How to Decoupage Easter Eggs with Pretty Paper, Bling and More!
OK backstory time! When I was in the third grade we got to decoupage plastic Easter eggs to celebrate the holiday. Beforehand we were asked to scout around for one of those jumbo-sized plastic eggs…They were made by a certain company whose specialty was big plastic eggs that held nylon stockings. If you’re a Millennial and reading this right now you may or may not have heard of them…that’s OK.
Decoupage as an artform is great for kids so get them involved too – so they can get Easter eggs ready for the “big hunt” ! 🐤
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The one I made back in 1987 I wonder how well it has held up? If I ever come across it I’ll take a snapshot and update this post. But anyway, long story short, when we had all collected our big plastic eggs that separated in the middle we decorated them with strips cut from pretty patterned gift wrap, and lavished with a coat of shellac.
I remember my teacher back then telling us that Decoupage was a French word that meant some equivalent of paper art. From then on, I was hooked! I ended up making some more Easter eggs just like it….one time I used pretty pastel foils, another time, I used a coat of glitter-ized glue. I ended up with a full Easter basket at some point!
Do you want to try this too, this Easter season? Great! If you want to go beyond the tradition of egg dying, well guess what, these eggs will be permanent once decorated. Of course, I’m sure I enjoyed doing the dye thing and all, but after the occasion is over, the eggs that are hunted; they probably got thrown away after awhile (or if you’re more resourceful, made into deviled eggs 😁 ) either way, your pretty work is temporary.)
Not these! You just have to get yourself some fake eggs to decorate.
If you can’t locate big plastic eggs – you can usually find the little kind everywhere practically. There are also egg shaped objects made from other materials, e.g Styrofoam. This kind is smooth and will take porous materials like glue fairly easily (unlike the more “grainy” foam I remember from the past)
Now what you need next is some material to use to cover the egg. Going back to my school days, pretty springtime patterned gift wrap works great. Cut it into pieces or strips, which you can then attach using the product of choice with a glue base…Either Mod Podge, which is ready to go out of the bottle, or if you’re pressed for time try my own recipe for it right here.
How to Decoupage Plastic Easter Eggs
Don’t forget, you can always have fun applying decoupage art to the plastic Easter eggs that come in those bright colors we’re all familiar with – Everybody and their brother sells them this time of year and you can sometimes find some that are big enough to decorate (I know they’re usually kind of small – only big enough to put a piece of candy in)
Or you may just have some older ones stashed away somewhere – there’s no better time than now to break them out and upcycle them into something beautiful and sparkly! 🎇 That’s what I’m doing right here.
You don’t have to slather on a ton of pretty paper and glue either! You can let the bright colors show by applying a coat of Mode Podge and some pretty add-in’s, like this:
I combined some decoupage glue with a pinch of glitter and a handful of confetti dots (made with a good ol’ fashioned paper punch.) It was fun; but the dots kind of clumped together a little too much – You could also use pretty metallic sparkles, confetti, and bling – it’ll show through and look really egg-ceptional when the glue dries.
Can you decoupage Easter eggs with tissue paper?
If you can find some in pretty pastel colors, it would work great! Due to the thinness of tissue paper, be prepared for it to appear a shade darker when it hits the glue. More so if the pieces overlap….Try to adjust the amount of glue you use to minimize this.
To make it easier on you, brush the glue onto the egg first (start with small sections as the glue will start drying as it is laid down) and then attach your pieces of gift wrap, tissue paper, foil, etc. It will be a little messy…give it time to dry and set it up somewhere it won’t be disturbed.
At that point, you can apply a second coat of decoupage glue over the overall design, it will give it a nice coat, it will look really nice and glossy (if you choose the kind with a glossy finish – or you can apply satin which will produce a little more shine than matte)
These pretty decorative decoupaged Easter eggs will be a great centerpiece idea! You can arrange them in a basket – put some of that colorful grass in there first, or you can use some of that material used for floral arrangements that’s a light brown color; I’m unsure what it’s called.
You could turn them into ornaments to hang if you can insert a thread into them individually for an egg tree…that’s another fun idea. If you have a cluster of them they would be a great adornment for a front door wreath.
However you choose to display them, you won’t want to hide them….save these for decor and hide the little plastic ones instead. Enjoy your new decoupaged Easter eggs!
🐤 Happy Easter From your friends at Create with Jennifer! 🐰