Tuesday, April 3, 2012

decoupage easter egg decor {tutorial}

I know, Easter is this week, but I haven't been able to find a second to put this tutorial together! These fun decoupage Easter eggs have been up on my mantel for a couple of weeks, but in between making and photographing them, my husband and I have been traveling (job interviews--we're in the home stretch!), attending school music programs and scouting banquets, trying to sneak in workouts outside on the trail while the weather is heavenly, and oh yeah, using up at least a couple of hours a day just staring at my little guy! Now that he is constantly smiling, giggling, and carrying on the sweetest conversations, I am getting even less done while the big boys are at school. But I am not going to apologize for that, even if I am not getting as much done as I should. It's the best part of my day, and I know how quickly this baby stage passes.
 

Luckily, these eggs are quick and easy to put together, so you still have time. I'm going to make up a few more for my Easter dinner table centerpiece!


Decoupage Easter Egg Tutorial

Supplies:
*Styrofoam eggs (I found these at JoAnn)
*Patterned papers (or fabric would work)
*Mod Podge or other decoupage medium (I used matte finish)
*Foam brush
*Ribbon, trim, buttons, pearl-head pins, etc.




I started this project similar to the way I did my decoupage bunny last week, but I ran into some problems with both the patterned paper and the Styrofoam eggs and had to tweak my technique. In order to preserve the paper and help it adhere more quickly to the Styrofoam egg, I brushed the Mod Podge directly onto the paper instead of onto the egg.

1. Tear strips of patterned paper about 1" wide. Cover the back of a strip with Mod Podge.
 

2. Place the strip on the egg and press down for a few seconds.
 

3. Flatten the paper by creating small wrinkles. Add another strip, slightly overlapping previous strip. Continue until entire egg is covered with paper.



4. Cover entire egg with a layer of Mod Podge. Smooth out paper and make sure it is completely adhered. Allow to dry.
 

5. Once your egg is dry, you're ready to decorate it with your trims, buttons, and other bling. I took a piece of ruffled ribbon (see tutorial here) and pressed a piece of double-sided craft tape down the middle. 

Remove the tape's backing and press ribbon around the center of the egg.

For this egg I added a button in the middle of the ribbon.

This egg is decorated with a piece of ric rac held in place by pearl-head pins, pressed into the egg. 
 
These eggs would be darling in a bowl as part of a centerpiece or on a wreath, but I wanted to hang them from my frame (that I also used for my Christmas and Valentine's decor!).

6. To hang eggs, cut a length of ribbon and align one end with the top center of an egg. Press a pin into it to secure. That's it!

I hung three eggs in the center of my open frame and added it to my spring mantel decor in my kitchen. I love how bright and cheery it makes the room look!
 


 This post sponsored by First Century Studios.

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4 Responses to “decoupage easter egg decor {tutorial}”

KateS said...

Thank you for showing us your beautiful little project! The eggs are very cute too. :)

able mabel said...

Pretty! They turned out lovey!

Mika said...

You can make larger "eggs" with a balloon, and then pop it when your fabric dries!

Lettie said...

I love your son's shirt! I need one for me.

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