The girl has lately become really interested in dragons. We picked up the book Dragonology rather at random at the library. It’s written like an early 20th century guide book to dragons, and it’s really cool.
I decided to combine the kit with a dragon egg hunt for Easter, but these eggs would be great for Game of Thrones or Harry Potter parties, as a prop for fantasy role playing games or just to hunt any time.
I learned this technique from a dragon egg tutorial video that I actually can’t find, though there are lots of them on YouTube that do it this same way.
What You’ll Need
- Styrofoam eggs
- Flat thumbtacks (lots and LOTS of thumbtacks)
- Viva Decor Inka-Gold metal gloss paint (optional)
Stick thumbtacks into the eggs, overlapping them so that they look like scales. I can’t overstate that this will take a lot of tacks and a long time to put together. I used more than 200 tacks on each egg, and I made three eggs.
Paint with color of your choice. I started with yellow, brown and teal and did a second coat of orange mixed with yellow, dark brown mixed with lighter brown and teal mixed with blue to add a little extra depth. You want to be able to see both colors.
Once dry, use your fingers to add a little gold paint for extra dimension and fun.
The kit was in a burlap bag and included old maps (thanks, Laurie!), a magnifying glass, a leather journal, pen, pencil and her camera. I added a copy of How to Train Your Dragon just for fun. We read it already and it’s pretty cute.
This is a simple though rather time-consuming craft, but it’s also pretty fun and dramatic.
Do you make geek crafts? I’d love to hear about them!