If you’re looking for a quick and easy Easter craft project (and an excuse to sound very French), I’ve got just the thing. Say “bonjour” to DIY decoupage Easter eggs! These beauties require few supplies and can serve as a fun activity for the whole family, especially for kids.
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What material is best for decoupage eggs?
You can decoupage with scrapbook paper, photos, napkins, flower petals or any other thin paper-like material. Feel free to substitute napkins in the tutorial below. Just make sure you remove all “plies” of the napkin except the pattern you wish to apply. The other steps will remain the same.
Can I admit I’m a scrapbook paper hoarder? That’s why you’ll find most of my tutorials involve that type of paper.
Tutorial: How to make decoupage eggs
I bought most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby, but you can order the same or similar items from Amazon, which I’ve linked below.
Note: For a 6-inch egg, I used 1-2 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ scrapbook paper.
Since I already had egg forms to start with, I could move straight into decoupage. That meant tearing my scrapbook paper into strips of various sizes.
You’ll want to create pieces that are small enough to mold to the egg’s contours but large enough to display your decoupage pattern. It’s like putting high-rise skinny jeans on your egg…form fitting but full coverage. 😆
My paper pieces were generally 2 to 2.5″ long. If in doubt, start with bigger pieces. You can always downsize later if needed.
There’s no mystery to applying the Mod Podge. My only advice is to apply the glue generously both under and over your strips of paper.
Tip: I found it helpful to prop up my decoupage egg on an open mason jar while I worked.
Be sure to overlap your pieces well, but you can always fill in any gaps after your first layer dries.
After you’ve covered 2/3 of the egg, wait 10-20 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry.
I learned the hard way that if the glue hasn’t dried completely, it’s easy to rip off some of the paper with your fingertips. If that happens to you, have no fear. Take a coffee break and patch up the decoupage egg once the glue dries.
Displaying Decorative Eggs for Easter Decor
The last step is simply finding your favorite way to display your newly decorated eggs. They make the perfect addition to an Easter tablescape, for one. You can also dress up your eggs with ribbon, lace or bling or put them on candlesticks surrounded by Easter decor (see below).
If you want to involve your little ones, try using comic book paper or their own colorful drawings as decoupage material.
I look forward to hearing about your decoupage egg-ventures soon! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
For more DIY Easter decor, check out my recent post on how to make bunny napkin rings. These precious bunnies will make any feast more enjoyable, and they are SO easy to make with my free file downloads!
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