There was a family Easter egg competition at my sons’ school, so we thought we’d do four minions, with different expressions (one for each of us). Seemed simple enough as they seem like egg-shaped blobs just asking to be reincarnated into the real thing.
That’s how things usually start (naive optimism)… they usually end with mountains made out of molehills. This was no different – it’ll be no surprise to those who know me that cooking the eggs was the first obstacle. They all cracked – but in the spirit of ‘a bad workman blames his tools’, I’m sure I had a faulty batch. I’d followed directions from my husband to no avail (just for the record, I can boil an egg when crackability is not an issue). Seven cooked eggs later, I had four contenders (as well as some bonus sandwich content).
The next stage was the painting, AKA ‘the fun bit’. What I didn’t bank on is that paint doesn’t stick to eggs – it hadn’t really occurred to me before we’d got the usual array of half-used pre-mixed, water-based poster paints out. Our first attempts ended up in a see-through, watery mess with more paint on our hands than the eggs. However, every problem has a solution…. so, after a bit of huffing, puffing and rummaging, the solution was found: a tin of left-over chalk paint we had knocking around. Boom. I know the discovery of Penicillin is one of the most significant scientific discoveries, but the use of chalk paint in egg decorating should also be up there. Pure magic.
OK, so uncracked eggs cooked, chalk paint discovery made, it was time for decorating. The watery paint was still a bit rubbish, so it took a few coats and lots of waiting, until discovery two: a hairdryer. We were finally on a roll:
By the way, I think the reason the white egg resembles the moon’s surface is because the chalk paint was a bit clumpy. I’m sure with a trip to a DIY shop, it would be smooth as a proverbial baby’s bottom. This however had to do (by this point, time was not on our side). Dressing the Minions was straight forward enough, although to blame my tools again, the dodgy edges are courtesy of a dog-eared paint brush.
After doing the base colour, the rest of the details were drawn on or cut out of paper and stuck on. The dungarees and hair were done with a black felt tip directly onto the eggs. I’d have liked to have had a fine fibre-nibbed pen to tidy the edges, but I didn’t have one, so I just used a pencil instead.
I mentioned that each guy was meant to be one of us. In the end, they were all me – a case of life imitating art you might say:
So, all was well until my youngest came home waxing lyrical about how his teacher had shown the class lots of ideas for how to decorate their eggs. For him, Minions were out, it was all about Ninja Turtles. Sigh. Back to the proverbial drawing board and Google. Turns out that Ninja Turtles are easier than Minions. Why didn’t he speak sooner??… My husband then helpfully said that he had to have four too, otherwise it’d not be fair (cue Minion facial expression number 3 from me…).
After cooking 11 boiled eggs, creating a Minion / Ninja fleet and being subjected to enough egg sandwiches to sink a ship, it’s safe to say that I didn’t want to see or hear about eggs for some time.
…That was until I heard that one of the entries was Egg Sheeran – genius.
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