DIY Glitter Eggs (Failed)

In an effort to keep it real, I’m going to break it down for you today and share this project with you. Even though it failed quite miserably and I decided to walk from it and have another cup of coffee instead of dealing with it like a good little blogger would. (Because sometimes/often/always I find coffee is a really good solution to a lot of things.) Ready to hear a funny story? Good, because I’m warning you that there are no pretty styled photos accompanying this post. Just a good ol’ fashioned DIY fail.

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Yesterday Jenny wrote a really great post about the time that goes into creating DIY projects for online editorial and girl is not wrong. It’s time consuming and sometimes it’s just outright exhausting. But see, I really really wanted to make some Easter eggs for you. Despite having just moved and having traveled more already in 2013 than I ever usually have at this point in the year (as in it’s March and I’m already at something like 12 or 13 flights), and generally being in a constant state of juggling over here at the moment. The first week of spring has brought loads of snow and  squashed my plans to shoot a whole bunch of awesome DIY projects as intended this week. But, lest I should be a lazy little blogger, I was going to make you some eggs, damnit.

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So with that in mind I did what any good blogger would do. I boiled some eggs. I rounded up my stash of glitter. I grabbed a jar of ModPodge. And I was making glitter eggs. They were going to be amazing. They were going to be the next biggest thing to hit Pinterest. No big deal.

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I slapped a coat of ModPodge on my eggs. And I’m rocking out to Pandora and generally having a grand time. And then it all went downhill.

Making glitter Easter eggs | The Sweetest Occasion

On goes the glitter. And as is my usual MO, I just dumped the stuff right on there. I was getting excited, it was looking pretty. And then? Then not so much. It got sort of gloopy and clumpy and it was obviously not going to give me the smooth all-over coverage of glitter glee I was looking for initially. I played with it a bit. And then you know what? I just didn’t care. So I laughed it off. I washed the glitter off my hands. And I made that cup of coffee.

Making glitter Easter eggs | The Sweetest Occasion

See? What could have been awesome is not so awesome. By now you may be wondering why I’m sharing this with you considering it’s a far cry from my usual DIY posts. But honestly I felt like you should know that this is how it goes. For every perfectly styled and executed DIY tutorial I share there’s usually another one that didn’t make the cut. Or the ones that do make the cut? Sometimes I have to try what feels like 27 different techniques to nail one that achieves the look I’m going for and that I feel you’ll reasonably be able to replicate on your own. (You know, without the 27 attempts.) My boyfriend will tell you, it’s not uncommon for me to be up into the wee hours of the morning the night before a shoot trying to perfect things. And today? Today I was over perfection and I wanted coffee. So this is where we’re at.

Making glitter Easter eggs | The Sweetest Occasion

Want to know a little secret? As I am writing this, those eggs are still laying there in a pile of their own glittery disappointment. And I’ll probably find glitter in my hair for days. (Which I secretly find awesome, I admit.) Now if I were going to give this another go (which, I’m not, mind you), I would definitely use a glitter with a larger size particle. I happen to have a ton of a this shimmer glitter with teensy glitter grains and I wasn’t thinking it through when I grabbed these colors. They don’t work, so if you want to give this a try at home, go larger. Also, I realized halfway into it that the particular jar of ModPodge I grabbed was kind of old. I’m now going to toss it out, because I feel it’s partially to blame. And if you still want some pointers? I’d suggest popping over to Pinterest where I have loads of pretty eggs pinned because clearly these people are doing it better than me and you should be looking to them for guidance here.

Making glitter Easter eggs | The Sweetest Occasion

All of this to say, if you want to skip the fancy Easter eggs I personally vote that you do. I won’t judge you for buying an egg dye kit at the store. And if you hate hard boiled eggs? Then seriously, just buy the chocolate kind. I give you permission.

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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I actually think they look quite fun despite their unevenness. They are individual. Great that you posted something that didn’t quite work how you’d planned out. It’s always good to have tips from people. I am about to push the button on ordering some blown eggs… I may reconsider now :)

cyd

hahaha Thanks, Ginny! In truth, they don’t look horrible. Just nothing like I anticipated or wanted, so no biggie. I’m just using the rest to make egg salad ;-)

I am so impressed that you posted these. I know it took some courage and a lot of guts to share something you’re not 100% in love with! I love your acknowledgement that things don’t always turn out perfectly, even for a skilled crafter like yourself!!
Thanks for showing us all sides of The Sweetest Occasion! It makes me love it even more.

cyd

Awww thank you so much, Allison! I was debating whether or not to post them, but honestly I couldn’t resist. It’s not always perfectly happy craft hour over here, as much as I love getting covered in glitter. ;-)

Elli

Great stuff! Nothing sorts the day out better than coffee right? As a primary school teacher I too often find glitter for days on end- extra sparkle you’re not aware of. Love it! Thanks for sharing the reality of being a blogger. Oh and happy Easter!

i love this. makes me feel in good company of the occasional craft and kitchen fail club. thanks for keeping the internet real! cheers

lisa

i appreciate you posting a fail– it’s a good learning experience for us too, in case we’d though of trying the same thing

Jan

oh yes – should’ve seen my contact paper disaster the other day…. (love those blue sparkles)!

Maybe using craft glue and larger glitter? Studio DIY did this with sprinkles, and said that you had to use glue and be able to really press the sprinkles into the eggs.

Thanks for posting this. It helps to know I’m not the only one with DIY fails underneath my belt!

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Use a can of spray glue next time. It dries super quick.

Silva

I think this might be my favorite post yet.. it really does exemplify what you’re blog is all about- It’s a beautiful mess.

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I LOVE this post!! So glad you shared it!!

I appreciate you sharing your fail! It makes DIY seem more doable because you don’t always get it right the first time.

Next time, I would dump a tiny bit of mod podge in a container, mix the glitter in and then apply in very thin coats until you reach desired level of glitter awesomeness. Might even work to roll the egg in it instead of painting it on.

I LOVE this. Thanks so much. Whenever I try to do a new DIY craft for my blog, I’m always in this test trial phase before it actually gets to the real post. Sometimes it may take a couple of founds to perfect it.

Thanks so much for showing this. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one where it doesn’t come out perfect the first time!

I love that you posted this. Bravo to you! I’m currently going through this right now!! I have round-two sharpie decorated porcelain egg cups cooling in the oven and I’m calming the stress of the them failing, again, by drowning myself in a big cup of coffee. Thanks for keeping it real! The pics are still gorgeous!
Lou xx

HA this is why I adore you Cyd! I don’t even admit my failures, I just post them, and then look at how SAD they look! Sometimes I think I will never get what is in my head into a photograph!

Janey

I’ve glittered a vase, but I mixed the glitter with the modge podge before painting it on. You get a smooth finish.

I love a good fail post. Most of my projects have failure somewhere along the way, so if I didn’t post about them I wouldn’t have much to talk about!

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