Spring has sprung in the Southern Institute of Faux Finishing Studio! We are gearing up for a late Easter this year and so ready to help you decorate! This past week, we held a French Easter Egg workshop that (in my opinion) produced some of the most beautiful work of any workshop so far. If you're reading this and you participated, GREAT JOB! Easter is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for; combining pretty pastels, cute bunnies, and yummy Easter candy is the quickest way to my heart. Today I'm giving you a full write up of everything you need to do this project on your own, as well as step-by-step guidance! Feel free to contact us with any questions and follow the links I provide to shop for your supplies. Big shout out to Lydia Langston, owner of Efex USA for providing only the best in appliqués!
What you'll need:
Step 1: Paint the egg smoothly.
- We recommend 2 coats to get the most out of your chosen color.
Step 2: Apply Gilding Wax to Efex Appliques
Step 3: Trace the design onto the egg.
- This is done by placing your Efex where you plan to attach it to the egg, and then tracing around the shape lightly with a pencil.
Step 4: Apply DAP Contact Cement
- Apply the cement to both the back of the Efex and inside the traced design.
- Don't stick on your Efex yet! Allow the cement to set for 10 to 12 minutes.
Step 5: Stick the Efex to the egg
- Handle with care and be sure to place the Efex exactly where you traced it. The Efex will be difficult to remove if you accidentally glue it to the wrong place!
Step 6: Touch ups
- If after placing your Efex in the desired location you can still see tracing marks, use the same Jolie Paint to touch up those areas. It won't take long to dry and remember that a little Jolie Paint goes a long way!
Step 7: Apply Jolie Finishing Wax in Clear
- Be careful not to get any wax on the gilded Efex. Finishing wax will actually remove the gilding wax!
Step 8: Wipe off the excess wax.
- Be sure you are using a lint-free cloth or cheesecloth to remove wax.
When you're finished, you'll be able to incorporate these beautiful French Eggs into your Easter tablescapes and other decor. Easter basket centerpieces just got a whole new look!