Introduction: Make a Gorgeous Dragon's Egg

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.

Step 2: Blow the Egg

Now it's time to put your lips where for along while the sun did not shine (in the chicken world that is) and blow. The trick is to blow hard (depending on the size of the hole) while holding the egg gently, this can be tricky. It might also help to poke a cocktail stick into the egg first and wiggle it about a bit so as to break the yolk sack, because that is one tough thing to blow out of a small hole.

The whole blowing part is a good job to get the kids to do (a bit of at least), anything from about 8 -9 years old or onwards should be fine.

Collect the white and yolk in a suitable bowl or jug, and save for later conversion into scramble or an omelet (probably best if you do this the same day and once you have blown all over the egg yolk and white, I'm not sure how long it will keep). Also (not to be gross, but) all that blow / spittle that you might have got into the mix as a byproduct of all that blowing, might preclude the serving of said scramble to guests outside the immediate family!

Once all the egg white and yolk is (rather cathartically) evacuated, run the egg under the cold tap to clean out the inside as much as possible. If you can, it might be worth filling your mouth with water and blowing that through the egg. You don't want it getting smelly. I have to say that I have never had an egg prepared like this go bad.

Step 3: Attach a Cocktail Stick to the Egg

As with many model making projects, the problem of how to hold the work piece while you paint it, work on it, and other wise tinker with it, is overcome by attaching a small sacrificial handle. The dragon's egg is no different.

Put some hot melt on the end of a cocktail stick and gently push it into the egg at one end so that most of it sticks out. Hold it till it is set and add a little bit of hot melt, glue gun glue on the outside if necessary.

You must still handle the egg with care, but this simple handle will make all the difference.

Step 4: Draw Hot Melt Features on the Egg

If you were making a regular painted egg, at this point, you would just start painting. However, this is Instructables and this is an Instructable on to make a Dragon's Egg.

So, instead of painting the egg right away, draw some features on it with the hot melt glue gun. Of course you can do any pattern you like. In fact variety and invention is the key to making your dragon's egg a real original. (As you can see one of the comments is that you could also make an Alien's Egg, now how cool would that be... mmm might try that ).

But in case you want to practice before you branch out, here's how I did it.

First: I drew loops round the upper half of the egg, while rotating it.

Second: I joined the tops of these loops to the top tip of the egg with more or less straight lines

Third: I joined the bottom of each of the loops to the bottom tip of the egg (right by the cocktail stick) with wavy lines.

Step 5: Spray the Dragon's Egg

It is now a Dragon's Egg and you must spray it or otherwise colour it appropriately.

I have a number of old cans of spray paint and so I chose black (with a red glow at the bottom), half and half gold and silver, and a really rich green.

If you don't have spray paint then any water proof paint will do, household emulsion (called Latex paint in the US), or even nail varnish, (ASK THE OWNER of the nail varnish first, that stuff can be expensive!)

You could try almost any colour. I believe that Dragon's Eggs of almost any real colour have been described and I'm sure there are a few out there with imaginary colours!

Use the edge of a corrugated cardboard box, the prong in the middle of the egg box, some flower arranging foam, or a large bit of Blu Tak to pop the other end of the cocktail stick in to hold the egg while it dries. (how easy is that?!)

Step 6: Distress the Dragon's Egg

Now you should really distress your Dragon's Egg a bit. After all Dragon's Eggs have been known to be 1000's of years old.

Like all distressing, all you have to do is paint a bit of grime on and wipe it off so that it goes in all the crevices, which of course you have just made using the glue gun.

Paint on black acrylic paint (or other contrasting colour) and then while it is still wet, wipe it off.

Step 7: Add Surface Highlights

This is an optional step. however, adding those last few details is great fun and does make the Dragon's Egg look really special. I used gold rubbing paste (Rub n Buff (US), Gold Finger (UK)) but you could use a bit of contrasting paint on the finger tip or a luminous gel pen, for example.

Step 8: Cut Off Cocktail Stick Handle

Carefully cut off the cocktail stick as close as possible to the base.

Either use a strong pair of kitchen scissors or better still a pair of wire cutters (blades meet rather than shear).

Do not rest the Dragon's Egg on anything and use force that could translate to the Dragon's Egg itself, when cutting off the stick.

If you want you could place the cocktail stick in a vice and hacksaw it through carefully.

Step 9: Admire Your Dragon's Egg

To make a stand for it paint a bottle cap black, cut down a 35mm film tub (to about half an inch (1cm) should do it), or go to the dadcando egg stand project, and get the free downloadable template to make a really nice stand that has been specially designed for this egg.

Whilst you're at it why not have a look at the Antique Mailing Box, which you can make to keep your Dragon's Egg safe, and pretend that you got it from a far off land.

Whatever you do, have fun making this project. I think it will make the most original and exciting Easter gift for someone dear.

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Sebastiandragonmaster made it! (author)2016-09-28

Nice!

