Fedora and I wanted a wedding that was very “us”, and part of that means a very limited budget. So we’re DIYing our decor and favors- my favorite of which are dragon eggs!
These geeky items are gorgeous, easy to make, and relaxing. If you have flat metal tacks, a styrofoam egg of any size (found in the floral department of your local craft store, usually), and shimmery nail polish, you have a dragon egg. I recommend a prismatic or holographic nail polish for maximum snake-like glisten.
- Gently press your tacks into a foam surface. This is to line them up for painting. You can use foam board, closed and open-cell foam, but don’t use paper or cardboard (the paint will stick to the paper and make a huge mess).
- Paint all of the flat metal tacks with 1-2 coats of nail polish. If it’s a thick polish, like this one, stick with 1 coat. If you can see the metal through one coat, let the first coat dry thoroughly and then paint a second time. If it’s especially thin, you may need a third coat, but it’s less likely.
- After the paint is completely dry, press your starting tack in the center of the bottom of the egg (that’s the fattest end).
- Layer the tacks as “scales”, overlapping the previous one to the left, and the one(s) below it. You’re making a spiral, essentially.
- Try to keep an even overlap as you go. It’s OK if they start looking off-center, or if each row creeps higher on one side. You can adjust as you go to even it out.
- By the end, they’ll look something like this. It’s heftier than you might think, and looks fantastic in direct light.
- Tada! Ready for a nest. Horde optional.
Probably the best part about this is that it’s very zen, focusing on gently pushing each tack into the styrofoam in a pattern. Probably the worst part about this is painstakingly pushing the tacks into rows before painting. And the paint- definitely do this with the windows open (even 5-free nail polish can be stinky).
And there you go- an easy, geeky DIY project, fit for weddings, parties, and gifts.