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How to Make Decoupage Easter Eggs

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Easter is one of my favorite seasons for crafting and these beautiful decoupage Easter eggs are an easy and fun way to get in the spirit of the season.

I enjoy traditionally dyed Easter eggs also, but these eggs are just more versatile and a lot less messy when it comes down to it. Plus, since they’re made with paper cocktail napkins, you can easily fit them into your home decor and coordinate them to match your other Easter and spring decorations.

The best part is that this simple Easter craft is so easy, really anyone can do it and it requires only a few ingredients to complete. It would be a great craft to do with kids too and they can make it fun by adding in their own fun napkin selections.

Even though they’re somewhat popular, I’ve never made decoupage eggs before and I imagine some of you haven’t either. I thought I’d share a few of my tips to make the process easier for you.

Tips for Making Decoupage Easter Eggs

Use craft eggs.

You can certainly make this craft on real eggs that have been boiled or hollowed out, but I found that using the paper craft eggs was easier and allowed for more longevity with my final product. The paper eggs are just a bit sturdier than the real ones.

Use big craft eggs that separate.

I had two kinds of craft eggs when I started and, through trial and error, I discovered that the jumbo sized, fillable paper eggs worked best for me.

For one, you can separate them and paint them. The opening allows space for your hands to easily hold them. They also dry more easily and don’t get stuck to whatever you’re drying them on when you dry them separately. Finally, having two separate sections allows you to experiment with mixed prints on your final product. You can mix and match your tops and bottoms to make for some really cool looking Easter egg designs!

I purchased them in white, but the brown ones work also. If you purchase brown, you may want to paint them white or cover them in a white paper napkin base before you start decorating with cut out prints.

Put your mod podge on smoothly.

You don’t want your mod podge too thick or clumped up in any locations because it will make your eggs look less uniform, neat, and smooth. Decoupage eggs require several layers of mod podge so try to put it on as thinly and uniformly as possible.

Experiment with different mod podge.

Mod podge comes in a variety of different options: glitter, glossy, and matte just to name a few. I used matte for my eggs, but it would be neat to see how they come up glossy and glittered too!

Let them dry completely.

You may be tempted to display your eggs immediately, but it’s important that you let them dry all the way before you start handling them. You could mess up the paper on the eggs if it’s not completely dry and then you won’t have beautiful decoupage eggs to display.

How to Make Decoupage Easter Eggs

Making decoupage Easter eggs takes only a few ingredients and very little skill.

As long as you have all of the correct materials you will be able to create your own unique looking eggs to decorate your house with and it should take you less than 30 minutes to complete your project.

Materials:

Directions:

  • Separate your napkins. Most of them will have more than one layer and you want just the decorated layer for pasting onto your eggs.
  • Next, if you have two piece craft eggs, separate them as well.
  • If you’re using colored or full print napkins, you will want to cut your napkins into thin, curved strips to make them easier to adhere to the eggs. I cut mine into strips about 1/2 inch thick.
  • If you have napkins with larger designs on them, like flowers, you can cut out the flowers individually to adhere them to your eggs as well.
  • Once your strips and designs are all cut out, it’s time to mod podge the napkins to your eggs.
  • Paint a thin layer of mod podge on your eggs and begin to adhere the strips to the egg shell. You want the strips to overlap slightly so there’s no open, undecorated space, but you don’t want them to overlap so much that the paper is thicker in spots.
  • After you paint a strip on the egg, go over it again with your brush dipped in mod podge so you have a nice even layer over top of the paper napkin too.
  • Cover your entire egg with paper and mod podge and set on a piece of parchment paper to dry.
  • Repeat the process on each of the egg parts you want to decorate.
  • Allow your eggs to dry for at least five hours or overnight to ensure they are ready to be put back together without damage.
  • Once dry, put your eggs back together and use them to create fun Easter and spring related scenes all around your home.

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