Okay, I know I usually reserve Wednesdays for snail mail posts and Fridays for craft posts but I’m switching things up a little this week and it totally has nothing to do with not having my snail mail post written yet…okay that might be the reason. I’m a little out of sorts this last week – between anime binge sessions and video gaming, I kind of forgot to write and schedule blog posts for this week – so much for planning!
So anyway, time for a crafty post! I have a pretty easy craft to show you today – I made these dragon eggs for Easter but really they’re something you can make all year round to give to anyone in your life whose a fan of dragons and would like their own dragon egg to care for!
I remembered seeing a video ages ago where someone made these dragon eggs using thumbtacks. I thought it was a pretty cool idea but I just never got around to trying it out. Then, back in early March, I was browsing a craft store, spotted a pack of polystyrene eggs and was reminded of the video. I decided to pick some up, along with a lot of thumbtacks and try it out!
I have to say, I really underestimated the amount of thumbtacks a dragon egg needs!
Here you can see the size of the eggs:
So it easily fits in your hand. Well, here’s where 200 thumbtacks got me:
That was all I had at the time so another trip to the stores was required and many, many more thumbtacks were bought!
In terms of making these, they are really simple to make. All you need is a polystyrene egg and thumbtacks. Start with sticking a thumbtack in at the narrow end of the egg and just start working your way around, overlapping the thumbtacks to create that scale look.
I did say it was easy!
The not so easy part is trying to photograph a shiny object…
(Yes, I did run out of silver thumbtacks and had to finish one of them off with gold! The moral of the story is you always need more!)
I made a number of these eggs and I sent a few off to pen pals at the start of the month. I hope they all managed to get to their destinations safely – a few found their way to America at least!
I’d like to work on finding ways to paint the eggs to give them a different look. If anyone has any suggestions on how to paint something like this, let me know!
Also, now that I think about it, I did send these eggs to people so that sort of counts this post as a snail mail post, right?