Create your own dragon egg with this easy and inexpensive dragon egg art project!

dragon-eggs-post-headerLet’s face it: we’ve all daydreamed about owning our own dragon. The scene in Eragon in which Eragon discovers Saphira’s dragon egg has caused many of us to long to find our own dragon egg.

Thanks to an incredible and easy dragon egg art project, you can now create your own! You choose the size and color and you bring your very own dragon egg to life. The best part: you can create your dragon egg for less than $10 in supplies! It will make a great week night or weekend project and your dragon egg will make a great companion for your Inheritance Cycle books! And who knows, maybe it’ll hatch…

The below images and their captions will outline all of the supplies you will need for the project in addition to each step you’ll want to follow as you bring your dragon egg to life! You can find all of the required crafting items at a local craft store such as Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabrics:

Dragon Egg Supplies

You’ll need: One foam egg (found at your local craft supplies store), at least four packs of regular thumbtacks (roughly 800 thumbtacks), different colors of acrylic paints (your choice – metallic paints will give your egg more of a shine), one final paint color to dry brush over the finished egg (more on that in the instructions below) and a paintbrush. Optional: You may want to use Mod Podge to seal the egg once finished and a pizza box (or any other box) comes in handy to stick the thumbtacks into while you paint them.

Getting started is as easy as unwrapping your supplies, setting up a work station, and placing your first batch of thumbtacks into the box you’ve found! We’ve put together a step-by-step photo series with captions explaining exactly what you’ll need to do in each process.

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Once you’ve placed the first batch of thumbtacks into the box you’re using, you’ll be able to begin the painting process. If you are looking to have a bit of a color variation to your egg (which adds a bit of depth and realism), you’ll want to be sure to paint some of your eggs a lighter shade. In this example, a majority of the thumbtacks are a darker metallic green, whereas a few thumbtacks were painted with a pearlescent lime color to add a bit of variety to the scales on the egg.

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It’s time to start placing the “scales” into the egg! You’ll want to start with the first tack at the very center of the top of the egg. From there, you’ll start placing the scales overlapping each other in a spiral pattern. The photo on the left shows the start of that spiral pattern, which ensures that all of the scales are able to be overlapping as you continue to add to the egg. The photo on the right shows the egg as it progresses with more scales added.

Step Three: Painting more thumbtacks and egg progress

You will need to go through multiple rounds of thumbtack painting in order to cover the entire egg. Depending on how many color variations you want in your egg, you will likely only need to paint the lighter color onto the thumbtacks in the first batch. The rest of the batches can be painted with your darker color. Continue placing the scales into the egg with your spiral pattern process from above.

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The left photo shows the first scales being placed, and the photo on the right shows the bottom of the egg after the final scales were placed! To prevent the styrofoam egg bottom from showing through the small gaps in the scales at the bottom, you may want to apply some paint before placing those final scales. In total, 625 olive scales and 5-10 lime scales were used to cover the entire egg.

The hardest part of creating your dragon egg art will be waiting for the thumbtacks to dry. After you’ve followed the above steps, you’ll have a completed (and fairly heavy!) dragon egg. It’s unbelievable how realistic these dragon eggs can look, especially when you vary the scale colors for “accents”. Metallic paints give the dragon egg the same glimmer you’d expect to see from the dragon eggs found across Alagaesia.

If green isn’t the dragon egg color of your choice (Firnen would be sad!), there are many more options. In the below photos, you can see just how interesting metallic blue, purple, and teal scales can look while combined into one egg! Fooling with more colors, such as a reds and maroons, grey and black, gold, and more can result in even more unique dragon eggs!

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This is another color variation you can utilize to make your egg! You will notice that many more paint colors were used in order to create a substantial amount of variety amongst the scales. This is entirely up to you!

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Once the scales were finished being placed, a final coat of paint was applied to the eggs to give it the sheen seen in the photos. This is entirely optional but will help the eggs shine more vibrantly. An antique gold color paint was dry-brushed onto the green egg. A gunmetal metallic paint was dry-brushed onto the multi-colored egg. Once the paint has fully dried, you may want to consider sealing your egg with a good coat of Mod Podge (not pictured in the above photos).

We’re encouraging all of our visitors to create their own dragon eggs! The Shur’tugal staff will be creating their own and posting the photos. Submit your photos to us through Twitter or Facebook and your egg may be featured on our website. Additionally, in a few weeks we will be asking fans to share their photos on Shur’tugal for a chance to win a signed Inheritance Cycle book!

So… create your own egg, take a picture, and share it with us for a chance to win a signed Inheritance Cycle book!

*Huge thank you to Pellantana on Reddit, who took the time to create this great tutorial!

  • LittleWolfy

    Got one of mine done! This one is Shadow Fang.

    • LittleWolfy

      Not sure if the picture was uploaded.

  • Danielle

    woah! Going outta town today so imma buy the items needed to make a Dragon Egg 😀 This is so exciting Yay!

