How to make eggs with miniature 3D scenes!

by Susan Myers on March 16, 2012

Love miniatures?  Want to make something amazing?  Create a miniature scene inside a real chicken egg shell!  This project is not as hard as it looks and the results are fabulous!

My mother owns chickens; my sister owns ducks and geese.  Between the two of them, they are keeping me well supplied in eggs for my Ukrainian egg art.  So well in fact, that I currently have an over-abundance of eggs.  Since I seem to have eggs on the brain, I came up with a few new projects to try with them.  I enjoyed putting together the little scenes for my mouse trap clips that utilized the art of paper tole, or 3D effects.  So I thought I’d move onto eggs and created 3D Panoramic Eggs….

For this project I used:

One dozen jumbo eggs
Acrylic Paint
Assorted clip art copied 6 times
White glue
Thin cardboard
Styrofoam
Mod Podge
Egg Finding
Thin Ribbon
Natural Moss

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Begin by taking your dozen eggs and breaking holes in them.  My method was to place the egg on a towel and tap it gently with the handle of a knife until it broke open a small hole about the size of my thumbnail.  Dump out the insides and then wash the shell thoroughly and allow it to dry.  During this process, I did lose two eggs due to over-cracking, so be sure to prepare more than you will end up needing.

3d scenic egg ornaments

Paint each egg with several coats of paint, allowing them to dry in between each coat.  Like my cool drying rack?  After the outside of the egg is dry, paint several layers of light blue paint on the inside of the egg.  After it is thoroughly dry, the shell is protected enough to cut out your opening with a pair of small scissors.  Trim it carefully, and with any luck, your shell will stay intact.  I lost one more egg during this process.  Started with a dozen and ended up with nine total.

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I made six copies of the same illustration.  Starting with the first one, I cut it to fit inside the egg.  I then layered different sections of it with thin cardboard, giving it a 3D look.  Basically you make the areas with the most layers the ones closest and the background has the least layers.  Once you get the 3D scene put together, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to protect the paper.

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I then added a plaid design to the outside of the eggs.  Glitter is another option, but I love the look of plaid, so it ends up on quite a few of my projects.  Once the outside of the shell is painted, be sure to add a good coat of Mod Podge for protection.

3d scenic egg ornaments

Now at this point, I had the brilliant idea of using packing peanuts to hold the scene just inside the opening of the egg.  Unfortunately,  I didn’t realize that these particular packing peanuts are biodegradable.  Which meant that they dissolved when the glue hit them.  Sigh.

So I cut up some real styrofoam and glued it to the inside back of the egg, then glued the 3D scene onto the part of the styrofoam facing outward, placing my scene approximately 1/2″ inside the opening of the egg.

3d scenic egg ornaments

3d scenic egg ornaments

The final touches included gluing a metal finding to the top of the egg, and adding a thin ribbon for hanging, gluing just a touch of natural moss in the bottom of the egg for texture, and adding some tiny jeweled flowers that I had on hand.

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3d scenic egg ornament3d scenic egg ornament

3d scenic egg ornament3d scenic egg ornament

3d scenic egg ornament

These little eggs are not just for Easter.  I made them with scenes that would work year round.  There is Mavis the Cow, Ralph the Hotdog Vendor, Sam the Hedgehog, and Brian the grouchy bull amongst the rest of the 3D scenes.  They could be part of a gift wrapping, hung from a rear view mirror, or placed in an egg cup for display.  There are so many options for this cute little gift.

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1 Viktor March 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

What a neat idea! Thanks for the post.Good aggs!

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2 jet February 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

aaaaw soo cute, well done, i like them all.
Thank you for the sharing and the effords you had made for the tute.XD

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3 Terri March 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Suzy, you are truly amazing and my hero!! These are awesome!!

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4 katie March 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

What an awesome idea!

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5 Kaysi March 23, 2012 at 2:44 am

These are so great!!! I’m going to feature you on Sunday!

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6 LoeLaLoep (Heidi) March 22, 2012 at 5:07 am

Oh, these eggs are so adorable! What a nice idea :)

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7 Jerri March 22, 2012 at 2:39 am

These turned out great! Love the tutorial! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! I’m featuring this week!

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8 Mindie March 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

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9 Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer March 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm

These are AWESOME! I just love them. What a great idea. They would be great as gifts. Love it!

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10 crystal March 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

These are sooooo very cute!!! :-)

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11 Michelle Paige March 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

These are so adorable! I love how you made these! Would you be willing to link this up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party? I’d love to have you! http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/02/springtime-holiday-link-party.html
Thanks, Michelle

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12 Jill March 19, 2012 at 12:17 am

Brilliant Suzy!! I love these! I’ll pin it to try when I have a lot of time one day!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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13 MiMi March 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Those are AMAZING!!!! You were on Tatertots and Jello today! :)

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14 Danee March 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

Although your graphic and bold aesthetic is not mine, I love what you did with these eggs. They are simply darling and so much fun. Makes me think maybe I should rethink my aesthetic….I also loved the inspiration mousetraps. Who would think to make a mousetrap into an art project. Takes “building a better mouse trap” to a whole new level!

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15 Shirley March 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Oh how cute these are. Thanks for the post.

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16 Just Winging It March 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:
http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-your-stuff-15.html

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17 Brenda Williams March 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I love these and admire the skills needed to make these. I would have the shells in little pieces. They are just awesome!!

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18 Rhissanna March 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

Wow! These are really sweet! I need to make some more eggs for my Easter Tree; if I feel confident about making the windows, I might try these.

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19 Shannon Quinn March 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

New follower here! This is such a cool tutorial, can’t wait to check out your others!
Please follow back if you’d like, I have a craft blog also at: http://www.rockpaperscissorscreate.blogspot.com
Thanks!

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20 Zelma March 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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21 Paula March 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

there all so awesome, love it!!!

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22 Lynda March 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

LMAO! biodegradable peanuts!!!!!!!! LOL I’m laughing WITH you not AT you, he he he I want the bull, hint hint

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23 norene March 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

What a neat idea! I loved the cow.

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