Educator How-To: Make your own Fabergé — ahem, Faux-bergé — egg, complete with a tiny surprise!

Hearing the name “Fabergé” evokes the splendor and extravagance of Imperial Russia. The famous House of Fabergé designed renowned Imperial Easter Eggs for the Romanov family, as well as an array of other practical items for the wealthy patrons of Europe.

Visitors to HMNS can glimpse this grandeur beginning Feb. 1 in a special exhibition from the McFerrin Collection. The exhibit, available with general admission, expands upon the collection exhibited in 2010 and features more than 350 objects, including a newly acquired Kelch egg and a frame that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor.

Make your own Faux-bergé eggs with this simple hands-on activity! Decorate your hinged little works of art and design a special surprise to go inside:

Educator How-To: Making Faux-berge Eggs

Materials:
•    Plastic egg – any size
•    Quick-dry craft glue
•    Old paint brush – to apply glue
•    Glitter in the color/s of your choosing
•    Thick cardboard
•    Scissors
•    Something fun to put inside your egg
•    Fake gems or other sparkles to decorate your creation

Educator How-To: Making Faux-berge Eggs

Procedure:
1.    Cut a circle of cardboard to fit in the bottom half of the egg as a resting spot for your object. (In our case, a very beautiful Glittersaurus rex.)
2.    Apply glitter to one side of the circle and set aside.
3.    Use a small piece of cardboard to create a hinge for your egg. Glue one side of the hinge to each half of the egg and allow to dry well.
4.    Paint your egg with glue and apply glitter liberally. Dry well.
5.    Apply gems or other decorations. Allow to dry.
6.    Insert your cardboard circle into the bottom of your egg. It should fit snugly.
7.    Lastly, put your treasure inside of your Faux-bergé egg.

Educator How-To: Making Faux-berge Eggs

Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision is organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science with the McFerrin Collection.

Support provided by The Wortham Foundation, Inc.