Feature Friday- Beaded Faberge Egg Tutorial

by Susan Myers on November 19, 2010

A unique take on Faberge Eggs, this simple process of glue and beads turns a regular chicken egg into a beaded work of art!  These Beaded Faberge eggs can be great decorations for Christmas or Easter depending upon your mood!

beaded faberge egg tutorial

I have been making Ukrainian eggs for over a year now. But my dealings with decorating eggs have far preceded the Ukrainian eggs. About five years ago, I wanted to come up with something original for the ornament club and the idea of Faberge eggs came to mind. Of course, I’m wanting to make something fabulous and as usual, I have a dollar store budget. But frankly, I’ve never let that stop me before. So with a bunch of seed beeds, ribbon and acrylic paint, I came up with these:

beaded faberge egg tutorial

They were a big hit. So now, I would like to re-create just the beaded part of the egg and leave the painting for other projects. After all, I’ve learned a whole lot about dealing with eggs in the past year and now I have tricks. Tricks, I tell you.

For this project, I used:

Chicken Eggs
Narrow Gold Ribbon
Narrow Blue Ribbon
Seed Beads
Hot Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
1/2″ Gold Ribbon

Let’s start by dealing with that egg. Back when I made the original eggs, I blew them out the old fashioned way. That would be by using a thumb tack to puncture both ends of the egg, stirring up the yolk with a toothpick, and blowing out the egg, turning blue in the process and totally grossing myself out. Not that I don’t like eggs, but cooking them is preferred. Just saying.

This method, while effective, can result in quite a few egg disasters and usually took more than one attempt and a large amount of eggs.

beaded faberge egg tutorial

Then I found this. You can buy it on line for about $8.00 and it lasts forever. I’ve probably blown at least 100 eggs with this one.

Use the little green handled drill to make a tiny hole in the bottom of the egg. Insert the needle to break up the yolk. Pump air into the egg with the hand-held bellows and needle. The air then forces the material out of that tiny hole. After completely emptied, pour water into the bellows and flush out the remainder of the egg. I purchased mine through All Things Ukrainian.

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Now that we have the eggs prepared, set up your workstation. Because eggs have a bad habit of rolling around, I use a small muffin tin to sit them in while I am working with them. This makes a great drying station.

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Take your narrow ribbon and glue onto your egg using the hot glue. Wrap around the egg lengthwise to mark off four equal sections and then once around the middle. You will end up with eight sections.

beaded faberge egg tutorial

Now use a pencil and make a design. Any design will do. I did find that the less elaborate designs seem prettier. But that is just me. I made each of my sections a repetitive design, but there is no law that says you have to.

beaded faberge egg tutorial

Now, using the tacky glue and a toothpick, add glue to the section where you would like to apply a certain color bead.

beaded faberge egg tutorial

Then holding the egg over a bowl to catch loose beads, shake your beads over the section of glue to coat.

beaded faberge egg tutorial

Tap off the excess beads and carefully push any beads that stray into the proper position. Repeat for other sections of the egg.

beaded faberge egg tutorial
beaded faberge egg tutorial

You will probably want to work on more than one egg at a time, allowing the glue to dry before moving onto other colors.

Once the eggs are fully beaded, add a bow to the top. I just wrapped ribbon around my fingers until it looked like a pretty bow and then hotglued it on. Nothing too fancy.

beaded faberge egg tutorial

And there you go! You will find that the eggs are much less breakable with the addition of all that glue and beads. And they sure look pretty on the tree.

beaded faberge egg tutorial
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1 jet February 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

wooow this is cool , and thank you for the great tute. Awesome idea , but i think i’m too impatience. At first i thought you used not a real egg but those fake ones.
I’m really flabergasthed of this.
thank you for the sharing;-D

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2 Mary Margaret February 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Couldn’t you use styrofoam eggs in place of the real egg shells, just make sure the glue you use in compatible with the styrofoam. That would make them unbreakable and they would last for years.

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3 Susan Myers February 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hi Mary,

That is a great idea! An even cheaper method would be to use plastic Easter eggs. I tend to use real eggs simply because I have such a large supply of them.

suzy

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4 Johnnie November 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Beautiful ornaments!!

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5 Heather Beading December 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

How gorgeous are these and they will look fantastic on your Christmas tree. Very delicate to begin with but the beads and glue would certainly make them stronger. Thanks for sharing.

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6 Julie December 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm

These are impressive! I'd love for you to link up on my blog:
http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-ornament-link-up-singing.html

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7 Jenny @ Embellishing Life November 29, 2010 at 4:40 am

Those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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8 BigBearswife November 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

cute! I love them!

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9 Amanda Dale November 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
http://www.theivycottageblog.blogspot.com
-Amanda

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10 Sandy Ang November 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Wow these are incredible !

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11 Cheri November 23, 2010 at 8:57 pm

These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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12 Holly November 23, 2010 at 6:43 am

Oh my! These are just absolutely amazing and gorgeous beyond belief! WOW! Thanks for linking to tickled pink!
Holly
504 Main

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13 Becky November 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Those are beautiful! So much love and time… Great job!

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14 Heather November 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

These are so lovely! I can't believe that these are handmade. Great job! Visiting from Polly wants a Crafter

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15 Jill November 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Fabulous eggs!
Just wanted to let you know I featured your pine cone gift baskets on my round tuit post this week!

http://jembellish.blogspot.com/2010/11/round-tuit-24-and-day-14-of-45.html

Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you have a lovely week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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16 art2cee2 November 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

these eggs are wonderful! Don't know if I have the patience for this project, wish I did because I am sure they look wonderful on a Christmas tree. :-)

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17 Jen M November 20, 2010 at 5:53 am

New follower via Boost My Blog Friday :)
Jen @ My Secret Home

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18 Roslyn November 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Fabulous but so much work, think I will stick to quilts……….

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19 southernscraps November 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm

These are beautiful. Thanks for the invite to the link party!

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20 Helena November 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Suzy, you rock my world. These are so beautiful, and the process doesn't seem nearly as scary as I thought it would be.

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21 Regina November 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Very unique!! I love making eggs but I usually just do them around Easter…I'm kinda weird like that..the Holidays just get me motivated and then I want to go "Wait..I should have started this project over a month ago" LOL

I'm stopping by from Friday blog hop at Design it Chic. So happy I did.

Hugs,
Regi

Come by my whimsical world when you get a chance.

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22 Valerie November 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Those are beautiful! You're very talented. Visiting from Design it Chic's blog hop!
Valerie
occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

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23 The Answer Is Chocolate November 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Oh my gosh you have some patience! These are gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to my "Open House"!

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24 poindextr November 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm

These are fabulous – they really do look like jeweled eggs. I'm way impressed! Wonder if you use these as decorations on your Christmas tree or for more special ornamentation? Either way, they must look just splendid!

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