Wondering what to do when the kids are home for the summer? There are plenty of ideas for a variety of projects and games online, but one of our favorites sparks the imagination of fantasy lovers everywhere, whether you’re a kid on summer vacation or an adult sitting down to play a tabletop RPG with friends. This project is relatively simple, but the results are incredibly stunning, and can be personalized with the intended recipient’s favorite colors. If you or your kids love dinosaurs, dragons, and other mythical egg-laying critters, then this craft is for you.
Whether you’re a diehard Harry Potter fan, a Game of Thrones fanatic, or re-reading Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, there are plenty of dragons in our literature, but hardly any really detailed descriptions regarding dragon eggs. This is actually a good thing, since we are free to utilize our imagination and create our own versions of the dragon eggs we’ve read about or watched in everything from Eragon to How to Train Your Dragon.
The free tutorial we found for making your own clutch of dragons eggs has the following materials list:
- Aluminum foil
- Air-dry clay (if you’re making these with kids, the tutorial recommends using a Crayola air-dry clay, but if you’re going for a more artistic look, try using something like La Doll Premier)
- Liquid watercolors (you can also use food coloring)
- Additional items such as sequins, rhinestones, sea glass, beads, etc. (really, anything you think would adorn a dragon’s egg)
- A miniature dragon figurine (if you want to include one so that it can ‘hatch’)
The base begins with aluminum foil. The purpose of the foil is to help retain shape while the decorations are being added to the egg, with the added bonus that it allows for the use of less clay, which means more dragon eggs. After that, press the clay on, and roll around until you get the desired shape. After that, press the decor on and wait for the clay to dry. You may want to consider purchasing or making a basket or other container for the express purpose of a nest. After that, it’s time to show off those fabulous creations!
Ready to make your own batch of dragon eggs? You can find the complete tutorial, along with photos and a link to mermaid eggs, here.