Have you ever heard of the Japanese art of kintsugi? It’s a traditional method of mending broken pottery and ceramics with gold — instead of throwing away or disguising the broken piece, kintsugi highlights the imperfections. I’ve started to see the technique pop up more and more lately, and love not only the look but the idea of embracing the imperfect. With Easter coming up, I couldn’t help but try my hand at decorating eggs in a kintsugi-inspired style.

Kintsuge Easter Eggs

Materials and Tools:

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • Easter egg dye (mixed, in cups)
  • pencil
  • gold nail polish or paint (use edible gold paint, if you plan to eat the eggs)
Kintsuge Easter Eggs

Instructions:

  1. Dye your hard-boiled eggs in solid colors and let dry.
  2. Use a pencil to draw jagged crack lines all over the egg.
  3. Go over the lines with gold nail polish or paint, using a toothpick to apply finer lines if you wish. (Use edible gold paint, if you plan to eat the eggs.) Let dry completely.
Kintsuge Easter Eggs

Dye your hard-boiled eggs in solid colors and let dry. You could also try painting the eggs instead, or painting a subtle pattern onto the egg.

Kintsuge Easter Eggs

Use a pencil to draw jagged crack lines all over the egg. Do an image search for “kintsugi” for reference.

Kintsuge Easter Eggs

Go over the lines with gold nail polish or paint, using a toothpick to apply finer lines if you wish. (Use edible gold paint, if you plan to eat the eggs.) Let dry completely.

Kintsuge Easter Eggs
Kintsuge Easter Eggs

A little bit of gold goes a long way, don’t you think?

Kintsuge Easter Eggs
Kintsuge Easter Eggs

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