Let me show you how to elevate your Easter baskets with this super fun and easy decoupage Easter egg DIY.
This is my first year decorating for Easter and I am excited to add some fun spring touches to our everyday décor. A holiday décor collection isn’t complete without a few DIY or crafty pieces, right?! This is why I decided to upgrade the look of my ordinary plastic eggs with this fun decoupage technique! In this tutorial, I share my best decoupaging tips and tricks with this decoupage Easter egg DIY. You don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate for Easter. This DIY cost me less than $5 to make! It’s similar to my foam pumpkin tutorial. All you need is a few plastic Easter eggs, paper (virtually any kind), and some mod podge.
What is Decoupage?
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colorful paper cutouts onto an object typically in collage form. Basically, decoupage is painting paper onto an object with glue. This decorating technique originated in France in the 17th century as a means of decorating pieces of furniture. Crafting and history 😉
Supplies for your Decoupage Easter Egg DIY
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Paper: scrapbook paper, tissue paper, magazines, or newspaper clippings – avoid thicker paper like cardstock
- Mod Podge – See how you can make your own in step 3
- Paint Brush or Foam Brush – a foam brush will leave a smoother finish while a regular brush will add more texture
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Drying Rack or cardboard box and toothpicks
Instructions for your Decoupage Easter Egg DIY
Step 1: Set up your Decoupage Workspace
My fingers get covered in glue when decoupaging, so I like to set up my workspace before starting. And yes, I did set my crafting station up in the living room. This way I could spend time with Alex watching our shows and craft at the same time. Anyhow.. Start by covering your work area with paper towels or newspaper, then gather the supplies I mentioned above. Since your eggs will be covered in glue, you want to plan out where they will sit to dry before getting started. You want the eggs to be touching the other drying surface as little as possible. I let mine dry on a few glass candle holders (because I had them handy) and a paper towel roll. You can also rest them on toothpicks shoved through an old cardboard box.
Step 2: Cut your Paper
Before the mess begins, start cutting or ripping your paper into small pieces. I would highly suggest cutting enough paper to cover the egg before you start gluing rather than cut as you go. If you are like me, your fingers will be covered in glue which will make cutting difficult. For my eggs, I cut my papers about 2.5 inches long and .5 inches wide. This size was fairly easy to work with, but don’t feel like they have to be exactly the same size. Mine were not! For my eggs, I used scrapbook paper and book pages, but you can use virtually any type of paper including newspaper, tissue paper, or decorative napkins. Get creative! Although I have used cardstock paper on past decoupaging projects, I would suggest a thinner paper for a small project like these eggs.
Step 3: Decoupage
Now it’s time for the fun and messy part! Hold the egg between your index finger and thumb. Your fingers should only be touching the top and bottom of the egg. You won’t cover the top and bottom until the very end. Using your brush, cover about a 1/4 of the egg in mod podge, and place a piece of the paper on top. Brush the piece of paper with an additional layer of mod podge, and then add another piece of paper next to the first one slightly overlapping them. Repeat this process for the entire egg (besides the top and bottom). Let the egg dry to the touch before adding paper to the top and bottom of your egg.
Do I have to use Mod Podge?
No, you don’t have to use mod podge, so don’t waste an unnecessary trip to the store. Elmer’s glue (or any white craft glue) will work just fine for this project! I find that 1 cup of Elmer’s glue mixed with 1/3 cup of water gives me the same consistency and strength as mod podge. Results should be the same.
Step 4: Let Eggs Dry
Let your decorated eggs dry for several hours. To prevent the eggs from sticking, rotate them every so often if possible. Save a few pieces of paper in case your eggs tear or get damaged while drying.
Step 5: Fill in Gaps
Although mod podge dries clear, it’s hard to see gaps while it is wet. As you can see in the above photo, my purple egg is exposed in a few spots on my book page egg. To avoid this, add a few more strips to cover the gaps after your egg dries. Honestly, I will probably leave it as is since I’m not gifting these to anyone (I’m a little more forgiving when I keep my DIYs 😉 ).
Step 6: Add a Top Coat
To seal your project, add an additional protective coat to the entire egg. I recommend one coat for this project, but it’s up to you if you want to add more. You can also top it off with a clear coat spray too.
Step 7: Decorate with Your Eggs
Now it’s time to enjoy your newest DIY by adding them to your Easter vignette (“a vignette is a small grouping of objects that creates a pleasing focal point and “tells a story”..” in other words, a display). These eggs are fun to decorate with and work great as fillers. Try adding them to a basket, jar, lantern, or dough bowl. Or you can stick them on top of a few candle holders or books. If you want to make a banner/garland with your decoupage Easter eggs, hot glue string or twine to the back of your eggs and display them that way.
Show Me your Decoupage Easter Egg
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