updated March 2015: Don’t forget to check out the instructional video on our YouTube Channel!
We recently posted this picture of a hollowed out egg covered in origami paper that my mother-in-law, Masako, made for Easter. It seems there are a few folks out there that wanted to get the instructions on how to do this.
We tried recording the steps for our YouTube channel but it came out to more than 15 minutes. No one is going to want to sit through that! Although, it is sweet to watch Bob with his mom. So we will edit that version and have it for you shortly.
In the meantime, here are step by step directions with images for you to try. You can always watch the video too to supplement!
Eggs (White, Large eggs are best)
Small scratch awl (screwdriver with a point)
3 Bowls (preferably all from Miya) – one to catch the egg innards, one small one to hold glue solution and one to hold gloss varnish
Glue Solution – glue diluted with water (1:1 ratio). Elmer’s Glue is fine.
Origami Paper (15cm / 6″ square is best. Again, preferably from Miya…)
2 Brushes – one for the glue and one larger one for coating the egg with varnish gloss
Centimeter/Inch ruler (Take care to note when we use inches and cms for measuring!)
Dura Clear Gloss Varnish (or similar) for coating
1. Take a small scratch awl and tap carefully on the end of the egg. You want to hit hard enough to punch a hole but not too hard that the whole shell will break. It’s a fine line…. Tap, tap on it a few times and it should do the trick.
2. Tap the other side of the egg as well. Make the 2nd hole a little larger.
3. Hold your egg over a bowl and blow into the first hole. If the egg is not coming out easily, take your scratch awl and make the bottom hole a little larger.
4. After you have blown out all of the egg, take a small square of tissue paper (Kleenex) and place over the hole. Brush the glue solution onto the tissue over the egg and brush till it is smoothed out. You can use more glue solution to help make it smooth if necessary. Do the other end as well.
5. While the glue is drying, you can measure out the origami paper. Use the white side of the paper. Measure out 9cm from the edge on both sides, mark a line and then cut along the line so that the paper now measures 9cm x 15 cm.
6. Fold the paper in half lengthwise with the white on the outside. Your paper now measures 4.5cm x 15 cm.
7. Measure 1 cm from the folded edge and make a straight line across the length of the paper. Draw lightly as it will show through the final product if it is too dark.
8. Measure 2 cm from the other side (open edge) and make a straight line across the length of the paper.
9. Measure and mark 1/4″ increments along the line that is 1 cm from the folded end. Make similar 1/4″ increment marks along the 2cm line.
10. You will make 1/4″ incremental marks on the open edge as well but you have to start 1/8″ in. So first mark 1/8″ from the corner and then make 1/4″ incremental marks from there.
11. Connect the 1/4″ marks from the bottom edge line, starting at the 1/8″ start mark and connect them to the 1/4″ marks on the line above it. They will slant slightly.
12. Then connect the rest of the 1/4″ marks so that you complete triangles. It should look like this:
13. Connect the 1/4″ marks from the 1cm line to the 1/4″ marks on the 2cm line
14. Cut along the vertical and slanted lines. Make sure your paper is still folded in half so that you don’t have to repeat all this measuring, marking and cutting on the other side.
When you are done cutting and unfold your paper, it should look like this:
15. Brush some glue solution on one side of the hollowed egg. Place that side on the middle of your paper. Make sure that the tips of the paper (or “teeth”) reach the top and bottom of the egg where you originally made holes.
16. Brush glue on the rest of the egg and wrap the paper gently around it. If the paper is too long, simply cut off the extra paper. Overlapping on the side of the egg will make the final product bumpy. No one likes a bumpy egg.
17. Place more glue on the egg and attach each “tooth” of the paper one by one. You may have to tug gently at the paper in order to get it on smoothly. You can overlap the teeth slightly on top of each other. You want all the points to attach to the top of the egg. Brush on more glue if necessary. Then do the other side.
18. When you are finished gluing down your teeth, use the side of a pencil to gently smooth out any bumps. You may want to add a bit more glue solution to make the paper more pliable.
19. Place your smooth egg on a baker’s rack of a basket to dry. You don’t want to place it on a flat surface or the glue might make it stick and then you will have to do this all over again and there will be much sadness.
20. After the glue is dry, use your larger brush for the varnish gloss. You may need to coat this 2 – 3 times to get it as shiny as you’d like!
Enjoy your pretty eggs!
Here’s a quick view of the paper template:
With the leftover egg yolk and whites, make some yummy tamagoyaki! My friend, Arvind, recommends this video for that: Japanese Omelette