Of all the Easter crafts and projects, these gold leaf Easter eggs are hands down my absolute favorite (although these easy marbled Easter eggs are a close second). It doesn’t get much prettier than these colorful gold flecked eggs.
These fancy gold beauties look like they belong somewhere posh and expensive, yet are very simple to make. You really can’t mess these up, I promise!
Because they’re made from wood eggs instead of real eggs, these gold leaf Easter eggs can be used year after year without fear of cracking or breaking.
Gold leaf Easter eggs are a great way to welcome spring into your home, and look amazing tucked inside a homemade bird nest.
Gold Leaf Easter Eggs
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- Wooden eggs
- Spray paint (in various colors)
- 2 Foam brushes
- Mod Podge or Mod Podge
- Gold leaf sheets
- Spray sealer
Step 1. Spray paint the wood Easter eggs in your desired colors. Spray lightly with multiple coats of paint to avoid dripping.
Apply two coats for a more vibrant color, and let dry between coats.
I used a piece of styrofoam and stuck sucker sticks (toothpicks work too) into the foam to hold the eggs while I paint them. This helped the eggs not to roll and ruin the paint.
Step 2. Apply Mod Podge or gesso onto the painted Easter egg with a foam brush by brushing on a thin coat wherever you would like the gold to be. I painted a third of the egg at a time to make it easier.
Step 3. Take a piece of gold leaf and stick it on to where you just applied the Mod Podge. Gently press down onto the gold leaf with your finger.
Step 4. Let the gold leaf dry for a minute or two. Use a soft brush (or a clean dry foam brush) to gently brush the gold leaf in one direction to make sure the gold leaf is properly adhered and to brush away any excess gold.
Aren’t they gorgeous?! I love how each Easter egg looks unique and different!
You can kind of manipulate how you want each one to look, too. If you want more gold, then apply another thin bit of gesso or Mod Podge, then add more gold leaf and brush off the excess.
If you want more color showing through and less gold, then brush away more of the gold leaf with the brush.
Step 5. Important! Once all of the eggs have their gold leaf applied, be sure to use a matte spray sealer to seal the egg. Don’t skip this step!
If you don’t seal the eggs, then you will have gold leaf falling off and your Easter eggs won’t very long. Save all your hard work and seal those eggs!
I used two thin coats on each side of my eggs, and the gold leaf isn’t going anywhere!
Update: I’ve had my eggs for over two years now and they look great and have held up perfectly!
Since you were smart and used wooden eggs instead of real ones, you can keep these eggs from year to year without fear of them getting broken like my marbled Easter eggs did. Lesson learned!
Here’s a few more of my favorite Easter posts-
Christ-centered Easter printables
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Maki Shibuya says
This is really nice. I’m glad to see Modge Podge can be used with the gold leaf. But would this work with blown eggs? I want to do this activity with a group of kids, and blown eggs are easier for them to get a hold of than wooden ones.
Yes, this would work with blown eggs too. You just have to be extra careful not to crack or break them. Good luck, I’m sure they’ll be beautiful! 🙂