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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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  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    That is the most beautiful Easter egg craft I have ever seen I adore the colours. So unique too I want to make one!
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    March 27, 2016 at 6:42 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you Ana – I can imagine how spectacular yours would look with your amazing eye for colour 🙂

      March 28, 2016 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Fran Back With A Bump

    These are so pretty. What a lovely idea. I’ll have to remember this for next year. #howtosunday
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    March 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you Fran, there’s something lovely about the shape of an egg – they always seem so perfect 🙂

      March 28, 2016 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Kerry

    Great idea, and I love the idea of trying it with fabric too as someone suggested in your comments x via #HowtoSundays

    March 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Fabric is a brilliant idea – I’ve got a box full of William Morris samples which I’ve been saving for something, so might try some decoupage with them next!

      March 28, 2016 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Such a sweet idea Sarah, really lovely! I love the idea of something that is easy to do for the kiddos 🙂 H x
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    March 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Harriet, the kids loved making these, and we gave them to their gran and her sister for Easter yesterday and they loved them too 🙂

      March 28, 2016 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Sara Skillington

    What a great way to do decoupage – fun to do and amazingly effective! I have pinned 🙂 Have a great Easter x #HowToSunday
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    March 27, 2016 at 10:51 am
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