This is my first tutorial back after getting my eye diagnosis. I wanted to start with something simple. Try making this easy layered Easter Egg mandala. You can even make it extra special with the gold foiled writing on the egg. Use your finished Easter Egg Mandala as a wall hanging or card and scrapbook embellishment.
These eggs look best in pastels for Easter. It is a very simple mandala and therefore can be made as big or small as you need. But if you make it too small the writing won’t look good. Try the top layer first and see. how it works before cutting the other layers.
Paper Selection for Easter Egg Mandala
This project can be made with any paper. The colors for the egg layers in my version are pastels. Patterns would look very weird for everything top layer but foils and glitter paper would work well. If you are doing the writing with a pen or foil, make sure that the writing shows up on the paper for the top layer
Cutting the Easter Egg Mandala
Start with the lowest layer and cut the designs upward in layer. It makes assembly much easier. I also found that it helps to mark a small pencil X on the back of the layer at the top. That way, later, when you are trying to assemble the layers you can tell what is front and back.
Be careful removing the layers from the mat because some of the lines can be thin, the top layer especially. When using the SVG file, remember to follow the directions in the instruction document in the zip file. This helps make the project the right size.
I used the gold foil and the fine foiling tip for Cricut or you can use a pen. If you need help using the foiling tips there is a tutorial here. If you decide to use a pen instead just change the lettering to draw.
Assembling the Easter Egg Mandala
As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom. Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer. Or you can mark the back with a pencil like I mentioned before.
You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue. Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it. And I think it adds some needed dimension to the project.
Once the layers are all together, use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base if you need it.. Frame the piece with a shadowbox frame to give it enough room. If you want to use a regular frame, you should put foam tape between the mat and the glass along the edges to make the frame stick up far enough to give the project room. You can also use the mandala as is for an embellishment on a card or scrapbook page.
And your Simple Easter Egg Mandala is done. Once you are done with this one, you are ready to move on to the more complex mandalas here or create your own.
Fun Facts About the Easter Eggs
- Decorating eggs is an ancient tradition. Archaeologists found fragments of carved ostrich eggs used as drinking vessels from 60,000 years ago in Africa.
- In Germany, people dance with eggs. The egg dance is an Easter tradition in Germany. People put eggs on the floor and dance around them, trying not to break any.
- The world’s biggest Easter egg was more than 34 feet tall. According to Guinness World Records, the chocolate egg weighed 15,873 pounds. It was made in Cortenuova, Italy.
- Before plastic, Easter eggs were made with cardboard. During the 17th and 18th centuries, fillable eggs were made out of cardboard and covered with satin.
- There’s a reason some chocolate eggs look like dinosaur eggs The scaly, crocodile-skin texture you see on many chocolate Easter eggs was developed by German chocolatiers as an easy way to disguise any imperfections.
The most expensive chocolate Easter egg sold for more than $10,000. Weighing in at 110 pounds, the Venezuelan Amedei chocolate egg was decorated with gold flowers and chocolate pieces in unusual flavors like Japanese black vinegar and cassis.
The world’s largest Easter egg hunt consisted of 501,000 eggs. Nearly 10,000 children participated in the hunt, which was held in Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida.