How to Decorate a Faberge Egg

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How to Decorate a Faberge Egg
Decorate a cardboard egg with spray paints, rhinestones, gems and beads to style it in a Faberge egg design. (gold pearls image by Marek Kosmal from

Originally created by a man named Peter Carl Faberge and his team of craftsmen, Faberge eggs are intricately detailed pieces that can add interest and make an ornamental decoration for any room. Whether you attach a hook onto the top of the egg and hang it from your Christmas tree, or sit a collection of them on a tray to use as a fancy decoration for a room in your home, you can decorate a cardboard egg and simulate the design of the original Russian Faberge eggs with a few basic materials.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard egg
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Spray lacquer
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Rhinestones, gems and beads
  • Tweezers

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  1. 1

    Spray the egg with spray primer. Primer helps to prepare the surface of the egg for paint by smoothing the surface and ensuring better adhesion for the paint. Allow the paint to dry for a half an hour.

  2. 2

    Spray the egg with spray paint. Colours of burgundy and gold work best, as these hues create the most regal and elegant look, and allow you to best replicate the look of the authentic Russian Faberge eggs. Allow the paint to dry for a half an hour.

  3. 3

    Spray the egg with spray lacquer. This adds a coat of shine or gloss to the egg and creates a similar look to what Peter Faberge's translucent enamelling method achieved: adding a lustrous shine to the surface of the egg. Allow the lacquer to dry for a half an hour.

  4. 4

    Brush glue over the egg on any section you want to add rhinestones, gems or beads.

  5. 5

    Wait a few seconds for the glue to become tacky and place rhinestones, gems or beads on one by one with a pair of tweezers. This allows for more precision than you will have using your fingers alone, and helps you avoid making a mess. Design the egg using precise lines of beads and gemstones along the length of the egg, or you can opt for a more random design. Allow the glue to dry for a half an hour.

Tips and warnings

  • When painting the egg, if you want to use more than one colour on a single egg, hold a separate piece of cardboard or a piece of fabric over the portion of the egg you want left unpainted. This makes it easier to spray over a specific area and get more precise results. Allow each section of paint to dry for 20 minutes to a half hour before moving onto another section.

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