At the end of last year, Food Network Magazine approached us about an Easter story they were doing with eggs inspired by all 50 states. They were interested in us creating one for California and my mind went immediately to Palm Springs. Not surprising, huh? We decided to make eggs inspired by our favorite mid-century doors and LOOK how they turned out!!!!! Not gonna lie, you gotta really commit to this project as it’s a lot of detail work but after we submitted it to them for print, we just had to share a tutorial in case you wanted to give it a try!
DIY Palm Springs Easter Eggs
Total Time: One Hour (+ Dry Time)
Craft Eggs (ceramic, cardboard, etc.)
Model Magic Clay
Small Craft Knife
Metallic Silver Gel Pen
1. Using the pencil, decide where you plan to place the door and lightly draw the basic layout onto the egg (the skyline, pathway to the front door, details on the house, grass line etc.)
2. Roll out some of the model magic. Using a small craft knife, cut out a rectangle for the door. Using a toothpick (or any pointed tool), draw lines around the edge of the door. Draw 2 evenly spaced vertical lines down the front of the door and horizontal lines across to create a square pattern.
3. Paint the door light pink.
4. Make the doorknob out of 2 tiny squares of craft paper and a clay. Paint with metallic silver and attach the door knob onto the bottom right corner.
5. For the plants, cut out about 10 skinny leaf shapes per plant (about 1/2 inch long, 20 total) Lightly curl each paper leaf with the end of a paintbrush or pencil. Use a tiny ball of clay as a base for each plant. Place a small amount of glue on the end of the leaves and push them into the ball of clay. Repeat with all 10 leaves till you have the shape you want. Paint and let dry.
6. Paint your egg following the pencil guidelines. The top of the egg blue for the sky, grey for the driveway/pathway, green for the grass.
7. The outdoor wall lights on either side of the door can be drawn with a silver gel pen or painted with a thin brush and then cut out.
8. Arrange and secure the door, plants, and wall lights into place with super glue.
Photos by Jeff Mindell
You can pick up the current issue of Food Network Magazine on stands now to check out the full spread and see our egg in print!!