Hello, Mod Podge Rocks readers! I’m Christine over at MBC Scrapbooking, your home for digital scrapbooking, paper crafts, fun printables, and tips on documenting your memories.
Today, I’m showing you a fun little Easter project that’s non-scrapbook related…it’s a “just hatched” chick votive with real egg shells (and of course, Mod Podge!).
Because I am a bit of a germ freak, and because my 4-year-old was helping me and I wanted to avoid the salmonella issue, we washed nine (real) egg shells in anti-bacterial soap. When you break the eggs, keep them as intact as you can, and after washing, peel the membranes off. This will make for easier shell crushing later.
Baking the shells at 350 for 15 minutes turned them slightly off-white, and made sure to really sterilize them! I found this tip in a craft magazine a few weeks back.
Crush your shells into tiny pieces, setting one egg aside to place the chick into later.
Coat the entire outside of a small glass votive (this one fits in the palm of my hand, and I used about 8 eggs’ worth of crushed shells) with spray adhesive, and sprinkle the sides with shells.
Once you have a good base of shells, paint a layer of Mod Podge (any type; you just need it to protect the shells from coming off!) over the initial shell covering, and then sprinkle with more shells until the entire votive is covered.
You can put another coat of Mod Podge on top, or keep it natural…I opted for natural, although it’s not as durable…it just depends on the look you want.
Let it dry overnight.
I balled up some Easter grass and trimmed extra grass off the top of the votive for a clean look.
I placed my little chick into the still-intact egg that I set aside the day before, and there you go!
A sweet little “just hatched” decoration to spruce up your spring window view. Thank you so much, Amy, for having me!
I so love little chicks! For another idea like this, visit Amanda’s colorful place holders. They are chick-arific!