DIY Dragon Eggs

By: Missy Sorg

I am admittedly one of the millions that watches Game of Thrones.  It is one of the shows I go out of my way to watch at or near the time it airs on HBO.  In an effort to apologize before it happens, please be aware that it’s taking all of my power to not turn this into a GoT commentary post.  With that said, I will do my best to keep it on track for purposes of this week’s DIY project.

Admittedly, I’ve seen this project appear in my Facebook feed about a dozen times.  I’ve also seen it on Pinterest, and at some point in one of my DIY e-mail list feeds.  After this week’s GoT episode, it recirculated in my Facebook feed.  I am therefore going to drag you into a bit of a magical place this week.  All I have to say is this:

Dragon. Eggs.

If you’re a GoT fan, your interest may already be piqued.  If you’re not a GoT fan, that’s okay, too.  This project can be applied to a variety of adaptations.  

So, what is it that has my GoT fandom all aflutter?  And, how does it involve dragon eggs?

That’s the easy part!  How about some sparkly DIY dragon egg votive holders?  

I can picture half of you out there reading this going “ooohh” and the other half getting ready to click that little “x” in the corner.  Give me just a moment more of your time, and I promise I’ll get this off the GoT track.  Pinky swear.  

Tada! The picture (via BuzzFeed) shows you the dragon egg candle holder I speak of.  My fellow GoT fans, just sit there and look at the shiny dragon egg for a moment.  My non-GoT friends, let me show you the possibilities:

  • Campfire lighting.
  • Stone path lighting.
  • Jelly beans.

Okay, that last one must be my Christmas brain kicking in already.  But, you get the idea.  These can be more than just “dragon eggs.”

Now that we’ve got everyone on the same page, let’s break down the how-to!

While I’ve seen this project pop up on a few different sites, the instructions are all pretty much the same.  

What You’ll Need:

  • Balloons
  • Concrete Mix (fast set concrete is recommended)
  • Water
  • Funnel
  • Hand Pump (to blow up balloons)
  • Box Cutter
  • Paint

 

Directions:

  1. Mix concrete mix as indicated. 
  2. Using a funnel, fill the deflated balloon with concrete.
  3. Remove the funnel.
  4. Using the hand pump, fill the balloon with air, being careful not to overfill it.
  5. Tie the balloon closed and gently turn the balloon to cover the inside of the balloon with the concrete mix.  Gently sit the balloon down and repeat the process until you have as many as you desire to make.
  6. Approximately every 10-15 minutes for about an hour carefully turn the balloons to evenly spread any remaining wet concrete mix.
  7. Allow balloons to sit for 2-4 hours to ensure the concrete mix has dried.
  8. Using the box cutter, carefully cut the balloon off.  There should be some tiny cracks in the concrete egg.  
  9. Carefully peel away at the cracked areas until you have a hole big enough to fit a candle into.
  10. Pour some more concrete mix into the newly opened egg.
  11. Turn the egg so the concrete mix spreads to cover the entire inside.
  12. Add more concrete to the inside and spread it until the egg reaches a desired thickness.
  13. Set egg aside to dry.
  14. Once dried, paint the inside of the egg with a reflective color – preferably heat resistant. (Suggestions are gold, bronze, or silver.)
  15. Paint the outside any color you prefer, or leave it unpainted.

I’ve seen the eggs with tealights inside of them.  I’ve also seen them empty, and used as a decoration that way.  You could even use it as a candy dish – as long as it is properly sealed with paint and protective coating to ensure there are no toxic contents that could contaminate the candy. 

Original Content: 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineemiller/make-magic-with-these-diy-concrete-dragon-eggs?utm_term=.cj3M2WBkD#.dfkmlk6EP

With regard to where else I've seen it:
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDqcPW7PxXk

Nify Mag: http://nifymag.com/make-magic-with-these-diy-concrete-dragon-eggs/#.WZNhglGGPIU

RPF: https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=192826

Complay: https://www.complay.in/video/creative-videos/