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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.

 

Easter Egg Decoupage - Easy and fun craft tutorial with step by step instructions. Perfect for both adults and kids

 

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.

Easter Egg Decoupage - Easy and fun craft tutorial with step by step instructions. Perfect for both adults and kids

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 - Easy and fun craft tutorial with step by step instructions. Perfect for both adults and kids

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 - Easy and fun craft tutorial with step by step instructions. Perfect for both adults and kids

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.

 

Easter Egg Decoupage - Easy and fun craft tutorial with step by step instructions. Perfect for both adults and kids

Easter Egg Decoupage on blown eggs using pages torn from magazines and glue. Easy, fun craft activity for all the family.

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40 Comments

  • Reply Gina

    These are so cute! I’ve pinned and stumbled because I think that they’d be a great holiday decoration. I love decoupage, but I can’t say that I’ve done it anytime lately. It’s awesome that you’ve linked any and all detailed instructions to do this project. 🙂 I’d love to have a bowl in my living room of these gorgeous eggs.
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    March 26, 2016 at 3:51 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you Gina 🙂 Someone tweeted me yesterday to show me that they had had a go, and it looked like they had used little squares of fabric, and their eggs looked beautiful – so I might try some decoupage with fabric next!

      March 27, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Kathryn

    Very cute. I appreciate the paper hack! My girls would love every step of this project.

    March 26, 2016 at 1:53 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We really enjoyed making ours, Kathryn. Crafting is such a relaxing activity, and such a great way to spend time together. Hope you a having a lovely Easter Weekend x

      March 27, 2016 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Lynn Spencer

    Such pretty and unique Easter eggs…and it’s great that your kids were able to assist you so ably! They will have fond memories of all your crafting.
    Wishing you a lovely Easter weekend.

    Hugs, Lynn

    March 26, 2016 at 12:43 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Lynn, I hope you and your family are having a lovely Easter too :). A lot of the crafts I try with my children, I can remember doing as a little girl – I love the idea that they may one day do the same with their children x

      March 27, 2016 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Jessica

    These are really beautiful! I can definitely see why doing one side at a time helped though.

    March 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Jessica – yes, they do get a bit sticky! Hope you are having a lovely Easter x

      March 27, 2016 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Sadhna Grover

    Wow, what a great idea of taking colourful pictures from the magazine and cut and paste. Very creative job dear.Easter eggs are looking so nice.

    March 25, 2016 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you Sadhna, we try to make our craft projects out of things we already have at home, so that anyone can have a go without going out and spending a load of money 🙂

      March 27, 2016 at 10:30 am
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