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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 SGRAFFITO EGGS - Mom always knows

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    March 10, 2017 at 2:50 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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