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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 Yvonne

    More great ideas. These look really fabulous and without spending loads of money 🙂 This is the reason I voted for you in the MAD blog awards 🙂 x
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    March 28, 2016 at 9:48 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you so much for your kind words, and for voting for us, Yvonne 🙂 We try to always use things people have around the house for our tutorials, so that people don’t need to go out and buy a load of stuff to do them!

      March 28, 2016 at 10:34 am
  • Reply maria

    These are really beautiful. I shall be trying these this week. Were the blown eggs strong enough to cope with children being rough?

    March 28, 2016 at 9:12 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      My daughter dropped her egg once on to the table and it didn’t crack. If you were worried you could paint with a layer of glue first and leave to dry – I’d imagine that’d offer some extra protection to the egg – let me know how you all get on!

      March 28, 2016 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    Such a great idea to use pictures from gardening magazines, love the bright colours. Monkey is too little for real eggs so we would have to stick with the polystyrene ones for a little longer! x
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    March 28, 2016 at 9:09 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I’ve got such a pile of magazines that I hold on to, so it’s nice to find a use for them – actually you’ve just triggered off another idea for them, so thanks! The polystyrene ones would be fab for this too, and I think you can buy paper mache ones which remind me of the Cardboard eggs we used to get as kids.

      March 28, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Ickle Pickle

    These look so great – what a lovely craft project. I think Pickle is a little young yet – but I will definitely try this when he is older. Kaz x
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    March 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Kaz, he’ll love it the first time you show him egg blowing – my kids couldn’t believe it!

      March 28, 2016 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Oliver

    These are so cool! It reminds me of Art Attack! 😀

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    March 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Oliver, I love your amazing photos on your site of your travels – you are an amazing photographer!

      March 28, 2016 at 10:44 am
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