Easter Egg Decoupage

Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper on to it, and then sealing the finished product in layers of varnish until the cut out appearance vanishes altogether. Craftsmen in the past have combined this technique with specialist paints and finishes such as gold leaf to produce really beautiful works of art.


Finished Easter Egg Decoupage


Although I can not promise that our works of art will end up in a museum in a couple of hundred years, it is really easy to use the concept of decoupage at home to decorate objects, and it is a great activity to do with the kids. In the past we have used Autumn Leaves to decoupage, today we decided to use the technique for an Easter craft.

The eggs we used have been blown to remove their contents, it's great fun and full instructions can be found here. Alternatively, I am sure that the polystyrene or paper mache eggs that you buy in craft shops, would work just as well. Traditional decoupage paper is thin, which does give a lovely smooth finish, however we wanted to use something that everyone would have at home, so simply tore a few colourful pictures out of magazines, and cut them into little pieces. Likewise, although there are lots of specialist decoupage glues on the market, we find that we get perfectly good results in our craft projects by using traditional PVA glue.

Select paper for decoupage easter eggs

Easter Egg Decoupage - cut paper into little peices

We started by covering a small area of the object with a fairly generous coating of the glue and stuck the first piece of cut paper in place. We then painted over that piece again with more glue ensuring all the edges were well stuck down. We continued, overlapping the first with the next, and so on, each time coating the stuck down paper with more glue - when dry this gives the finished object the 'varnished look' as well as protecting it.


Easter Egg Decoupage - start sticking paper to egg

Due to their shape, we found it easier to cover one half of our eggs, and then leave them to dry, before turning over and completing the other half.


Easter Egg Decoupage - leave to dry

Once your project is completely dry you can coat it with a clear water-based varnish - the more coats you add the more authentic your work of art will look and the more robust it will be. We made ours as presents, they will be going in little baskets along with some of our Home made Bath Fizzes.


Pretty Easter Egg Decoupage

Easter Egg Decoupage - Easy step by step instructions

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  • Reply Jenny - Monkey and Mouse

    They are lovely! Great idea to upcycle the magazines, I do love decoupage on all sorts of items. I bet the recipients loved them and your bath fizzies. Thanks so much for linking and sharing on #HowtoSunday :) x
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    April 2, 2016 at 8:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They did, thanks Jenny. Decoupage is such fun. Thanks for having us on #HowtoSunday xx

      April 3, 2016 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    What a great holiday craft activity! Decoupage is so much fun to do too. :)
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    March 29, 2016 at 6:42 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is great fun, and it’s easy to adapt it to things you have around the house :)

      April 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Helen | Wonderfully Average

    These look great! We painted our eggs this year but I think we’ll have to try this in the future!

    March 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Cliona

    This is a brilliant idea – we have dyed and painted eggs but never tried this. It’s definitely on the list for next year. I have done some decoupage, I think it looks very pretty when it’s finished and varnished. It can be a bit fiddly but worth it for sure.
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    March 28, 2016 at 11:19 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Ours is pretty rough and ready decoupage, Cliona. Some people really do produce the most amazing pieces – but we had lots of fun doing it :)

      March 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm
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