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DIY Decoupage Easter Eggs Tutorial

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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.

Decoupage eggs on candleholders

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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.

Decoupage Easter eggs sitting in dough bowl on table

Feel free to substitute napkins or tissue paper in the tutorial below, as I did in my latest decoupage Easter egg tutorial. 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

Three decoupage Easter eggs on candlesticks

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.

Supplies

Note: For a 6-inch egg, I used 1-2 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ scrapbook paper.

Supplies for making decoupage eggs, including paper mache eggs, Mod Podge and scrapbook paper

Directions

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.

Scrapbook paper torn into strips for decoupage

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.

Applying Mod Podge to cardboard egg

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.

I used the Matte finish, but Mod Podge sells many other varieties like Paper, Pearl or Sparkle.

Tip: I found it helpful to prop up my decoupage egg on an open mason jar while I worked.

Applying Mod Podge and scrapbook paper to paper mache egg with brush

Be sure to overlap your pieces well, but you can always fill in any gaps after your first layer dries.

Layered decoupage with scrapbook paper on paper mache Easter egg

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.

Egg covered with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge

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.

Decoupage Easter eggs sitting on old books

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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  1. What a great idea! I’m a scrapbook paper hoarder, too even though I no longer scrapbook. I also have a ton of plastic Easter eggs! I’ll have to try this. So cute!!

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! Somehow, I can never resist a good scrapbook deal, and then I get home and realize I already have way too much! This is a good way to use it up. I hope you have fun with it!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I wish I could say that I don’t have favorites, but that’s my favorite one, too! 😉 I promise I love all my real kids the same, though.