Unleash your creativity with our DIY dragon eggs tutorial! This kid-friendly craft transforms beads and air-dry clay into fantasy-like treasures, perfect for any adventurer’s collection.

How to make dragon eggs from air-dry clay. Beautiful fantasy craft for kids. Fun project for Easter and all year round!

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What would dragon eggs look like? After reading Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones, I couldn’t help but wonder about this question. Last Easter, my son voiced the question as well, and after a short family discussion, we decided that they must be encrusted with jewels and precious stones from the dragon’s treasury. Of course, after that lively conversation, we needed to try and see how it might look in real life.

We’re very fond of dragons here. We’ve made dragon paper dolls, dragon puppets, and a dragon drawing prompt/colouring page.

Now it is time for DIY dragon eggs.

Materials for DIY Dragon Eggs

If you want to make dragon eggs, you’ll need:

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Later, we made mermaid eggs using the same technique, and I filmed the process. Check this tutorial to find it!

How to Make Fantasy Dragon Eggs

How to make dragon eggs from air-dry clay. Preparing clay.

Step 1: Prepare Clay

You can either buy coloured air-dry clay or tint white/natural clay with watercolours or food colouring. For uniform colour, mix a few drops of paint into the clay before sculpting. You can also sculpt with the clay’s original colour and paint the surface after it dries, adding more colour for depth.

Step 2: Make the Base

Form aluminum foil into an egg shape to serve as the base. It serves two reasons. First of all, it conserves clay. Most importantly, though, it provides a solid core, preventing the egg from losing its shape when adding decorations. If you’re making a surprise egg, wrap a miniature toy or trinket in foil at this stage.

You can read more about making surprise eggs in my post about creating a dinosaur egg hunt.

Step 3: Cover the Base with Clay

Start building the clay layer. It needs to be at least 1/2″ deep so that you have enough depth to push beads into the clay. Roll it into a circle, then wrap the aluminum egg in it. Cover the opening last.

Air-dry clay usually takes about 24 hours to dry, depending on ambient humidity and the thickness of the layer, so you don’t need to hurry. But if you feel like the surface is getting too dry, you can add water. If you need to pause, put your work and any leftover clay into a zip-lock bag with a few drops of water.

You can also use a brush with water to smooth the surface when doing final touches.

Step 4: Insert the Beads, Jewels, Etc.

How to make dragon eggs from air-dry clay. Beads, jewels and seashells.

Collect beads, jewels, seashells, and other pieces you’ll use for decorating. In addition to acrylic beads, we used beach glass and seashells. After all, there can be all different kinds of fantasy dragons—a sea dragon or a mermaid dragon! Strings of imitation pearls also worked well for our eggs.

If you push beads and seashells deep enough into clay, they will stick and stay until the clay dries up. My son was three when we made the eggs, and he didn’t have a problem with jamming those stones right in.

How to make dragon eggs from air-dry clay. Decorating eggs.

When it came to making eggs with seashells, some were too big to stick. We used the bigger shells as stamps instead and added some texture to the clay.

Step 5: Let the Eggs Dry.

Usually, 24 hours is enough. If you forget yours for longer, it isn’t a problem. They can be done at this point. This is how ours looked.

How to make dragon eggs from air-dry clay. Finished eggs,

Step 6 (Optional): Accentuate Texture with More Paint

As I mentioned in the beginning, you can work with white clay out of the bag and add colour in the end. We stained our clay but wanted to add more texture with watercolours. We tried different brush strokes, but my favourite was the texture created by dabbing the clay surface with the tip of the brush to create an uneven polka-dot look.

How to make dragon eggs from air-dry clay. Beautiful fantasy craft for kids. Fun project for Easter and all year round!

We are not sure what chance we have of hatching a dragon, but we have done our best to create convincing eggs!

What to Do Afterwards?

Try Dragon Egg Variations: Try different colour schemes and textures for various types of dragons, such as a fiery red and orange egg for a fire dragon or a cool blue and silver egg for an ice dragon.

Explore Display Ideas: Think of creative ways to display the finished dragon eggs, such as in a nest made from twigs and moss, on a decorative stand, or as part of a larger fantasy-themed centrepiece.

Go on a Dragon Egg Hunt: Organize a dragon egg hunt as a fun activity for a themed party or family event. Hide the eggs around the house or yard and provide clues or riddles for participants to solve. The eggs can be prizes – or there can be an extra prize inside the eggs!

DIY Dragon Egg Card

Want a card with simple instructions for when you make the craft? You can print the one below!

How to Make Dragon Eggs

How to Make Dragon Eggs

Active Time: 30 minutes
Drying Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes


  • aluminum foil
  • air-dry clay
  • liquid watercolours or food colouring
  • acrylic beads, jewels and stones; seashells, beach glass and rocks; anything else that might embellish a dragon's egg


  1. (Optional) If you are using a coloured clay, skip to step 2. If you are using a white clay, you may want to stain it by mixing with liquid watercolours or food colouring.
  2. Roll aluminum foil into a ball/egg.
  3. Cover the aluminum ball with clay and sculpt it into an egg form.
  4. Decorate with beads, jewels, and seashells by pushing them into clay.
  5. Let the eggs dry for about 24 hours.
  6. (Optional) At this point, you can paint them again.

If you make dragon eggs, please, share your pictures with us on our Instagram or Facebook pages!

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I love painting eggs! We made these dragon eggs together with my son when he was three, so I recommend it as a very easy and kid-friendly craft. When he was two, we made space eggs. And Harry Potter eggs were simply one of my favourites. Plus, they go along well with the dragon theme.

Have fun crafting our DIY dragon eggs!

How to make dragon eggs from air-dry clay. Beautiful fantasy craft for kids. Fun project for Easter and all year round!
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