My partner and I wanted a wedding that was very “us,” and part of that means “a very limited budget.” So we’re DIYing our decor and favors — my favorite of which are our DIY dragon eggs!
These geeky items are gorgeous, easy to make, and relaxing. If you have these items, here’s how to make a dragon egg…
- flat metal tacks
- foam board, closed and open-cell foam (to line up and paint the tacks)
- a styrofoam egg of any size (found in the floral department of your local craft store, usually)
- shimmery nail polish (I recommend a prismatic or holographic nail polish for maximum snake-like glisten)
1. Gently press your tacks into a foam surface.
This is to line them up for painting. You can use foam board, closed and open-cell foam, but don’t use paper or cardboard (the paint will stick to the paper and make a huge mess).
2. Paint all of the flat metal tacks with 1-2 coats of nail polish.
If it’s a thick polish, like this one, stick with one coat. If you can see the metal through one coat, let the first coat dry thoroughly and then paint a second time. If it’s especially thin, you may need a third coat, but it’s less likely.
3. After the paint is completely dry
Press your starting tack in the center of the bottom of the egg (that’s the fattest end).
4. Layer the tacks as “scales”
Overlap the previous one to the left, and the one(s) below it. You’re making a spiral, essentially.
5. Try to keep an even overlap as you go.
It’s okay if they start looking off-center, or if each row creeps higher on one side. You can adjust as you go to even it out.
6. By the end, they’ll look something like this.
It’s heftier than you might think, and looks fantastic in direct light.
Tada! Ready for a nest. Horde optional.
Probably the best part about this is that it’s very zen, focusing on gently pushing each tack into the styrofoam in a pattern. Probably the worst part about this is painstakingly pushing the tacks into rows before painting. And the paint — definitely do this with the windows open (even five-free nail polish can be stinky).
And there you go — an easy, geeky DIY project, fit for weddings, parties, and gifts!