  • Emily Pettingill

    Please don’t say the winner of the contest yet because I’m making mine today and it’s taking a while. I’m almost done though! My Dragon’s name will be Aiedail (Morning Star in ancient language)! (Please don’t steal name)

  • Olivia Sounders

    Omg I am so doing this. Look out world cuz the mesmerizing Darkveil is about to be born. (Please don’t steal the name or color, I’m already writing a book featuring her.)

  • Leah

    I really do hate to be THAT person, but aren’t these eggs more “Game of Thrones” style than Eragon style? Not to downplay how cool this project is, because it’s freaking sweet, I thought the eggs in Paolini’s novels were supposed to look like large, irregularly shaped stones… Although that would be kind of hard to replicate for less than $14. Anyway, this is a sweet project and I will probably make one because it’s so awesomely badass. But yeah. That.

  • Kelly Palmer

    Here is mine. What shall I call my purple dragon?

    • Nolan Holley

      So awesome, Kelly. Hasn’t Christopher said before that he’d have a purple dragon? Maybe he has a good name 😉

    • Leah

      Amesyth? 😀

  • Kelly Palmer

    Here’s mine. What shall I name my purple dragon?

  • Alex

    Took my time doing it over 2 days but here it is, my little precious one..

    • Nolan Holley

      Cool multi-colors!

  • Medwyn

    Great job! I am totally doing this! Probably a project for next month as I am busy this month! Can’t wait to see other people’s eggs. I want to make an egg for each of the dragons from the Inheritance books.

  • Alex

    Just came back from getting all the stuff to make mine, had a hard time finding the thumbtacks, tried so many stores, but they all had just the little 100 packs so ended up with that. Now to work and let the fun of creation begin!

  • Stump

    I’m making a dark green egg with silver flecks. I hope it looks as awesome as I think it will 😀

  • trepdm

    My dragon egg! Not sure why it loaded on here sideways…but eh. haha
    I’m thinking of making a Shruikan inspired egg next! Ebony, with flecks of icy blue. (:
    Sorry about the comments below. I tried to delete them, but they now say they were posted by a guest. 🙁

    • Nolan Holley

      The Shruikan egg sounds cool! Share it with us if you make it.

    • Absolutely awesome egg! Came out great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Guest

    My dragon egg! Not sure why it loaded on here sideways…but eh. haha
    I’m thinking of making a Shruikan inspired egg next! Ebony, with flecks of icy blue. (:

  • Guest

    My first egg! I’m thinking about doing a Shruikan inspired egg neck. Ebony with flecks of icy blue. (:

    • Nolan Holley

      Oh that sounds cool! Share it with us if you make it 🙂

  • Dee O’Bray

    I can’t wait to make these, all my other projects just got put on hold! I think I will get some metallic craft spray paint though, not sure I could sit and paint them all by hand.

    • Spray paint is a good idea! Let us know how it works out.

      • Dee O’Bray

        Will do when I can find the foam egg things some where haha

    • Nolan Holley

      I think spray paint would work great! And you could easily repaint them or choose from lots of colors.

  • Evanescent-Killjoy

    This is a great idea I’m defiantly going to try this once i finish with my other art projects.
    but if i did made one or probably a whole bunch i would do few more things to prevent the paint from sliding off or Chipping and may be even help pain try a little faster.

    Paint doesn’t like sticking to smooth surfaces so it might be helpful to lightly sand down the thumb tacks so the paint has something to grip to.

    Also to give paint a better surface to stick to cause acrylic paint dosn’t like sticking to metal much, i would paint them with a gesso a type of textured primer it will give it a rougher surface that the paint will stick to much easier.
    you might need to do a few coats depending on how thick you do them and then may be even sand the gesso very very lightly to smooth it out a bit.(not sure if its necessary and the texture might add a nice effect)

    Gesso comes in white and black but i would personally get the white one and then paint it black if i needed to or leave the white depending on what colour i was doing for the overall egg.

    For example black makes metallic colours like silver and gold pop where is white makes reds and blues and bright colours stand out. (do some experimenting and research to figure out what you like best)

    you could also play around with finishes like painting them all black and sticking all on the egg and then get a paper towel or a bit of scrap cloth and putting silver paint on it and rubbing it on the the egg and wiping it of which will leave you with a metal looking type egg.

    Once your finished painting it might also be helpful to use a sealer/ varnish to add shine and further prevent the paint from chipping.

    Sorry if this is confusing or too complicated but this is basically how i would do it to make the paint last a little longer. but if they are just going to sit on a shelf you may not need to do all the extra things i mentioned.
    Cant wait to try it out.

    • Nolan Holley

      Thanks for the tips!

      • Evanescent-Killjoy

        No Problem.

  • Kelly Palmer

    I love this project! It will look fantastic on a bookcase with my collection of various editions. 🙂

  • Ashley Winters

    So you have to individual paint each thumbtack, which means 800 of them?

    • The egg takes about 600 thumbtacks, and you’ll see in the photo that you push them into a box and paint 50-100 all at once. Not nearly as time consuming as it sounds.

      • Ashley Winters

        Okay. That makes sense. Time to get to work!!