I have always loved decorating for Easter and Spring. After the dreary winter months, it’s nice to have some fresh color in the house.
Today I’m sharing a fun Easter craft that can be used to decorate in a large variety of ways. I’m going to teach you how to decoupage eggs with napkins. These decoupaged Easter eggs can be done in any color combination you want and made with or without strings for hanging.
I’ve been wanting to try a decoupage project for several months now. I’ve always thought it looked like an easy way to add color and texture to things, and I was right. It is extremely simple to do and can be used on a large variety of surfaces.
Very simply, decoupaging is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it. Decoupage is an art style that can make any surface attractive with just a simple touch or paper of fabric pieces.
I’m thrilled that I finally got around to using the technique to decorate these floral eggs and since I used plastic eggs, I’ll be able to enjoy them for years to come.
Now let’s get started. you’ll learn how to use Easter napkins for decoupage. You can even add strings to create decoupage egg ornaments.
Supplies for Decoupage Eggs
Eggs – I used plastic eggs but craft eggs or blown out eggs would work too.
Paper Napkins – you could also use tissue paper or thin scrapbook paper.
ModPodge – any type will work, I used the matte finish.
Parchment or waxed paper to protect your work surface.
An egg carton or other item to stand your eggs in while they dry.
Instructions for Making Decoupage Eggs
Step 1 – Prepare the Eggs
If you are planning to hang your Easter eggs, now is the best time to attach the strings. Drill a small hole in the top of your egg that is large enough for the string to feed through.
Double your string and cut it a little longer than you want it to be when you hang it. Tie a knot at the appropriate length. Make sure this knot is thick enough that it won’t pull through your hole. Leave the extra length on the string for now to make it easier to hold onto while you’re getting it positioned.
Thread the loop end through the hole from the inside. Pull it up until the knot is just under the inside of the egg. For some extra stability, put a dab of hot glue inside the egg under the knot and then pull the string tight against it until it sets. Cut off any excess string on the inside.
I used children’s plastic eggs for my base so they were very brightly colored. I didn’t want the bright colors to show through the patterns so I gave my eggs a coat of white paint before starting the decoupage process.
Step 2 – Prepare the Napkins
Separate the napkin layers. It is very important that you are only working with the single printed top layer of the napkin. Most napkins are 2-ply but some have additional layers. The packaging on the napkins will usually tell you the number of plys.
Once you have your napkin to a single layer, there are 2 main ways to get it ready to apply to your eggs. These will each give you a different look so which way you use depends on the look you want and the design of your napkins.
You can cut individual patterns out of your napkin with scissors. If your napkin has a distinct flower or branch, this is usually a great way to go to keep the look of the napkin on your egg. If you choose to go this direction, “fuzzy” cut loosely around your pattern. You don’t want to have any really sharp edges if you can avoid it.
The other way to decoupage with floral napkins is to cover the eggs randomly with pieces of the napkin. This is the method I used since my napkins had an all over floral pattern to them. For this method, gently tear you napkin into about 1-inch squares to be used for the decoupage.
Step 3 – Apply Napkins to Eggs
Brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the surface of the egg and then while wet apply the napkin pieces.
If you are using the cutout pieces, position them the way you want them to look on your egg, leaving as much or as little space between the pieces as you want.
If you are using the torn pieces of napkin, randomly place them around your egg, overlapping the edges to cover the entire egg.
Either way, use your finger to smooth down the napkin until it lies flag. If the Mod Podge doesn’t saturate through the napkin, brush a bit more on the image.
Let the eggs dry completely, I stood my eggs in a POLY egg carton to dry so that they wouldn’t stick to each other. I’m not sure how well this method would work if you had a cardboard egg carton because I would be afraid they would stick to the carton.
Step 4 – Seal the Eggs
Many people skip this step, but I want my eggs to last as long as possible. Once your eggs are dry, brush another layer of Mod Podge all over the egg to completely seal in the napkin pieces. This will create a semi-hard coating on the outside of the napkins that will keep them from catching on things and tearing. Let them dry thoroughly again.
Now, you are ready to enjoy your eggs in your home décor.
Here are some of my eggs on a small Easter tree.
And here are some in a wooden dough bowl that I put on my coffee table. It would look great as part of an Easter tablescape.
This simple DIY project gave me a unique way to create gorgeous eggs for my home. I’m sure I’ll be trying decoupage again soon. Next year, I think I’ll try decoupaging book pages on eggs. Any other ideas you might have, let me know in the comments.
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