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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maria March 28, 2016 - 9:12 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:39 am

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!

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Mudpie Fridays March 28, 2016 - 9:09 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:41 am

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.

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Yvonne March 28, 2016 - 9:48 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:34 am

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!

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Ickle Pickle March 27, 2016 - 9:02 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:42 am

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

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Oliver March 27, 2016 - 8:10 pm

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

Oliver • http://suedeandsymphony.com

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:44 am

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

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Ana De- Jesus March 27, 2016 - 6:42 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:44 am

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

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Fran Back With A Bump March 27, 2016 - 6:08 pm

These are so pretty. What a lovely idea. I’ll have to remember this for next year. #howtosunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:46 am

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

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Kerry March 27, 2016 - 4:25 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:48 am

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!

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Harriet from Toby & Roo March 27, 2016 - 2:10 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:49 am

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 🙂

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Sara Skillington March 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2016 - 10:50 am

Thanks Sara, and thanks for pinning. Hope you all had a Fab Easter too xx

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Gina March 26, 2016 - 3:51 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 27, 2016 - 10:23 am

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!

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Kathryn March 26, 2016 - 1:53 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 27, 2016 - 10:25 am

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

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Lynn Spencer March 26, 2016 - 12:43 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 27, 2016 - 10:27 am

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

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Jessica March 25, 2016 - 10:54 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 27, 2016 - 10:28 am

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

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Sadhna Grover March 25, 2016 - 9:20 pm

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.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 27, 2016 - 10:30 am

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 🙂

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