HOW TO DECOUPAGE EASTER EGGS WITH TISSUE PAPER
I am in a blue and white kinda mood. And when you are from the Netherlands than Delft Blue China comes to mind. I decided on one more Easter craft for this year. I ventured into the world of decoupage and find out if I could master a new craft technique. See for yourself, did I succeed?
The steps for making Easter eggs out of tissue paper are easy:
- Separate your napkin and only use the very top layer with the pretty design
- Cut out the shapes from your napkins.
- Prepare a non-sticky area where your eggs can dry.
- Apply a thin layer of ModPodge on an area of your egg
- Carefully place your piece of tissue paper
- Smooth it out with your brush and a little bit more ModPodge
- Work on one small area at a time, and let dry
- Repeat until your egg is covered
More Decoupage Tips and Tricks
Some more tips and guidelines in this Easter egg decoupage tutorial.
I used two kind of eggs (because I had them) both turned out the same. I had a set of plastic craft eggs from the craft store and I had a couple of real eggs that had been blown out. Since the end result was the same, and I can’t tell anymore which was which, I would advice buying cheap fake eggs, because they can’t break. They have to be white though. Because that one layer of napkin is so thin it won’t cover any color.
I separated the top layer of the napkin first and then cut out the flowers. If handling that very thin tissue paper is difficult for you, you can also start with the cutting and then separate the layers.
When cutting out the shapes I followed the outline of my flowers roughly. I didn’t fuss and try to get it perfect, but I did try to come close. Working around the leaves and the flowers left me with round pieces with bits sticking out. This was perfect because it was much easier to follow the curves of the egg without too many creases when the edge had ‘gapes’ in it.
I started glueing the slightly larger pieces of tissue paper first, medium sized pieces in the next round and in the final round I filled the holes with small bits of flower or a bit of stem with a leaf.
Try to not use your fingers. My fingers where the worst tool in decoupaging my Easter eggs. They kept sticking to everything.
When glueing the tissue paper to the Easter egg this was my workflow (after having cut out the flowers):
I would start with trying on a piece of tissue paper to see how I it would fit best.
Then I I applied a thin layer of ModPodge to that area.
I placed the bit of tissue on the egg and that was the last time I touched it with my fingers. I used the bristles of my soft craft brush to smooth it onto the egg, taking extra care of the edges.
I used the back of my brush to carefully roll out any creases, the excess ModPodge and press down the edges.
Then I put the egg down to dry. I used some plastic sheet protectors to put my eggs on. The eggs didn’t stick to the plastic and my table didn’t get full of glue.
After having done all the eggs I was working on, I would take a break, go do something else and come back an hour later for the next round.
Working with ModPodge is a sticky affair. I would wash my hands and brush regularly. After a glueing session of course, but also midway sometimes. Whenever my fingers would become a nuisance or the brush wouldn’t glide smoothly anymore I knew it was time for a quick rinse off.
I decoupaged all my eggs over the course of a day. I also got two loads of laundry done, cleaned my floors, went grocery shopping and cooked soup. All in all a productive kind of craft. ?
Decorating with White and Blue Easter Eggs
When you have beautifully decorated Easter eggs then it isn’t hard to come up with some pretty uses for them. You can nestle them in a pretty bowl with torn paper, bits of straw or an a small nest. They will also look nice lined up on egg holders or in a egg serving dish.
If you attach a bit of string you can hang them from a branch (curly willow branches are used here traditionally) or in front of a window.
Please, don’t forget to pin this post to your favorite board on Pinterest to remember it and revisit it in the future!
The potential ways to decorate with your pretty eggs are endless. Have fun with it!