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Mattydubs made it! (author)2016-03-16

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

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KaptinScarlet made it! (author)KaptinScarlet2016-03-17

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!

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Mattydubs made it! (author)Mattydubs2016-03-17

thanks have any tips for the stand of mine I used hot glue to see how that turned out

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kristen.l.kenley made it! (author)2015-03-27

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.

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Mattydubs made it! (author)Mattydubs2016-03-16

what l did you use for the base

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spoonietreasures made it! (author)2015-04-22

A metal tapping screw works fine to drill holes in eggs.

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mikaelalovella made it! (author)2015-04-05

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

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Morgo made it! (author)2015-02-25

I made these as prizes for a charity game/fundraiser. everyone loved them.

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KaptinScarlet made it! (author)KaptinScarlet2015-02-25

they look absolutely great, nice job.

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verybluesky made it! (author)2011-04-29

Just wondering if this can be done with plastic easter eggs instead of real ones. Seems they would last longer.

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BlackFang171 made it! (author)BlackFang1712011-06-09

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

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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 "BIN Primer" 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.

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ScottM9 made it! (author)ScottM92014-11-13

Wow...it has been so many years since I made that comment...I absolutely should have thought of primer.

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tn. made it! (author)tn.2013-03-30

prepared like this and looked after properly, a dragon's egg would last long enough to qualify as an heirloom.

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NatureGeek24 made it! (author)2012-04-09

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. ;-)

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Zappzipper made it! (author)Zappzipper2014-10-20

haha your kids did a wonderful job they look nice

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hforen15 made it! (author)hforen152014-09-25

hay i like the holders

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KaptinScarlet made it! (author)KaptinScarlet2012-04-16

Fantastic, glad you enjoyed the project and the eggs look great

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clibanarius made it! (author)2011-10-08

Here's kind of a different take on this: 6" 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.

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hforen15 made it! (author)hforen152014-09-25

that egg is cool i like it

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makuna_matata123 made it! (author)2014-07-09

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.

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houdinitedjuju made it! (author)2014-04-17

this is a great idea! thanks so much

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marionpixie made it! (author)2014-01-06

kool

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casuallooker made it! (author)2013-03-31

Dear Kaptin:
What a nice job!

more on that. Being an ignorant in this matter: Dragon Egss.
Finally, I think I comprehend why the female dragons are so bad tempered!!!... :-)

Please, keep the good work!

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marccase made it! (author)2013-03-31

Looks like fun, I assume normal white eggs wouldn't do it though huh?

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epiclink8480 made it! (author)2013-03-31

that is so cool.

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adunster made it! (author)2013-03-30

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.

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SunnysideGourds made it! (author)2013-03-30

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.

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tn. made it! (author)2013-03-30

lol - i was just gonna say that a dremel takes all the hassle out of step one.

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overfiend2069 made it! (author)2013-03-30

Mega Cool!!!

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selftaughtgenius made it! (author)2009-02-11

Hi Kaptin!
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!

I made (I mean found) a handful of eggs for my boyfriend's birthday a few weeks ago. One for each of the chromatic dragons in Dungeons and Dragons.

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.

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!

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wolfwidow made it! (author)wolfwidow2013-03-18

You did a fantastic job and I love how you chose to stand them. Thanx for sharing

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slaveboy2000 made it! (author)slaveboy20002013-02-16

these are wicked great job

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albylovesscience made it! (author)albylovesscience2009-08-14

nice work

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KaptinScarlet made it! (author)KaptinScarlet2009-02-11

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. dadcando. 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 _

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selftaughtgenius made it! (author)selftaughtgenius2009-02-12

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!

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KaptinScarlet made it! (author)KaptinScarlet2009-02-12

Thanks for your lovely comments, yes they are pretty happy... _ got loads of cool stuff coming up!

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Jaquezy made it! (author)Jaquezy2009-07-23

Ive just visited dadcando and it is awesome. I hope to join but i dont really have money to spare.. shame. great ideas though.

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sgsidekick made it! (author)sgsidekick2009-04-12

Nice eggs! But how did you make the base? Just glue rocks together? Or glue the rocks to something else?

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wolfwidow made it! (author)2013-03-18

Thanx for these instructions I am definately going to try this.

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mrhird made it! (author)2013-03-18

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.

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holly9696 made it! (author)2012-09-20

Thank you so much for some inspiration. I started to make the first one and decided it needed some incubation buddies....lol
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.
Thank you!!

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Boppylop made it! (author)2012-05-13

im going to make these, but I cant find any latex paint...

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KaptinScarlet made it! (author)KaptinScarlet2012-05-13

Acrylic, spray or emulsion will do just as well

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Boppylop made it! (author)Boppylop2012-05-14

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?

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Dejaykomm made it! (author)2012-04-06

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. :-)

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Zephyra Dragonborn made it! (author)2012-04-03

Heres mine!

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shadow123456 made it! (author)2011-04-30

the red one is cool

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reinovator made it! (author)2011-04-25

the Family and I had a blast making these turned out very nice
Thanks

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