Keeping with the spooky, Halloween feel, but a whole lot less creepy, is the Mummy egg. Rather than polarizing, everyone, young and old, seems to like this one.
There’s not a lot to prepare for this one. You’ll need some boggly eyes, some muslin or rough cotton cloth, some coffee and paint.
Cut you cloth into long strips. Get your coffee – instant, espresso, percolated, turkish, doesn’t matter so long as you haven’t added milk. What? You added milk? *Sigh* Drink that, then make another, and this time don’t add milk. Black Tea also works.
Soak your cloth in the brew for a few minutes to let it penetrate. Now rinse and squeeze it out. You should have soggy, bashed up, ‘aged’ cloth.
- Paint your eggs a mustard yellow then, with a sponge, a rough brush or even some tissue, scrape on some green, grey or brown in blotches. Your Mummy has spent a lot of time in a sarcophagus!
- Don’t bother glossing it up: matte texture is fine. It’ll help with the wrapping as well.
- Stick your eyes on just above centre.
- Using craft glue, attach the start of the piece of cloth to the base of the egg.
- Wrap haphazardly. Don’t be shy going in all different directions. If your cloth is too thin, fold it over in half.
- Daub glue on to hold it in places, especially since eggs don’t like to be wrapped up.
- Finish off leaving a trailing bit of bandage.
- Find a proper egg cup to stick it in. I found the ones in the picture from Home – a Maxwell and Williams creation.