then the large eggs were also from Walmart for .98 each. Best Easter Eggs ever
I made these as prizes for a charity game/fundraiser. everyone loved them.
they look absolutely great, nice job.
Just wondering if this can be done with plastic easter eggs instead of real ones. Seems they would last longer.
I imagine you would have a much more narrow selection of paints that would adhere well to such a glossy plastic, most would peel off. In this respect a real egg would last longer
<p>I see that the article is addressed to US and UK readers and I do not have the UK equivalent, but in the US there is a product called &quot;BIN Primer&quot; by Zinnser that will adhere to anything, even glass. If you primed the plastic egg with multiple light coats of spray BIN Primer, you could follow with any color, any type paint and be confident that the paint and the primer will stay where they belong, on the egg. Added bonus, it would be far less expensive to buy oversized plastic eggs than prepared duck, goose or ostrich eggs.</p>
<p>Wow...it has been so many years since I made that comment...I absolutely should have thought of primer.</p>
prepared like this and looked after properly, a dragon's egg would last long enough to qualify as an heirloom.
Wonderful project. My kids and I had a ball making these, and they are very proud of their results. Exotic egg holders will be a later project. ;-)<br>
<p>haha your kids did a wonderful job they look nice</p>
<p>hay i like the holders </p>
Fantastic, glad you enjoyed the project and the eggs look great
Here's kind of a different take on this: 6&quot; styrofoam egg, coated with modeling paste whipped up into a spiky texture. All turned out well except I'm not too happy with the rub-on gold accent; it dried very quickly and I obviously had trouble spreading it thin enough to be an accent like KaptinScarlet's.
<p>that egg is cool i like it</p>
<p>These are amazing and really fun and pretty. I think, especially on the green and black eggs, the glue lines could use some gold paint, I think it would absolutely pop and make it just that much prettier.</p>
<p>this is a great idea! thanks so much</p>
Dear Kaptin: <br>What a nice job! <br> <br>more on that. Being an ignorant in this matter: Dragon Egss. <br>Finally, I think I comprehend why the female dragons are so bad tempered!!!... :-) <br> <br>Please, keep the good work! <br>
Looks like fun, I assume normal white eggs wouldn't do it though huh?
that is so cool.
To make the egg less fragile and have some substance in the hand, I suggest filling with plaster of paris and allowing it to cure before proceeding with the painting. I did this to produce dummy eggs for my ducks' nests at one time and while the real egg chipped off the plaster over time (months, years) in a livestock pen environment an empty egg would have been broken in days if not sooner. Definitely adds some heft and interior structure.
I suggest using egg gourds if you can find them. Google egg gourds. Will last forever as they are just like wood and much easier to handle.
lol - i was just gonna say that a dremel takes all the hassle out of step one.
Mega Cool!!!
Hi Kaptin!<br/>This was an awesome Instructable. The idea itself is fantastic, and the instructions are stellar. Love your illustrations; you really make everything easy to understand, and that is a rarity in an online how-to!<br/><br/>I made (I mean <em>found</em>) a handful of eggs for my boyfriend's birthday a few weeks ago. One for each of the chromatic dragons in Dungeons and Dragons.<br/><br/>I used spray paint for the base coats, acrylic for the distressing, and nail enamel for the highlights. Also, I glittered the black and white eggs with coarse black and iridescent white for a little texture and interest as they didn't have quite as much contrast as the coloured eggs.<br/><br/>I really enjoyed making them, and my boyfriend loved them, though he says he's a little nervous that they might hatch in our lifetime. ; ) We have them displayed on the mantle, and they are too nerdy and cool for me. Thank you!<br/>
You did a fantastic job and I love how you chose to stand them. Thanx for sharing
these are wicked great job <br>
nice work
They are absolutely brilliant. Thanks for the lovely message and the great images. If you like that sort of thing I have a website of my own filled with such stuff. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.dadcando.com/">dadcando</a>. In it you'll find a is a neat section called the Dragonry (in the Making Section). But whatever, those eggs are just how I imagined they'd be. Love the nests by the way <sup>_</sup><br/>
Thanks! Yes, I've been to DadCanDo. I think it's an awesome site, and I'm hoping to join soon. Your kids must be some of the happiest kids on the planet. Thanks again! I can't wait to see what you've got next!
Thanks for your lovely comments, yes they are pretty happy... <sup>_</sup> got loads of cool stuff coming up!<br/>
Ive just visited dadcando and it is awesome. I hope to join but i dont really have money to spare.. shame. great ideas though.
Nice eggs! But how did you make the base? Just glue rocks together? Or glue the rocks to something else?
Thanx for these instructions I am definately going to try this.
I like these very much. Another fun thing to try would be to paint a color first, add the glue, and use gold or silver leaf on the glue. It WILL stick to hot glue.
Thank you so much for some inspiration. I started to make the first one and decided it needed some incubation buddies....lol <br>I used paper covered plastic eggs I purchased from a craft store. Paints are acrylics and I used puffy metallic paints for the silver gold and copper. I coated these in brush on glaze. I liked that I had much more control over the color by hand mixing and painting. <br>Thank you!! <br>
im going to make these, but I cant find any latex paint... <br>
Acrylic, spray or emulsion will do just as well
its just that the first time the spray paint got all drippy, and i figured that you needed some clear latex paint to make it stick. and what is emulsion, anyway?
I am sooooo making these 2moz, might not have the glue gun, but..... may use something similar, like a fast set sealant, if all goes well, will post a pic here. :-)
Heres mine!
the red one is cool<br><br>
the Family and I had a blast making these turned out very nice<br>Thanks

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