Decoupage Easter Eggs
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Decoupage Easter Eggs

Use your imagination to dream up creative combinations of images, painted backgrounds, and other decorations.

Creating the Craft

What You Need:
Easter Eggs
If the image fits, you can
decoupage it.

  • Empty eggshell mounted on a 1/8-inch-diameter dowel (see next page)
  • Image to decorate the surface of the egg: greeting card, wrapping paper, stationery, or a photocopy of a photograph
  • All-purpose glue
  • Toothpick
  • Damp paper towel or cloth
  • Acrylic paint in colors for the background (optional)
  • Sponge brush
  • Mod Podge, Royal Coat, or any decoupage medium
  • 6-inch square of Styrofoam
  • Small paintbrush
  • Brush-on glitter paint (optional)
  • 1/2-inch-diameter gold findings

Instructions:

1. Using scissors, carefully cut out the image and paste it on the egg using all-purpose glue, cutting into the image to help it lie flat. Press out any wrinkles by gently rolling a round toothpick over the image. Wipe off any excess glue with a damp paper towel or cloth.

2. If desired, paint the background of the image with a wash of acrylic paint; let the paint dry.

3. Using a sponge brush, dab decoupage medium onto the egg. Let the medium dry. Repeat this step twice. Place one end of the dowel into the square of Styrofoam as a base to hold the egg while it dries.

4. If desired, embellish the egg with brush-on glitter paint, using a small paintbrush.

5. When the egg is dry, add finishing touches: Carefully cut off the masking tape, slide the egg off the dowel, and glue a gold finding at each end of the egg to cover the holes.

Emptying an Eggshell

Whether you dye, paint, or decoupage your egg masterpieces, they'll last longer if you blow out the contents and remove the white and yolk, leaving only the shell to decorate.

What You Need:

  • Egg
  • Drill with 1/8-inch bit
  • Sharp cuticle scissors
  • Bowl
  • Ear syringe
  • Soap and water
  • Bleach
  • 1/8-inch-diameter dowel
  • Masking tape

Instructions:

Step 1.

1. Remove the contents of the egg. Make a hole as small as 1/8 inch in each end of a hen's egg. A mini drill (like the Dremel Moto Tool shown in photo) and sharp-pointed cuticle scissors are good tools for keeping the holes small. Work over a bowl. The insides may start draining when you pierce the second opening.


Step 2.

2. Keeping the egg over a bowl or the sink, use an ear syringe to blow air into the egg and force the contents out the opposite hole. Rinse the egg with mild soap, water, and a small amount of bleach.


Step 3.

3. Slip empty eggshell onto a dowel. For decoupage, you want to avoid getting fingerprints on the eggshell, so slide it onto a 1/8-inch-diameter dowel. To prevent the egg from sliding, wrap a small piece of masking tape around the dowel just above and below the egg.

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