Eggs decorated with cut paper in floral motifs or pastel colors are perfect Easter decorations for your holiday home.
Easter Egg Decoration Decoupage Technique
Decoupage is a decorating technique in which cut paper is applied to a smooth surface, in this case, an egg. The paper can be applied in bands, strips for a colorful striped effect or applied over a colored egg in a decal effect, or placed in over-lapping cutouts that crate an all-over pattern.
Egg Types for Decoupage Easter Eggs
Use any of the following eggs for the basis of your cut paper decorated eggs:
- Ostrich eggs – these are ivory in color possess a noticeable texture. Ostrich eggs are available in specialty stores and over the internet.
- Goose eggs – These eggs are smaller than ostrich eggs, but larger than chicken eggs. These eggs are white and are usually available only in the first half of the year. Goose eggs can be dirty, and may need to be washed (carefully!) with a scouring pad.
- Duck eggs – these eggs have smooth shells and are about the same size as chicken eggs, but not as fragile.
- Chicken eggs – the color of these eggs can range from white to pink to brown depending upon the breed of the bird and its diet. Choose eggs in a pleasing shape with a smooth shell.
Materials for Decoupage Easter Eggs
- Wrapping paper with small scale floral or other patterns
- Dressmakers (cloth) measuring tape
- T-square, ruler, or other tool for creating parallel lines
- Clear & colored varnish
- Paint brushes – bristle & sponge types
- Tapestry needle
- Craft glue and water (2parts water, 1 part glue)
How to Prepare Eggs for Decoupage
- Wash eggs gently with bar soap, water and a soft brush or a sponge with a scrubbie pad if necessary. If stains do not come off, soak egg in water/vinegar solution for 15-20 minutes.
- Empty eggs – to empty the eggs; provide a blow hole on the top and a drainage hole on the bottom. These work better when they are aligned, so use your dressmaker’s tape and pencil to locate exact center of top and bottom of egg.
- Make hole – use the tapestry needle to create holes as marked.
- Blow out the contents – holding the egg over a bowl, gently and patiently blow into the top hole.
- Keep yourself fortified! Consider using the contents of the egg shells to make a batch of cookies to enjoy while you’re decorating your eggs!
- Rinse the egg thoroughly – gently but thoroughly rinse in a solution of warm water and vinegar (8 parts vinegar to 28 parts water) to prevent mold. Soak for at least ½ hour, and allow to dry completely before decorating.
How to Decorate Eggs with Cut Paper Decoupage
- Decals – paint egg desired color with tinted varnish. Allow to dry completely, then apply cut paper blossoms to egg with craft glue and paint brush in desired locations.
- Decoupage all over pattern – cut flowers or other shapes from wrapping paper spread glue mixture on egg, and apply as overlapping pieces. Allow to dry and finish with 2 or more coats of varnish.
- Decoupage Stripes – use t-square or other drawing aid to create parallel strip 1/8” to 1’4” wide. Place your measuring tape at the top, and draw a guide line to the bottom hole. Apply glue to the egg, and place the edge of the first stripe along the guide line, from the top hole to the bottom hole. Apply the next strip, and repeat until the egg is covered. Finish with two or more coats of varnish.
Decoupage Easter eggs are individual works of art to decorate your home and, when handled gently, will be a beautiful part of your Easter decorating year after year.