EMU SHELL FLOWER VASE
BY KAREN LAWTON
After a long winter we are finally
headed for spring so let’s make a beautiful vase from an emu shell for our
and cleaned emu eggshell
tool such as a Dremel
Coat decoupage glue by Plaid (or Mod Podge gloss)
braid-1/2” wide and ¼” wide
marker or elastics
lengthwise, mark halfway point on eggshell with white grease pencil.
Make another mark 1 ½” above halfway mark towards the top of the
egg. We will be cutting at this
mark and the top portion of the egg will be the base of our vase. I’m a
leftie but hold your pencil and tape measure so it works best for you.
On the very end of the egg, preferably around the blow hole, mark a
circle about the size of a quarter.
you have an egg marker, mark all the way around the egg.
If you don’t have an egg marker, use an elastic band.
With your cutting tool, cut around the line you marked 1 ½” above the
center and also the end piece that you marked.
The smaller piece will be the vase stand and the larger piece will fit
into the hole of the stand.
Randomly tear the tissue paper into small 2” pieces.
your eggshell pieces with decoupage glue and press tissue pieces onto
eggshell, leaving about ½” overlap at the top of each shell piece.
Completely cover both eggshells in this manner and trim so overlap is
even. Paint decoupage glue just
on the inside rim of the eggshell and fold tissue paper and press into glue
on the inside rim of the shell. Paint two additional coats of decoupage glue
to outside of shell pieces but let dry between coats for a nice glossy
Mount the larger eggshell bottom down into the hole of the smaller
eggshell with E-6000 glue. Glue ½”
gold braid around upper and bottom rim of vase.
Glue ¼” braid where upper shell meets the vase stand.
To give our flower bouquet extra sparkle, spray glitter all over and let
dry. Place bouquet into vase.
Karen Lawton is the owner of Elegant