How To Make Your Own Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs
Guys. It’s almost time. The long night is almost over, and I can barely contain my excitement!
Naturally, I’m going to have a fancy Game of Thrones dinner party, and I’ve been brainstorming different decorations and things I want to have in my apartment for season 8 of GOT.
What Game of Thrones party would be complete without Daenerys’ dragon eggs?
I’ve secretly wanted my own eggs since season one, but I wasn’t quite willing to shell out the dough. If you don’t want to take the time to make your own, you can buy replicas on Amazon. Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal are all still available.
I have this weird thing where I don’t like to buy things I can make on my own, so I started researching ways to make my own eggs. Mine are loosely based off this tutorial, but I changed it and made my own improvements.
To start, here are the items you’ll need:
The number of thumb and quilting tacks are an estimate. That is the exact number I used for my eggs, but I placed the “scales” pretty loosely. You could easily go through more if you are more meticulous and place the scales of your dragon eggs closer together.
All of the items above are linked to Amazon, so you don’t have to search for them. However, you can get some good discounts on these items from Jo-ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels. I’m a bargain hunter, so I encourage you shop around if you have the time.
I started making my own dragon egg with the smaller tacks. I did a couple rows at the bottom of the egg, leaving some space for the styrofoam to poke through. If you look at the Game of Thrones show versions of the eggs, the bottom of the dragon eggs looks like rough stone. I think the styrofoam has the perfect texture for that stone look.
As I moved up the egg, I started using the larger tacks. I think the larger tacks look more like dragon scales, and the mix between the two sizes makes it look more realistic, in my opinion. When you are finished, you should have something that looks like the image above.
Mod podge the crap out of those eggs.
I started by trying to brush the mod podge on, because, you know, it was less messy. However, it was really difficult, and I don’t think it was enough to just use the sponge brush. I ended up propping the dragon eggs up in a shoe box and literally dumping mod podge onto them.
I’d then use the brush to make sure enough of the bottom was covered and move some mod podge onto any uncovered spaces. Let sit for about a half hour, then turn and dump more mod podge on the other half of the egg. Let dry overnight or while you’re at work.
It’s time to paint your creations! This is the fun part, because you can go crazy with your very own dragon eggs. I stuck pretty closely to the colors on the show, but I made some tweaks to fit the descriptions in the Game of Thrones books.
All three of the dragon eggs took two coats of paint. I started with a base color, then added a darker color over top as an accent. The only dragon egg that has a third coat is Viserion’s. I added a metallic gold coat to that specific egg.
A lot of the painting is going with that gut feeling of what you think will look best. You can always go over it and add more paint, too. It took a bit of experimenting on my part to figure out how to make the scales look more realistic to me. I carried this darker top color through the bottom stone part, as well. The sponge brushes give the perfect texture for the paint, especially on the bottom.
After all that work, I wanted to make sure the paint was protected and wouldn’t scrape off easily. I decided on a glossy finish for my Game of Thrones eggs, but matte would also work very nicely. If you’re going for a “dirtier” egg (like the ones in the show), I’d use a matte sealer.
And there you have it! I really like the way these turned out, but I may be a bit biased. I worked on this project after work, and it only took me a few nights to have it 100% completed, so it’s definitely doable if you want to crank these out in time for the season eight premier of Game of Thrones.
Otherwise, we have a full six weeks to embrace the Game of Thrones spirit. I’ll probably have these on prominent display through to the finale. Let me know what you think, or if you have any questions on how to make these eggs, in the comment section below!