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March 23, 2023
We wanted to share a creative tutorial with you for your everyday curio cabinet and that fits nicely into the Easter season! We had a lot of fun creating this display piece for our Seattle studio, and hope you'll enjoy following along and creating your own gorgeous Egg Dome!
The materials you’ll need for this project are:
2. The paint
We went a bit wild with the selection of spray paints - you certainly don't need this many! For a fun springtime Egg Dome, we suggest a few pastels with some darker shades for contrast. We use spray paint for a smooth even finish, but you can use acrylic paint as well.
3. Drill a hole in the eggs
Using your drill & 1/4" drill bit, drill a hole in the wooden eggs to match the size of your dowels. You don't need a deep hole just one that the dowel will fit comfortably in. We recommend doing this before painting the egg (unlike our photo)!
4. Paint the dowels
To paint them, make sure your work area is covered, and spray the dowels evenly while rotating. We use a gold/brass color for the dowels. To dry stick them upright in Styrofoam.
5. Paint the eggs
Once the dowels are dry use a bit of hot glue in the hole of the eggs to firmly keep the dowels held to the eggs. Once glue has dried mask the dowel with painters tape. Then spray paint and rotate the egg for an even finish putting them back in the styrofoam to dry or for heavier eggs a water glass w/out water making sure the egg doesn't touch the edges. Don't cut the dowels yet.
7. Assemble and Arrange the Egg Dome
To assemble the egg dome, we drilled 1/4" holes about a 1/4" down in the wooden base of our cloche to fit the dowels. We start drilling with the focal point egg. At this point you're not gluing the eggs in the drilled holes just planing. Ours is the large green egg.
Once you decide where your focal point is map out around your center egg. To create a dynamic display make sure no two eggs are the same height. After you're happy with where the focal point egg is next find where your tallest egg will go and drill the hole for that egg.
Now you're on a roll! Continue to place your next eggs cutting the dowels to size (alway check twice that the length is what you want before cutting) with the wire cutters and drilling a 1/4" hole to place in base. Make sure they all fit inside your glass cloche! Do not glue the dowels to the base until you're happy with the arrangement. Once you are happy, lift dowels out put a pea size drop of hot glue in the holes in the base and place the dowels back holding in place while the glue dries.
9. Enjoy the finished product!
We love the is project and think it's a great fit for any time of year. Inspired by natural bird eggs we added our own twist on them to make them extra special.
Following the steps above, it's fun and relatively easy to create a beautiful glass cloche egg dome that's perfect for spring and Easter time! We hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!
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