Every once in a while (when time permits), I really enjoy building complex three-dimensional pieces out of just paper and glue, like this Easter egg decor that doubles as a candy dish. But I’ve found that the key to constructing beautiful papercrafts is choosing high-quality and sturdy cardstock as your foundation, like the Curious Metallic Cardstocks from CutCardStock.
I started by assembling my egg shape base out of Curious Metallic Chocolate Cardstock (because all Easter eggs should be chocolate ?) using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. While I used my Silhouette to cut the materials that form the foundation of this piece (an SVG file I purchased from Dreaming Tree), you can also find resources for cutting and assembling similar pieces by hand by doing an internet search for “3D egg template” if you don’t own an electronic cutter.
I wanted the inside of my egg to be smooth and golden, so I cut liners from Curious Translucent Iridescent Gold Cardstock. Although this vellum is quite thick, you’ll still want to use a special vellum adhesive if you don’t want glue marks to show through. I chose to run the pieces through my Xyron Create A Sticker Max…since the adhesive is applied over the entire surface of the liner, no glue marks show through!
I love how smooth and shiny the inside of the eggs came out! FYI – whenever you purchase SVGs from Dreaming Tree (or SVG Cuts), there are wonderful video tutorials to show you how to assemble each piece…it makes projects like this so easy!
Next, decorate the exterior of the egg shape with assorted pattern paper in springtime hues. Liquid glue is always a good choice when adhering paper to a coated cardstock like Curious Metallic Cardstock.
The final assembled egg shape is an impressive 12 inches tall, but I think what really makes the piece pop are the shimmery flowers cascading from top to bottom. I used thin metal dies (Crafter’s Companion) to cut and emboss several 1″ and 2″ flowers from Curious Metallic Virtual Pearl Cardstock and foliage from Curious Metallic Lime Cardstock. Then, I applied pink and blue ink to the centers and edges of the flowers and dark green ink to the underside of the leaves with sponge tools to give the die-cuts shading and dimension.
To make the flowers a little more lifelike, I curled the petals under with my thumb and forefinger and layered some of the smaller flowers on top of the larger ones with a dot of liquid glue. A gold glitter enamel dot sits in the center of each to finish them off.
You can adhere the flowers to the egg base with more liquid glue if desired, but I chose to use hot glue because it works quickly and allows you to apply objects with a little dimension. For example, the large pink flower is able to sit up higher and be tilted precariously on the very tip of the egg.
Add lots of wispy foliage behind the flowers to give the piece tons of movement…and don’t forget to fill the bottom with crinkle fill and goodies!
I hope I’ve inspired you to try out Curious Metallic Cardstocks (they’re on sale this month!) in your next big springtime papercrafting project and thanks so much for stopping by today! Have you ever attempted one of these complicated 3D projects?