How to make a Decoupaged Easter Egg

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

 

How To Decoupage An Egg

Start by covering a small area of the object with a fairly generous coating of the glue and stick the first piece of paper in place. Paint over the piece again with more glue ensuring all the edges are well stuck down. Continue overlapping the first with the next, and so on, each time coating the stuck down paper with more glue. When dry this coating 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

 
For more Easter Egg craft inspiration check out our  Pretty String Wrapped Eggs and our Sgraffito Decorated Eggs.
 
Easter Egg Decoupage on blown eggs - Easy and fun craft tutorial with step by step instructions . Perfect for both adults and kids

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SGRAFFITO EGGS - Mom always knows March 10, 2017 - 2:50 am

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 19, 2017 - 9:18 am

Thanks for sharing our Sgraffito Eggs, we hope your readers love them 🙂

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Jenny - Monkey and Mouse April 2, 2016 - 8:46 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 3, 2016 - 10:29 pm

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

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Elizabeth March 29, 2016 - 6:42 am

What a great holiday craft activity! Decoupage is so much fun to do too. 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 1, 2016 - 9:50 pm

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

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Helen | Wonderfully Average March 28, 2016 - 2:22 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 8:32 pm

Thanks Helen, it’s great fun, and really easy to do 🙂

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Cliona March 28, 2016 - 11:19 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 8:33 pm

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 🙂

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