Do you love learning how to make DIY projects for accessories and home decor? Would you like to learn how to decoupage Easter eggs and decorative balls?
Learning how to decoupage is really easy. The possibilities for creative projects are endless. Just about anything can be decoupaged and many materials can be used, such as paper and fabric.
Whether it’s for a holiday or every day, simple DIY projects can add color and pattern that fit your style and your budget.
Yes, Spring officially won’t be here for five weeks. Easter comes this year on April 21st. Why not get ready now so you can enjoy all the pretty colors longer?
The idea for the Easter eggs came from several Pinterest sources, but mostly from my friend Yvonne at Stonegable. Her Chinoiserie eggs sparked my desire to make some floral Easter eggs.
I enjoyed her project so much I decided to make some decorative balls for everyday accessories.
I’m sharing this Easter egg DIY project with nine other talented bloggers. Everyone is sharing their version of an Easter egg project. This blog hop is hosted by Janet of A Life of Balance.
Are you joining me from An Uncommon Slice of Suburbia? Then welcome.
Fortunately, the supplies you need for this project are few. I was lucky to have everything I needed on hand.
Do you know how to decoupage? It’s so easy, it may become addictive.
HOW TO DECOUPAGE EASTER EGGS FOR SPRING
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Yvonne used real eggs as the base for her eggs. I went a different route for four reasons.
- I didn’t think I had the patience to prick eggshells and blow out the egg inside.
- Honestly, I envisioned myself breaking more eggshells than not.
- I didn’t know how long the real decoupaged eggshells would last.
- We had fewer than a dozen eggs in our fridge and I hated to waste good eggs for a DIY project.
SUPPLIES FOR DECOUPAGE EASTER EGGS AND BALLS
You only need a few supplies for both projects.
- White Mod Podge~ I used Gloss Luster, but matte would be fine.
- Small sponge brush
- Wax paper
- Cup for water
- Container for Mod Podge
- Decorative napkins in your choice of color and pattern; I love this blue gingham check, this gorgeous tulip watercolor, this beautiful flower garden motif.
- Craft eggs and balls; I thought these white wooden eggs looked the best and were the best buy. This set of 12 3~inch styrofoam balls is what I use.
Fortunately, I found a package of 20 craft eggs at Joann. Although a little pricey at $19.99, I thought it was better to try them than waste real eggs. Fortunately, they were on sale for $11.99.
Unfortunately, these eggs the Joann website right now. They are not Styrofoam and not hard plastic, but somewhere in between. I’m sure that either Styrofoam or wooden eggs would also work fine for this project.
I love to buy pretty or funny napkins on our travels and I had a dozen or so to choose from. For this decoupage project, I chose three floral patterns in pastels to mix.
I also had this beautiful floral pattern.
HOW TO DECOUPAGE EGGS
Step 1 ~ Place a sheet of wax paper on your work surface. You want a material that the Mod Podge and the eggs won’t stick to.
Step 2 ~ Fill a cup with water. This is for your sponge brush when not in use so it won’t dry with the Mod Podge and get stiff.
Step 3 ~ Pour a small amount of ModPodge into a plaster container. I used the same plastic container that I use for paint projects.
Step 4 ~ The next thing you do is separate the front pattern layer of the napkin from the back layer. Napkins may have either two or three layers. Gently separate the back layers from the front one with the pattern. The layers easily come apart. Here’s an example of when I separated one of my blue napkins.
Discard the blank layer(s).
Step 5 ~ Tear your napkins into small pieces.
Step 6 ~ Pour a small amount of Mod Podge into your container.
Step 7 ~ Holding the egg at one end, brush a small area with ModPodge and apply a piece of napkin.
Step 8 ~ Gently press down with your finger to apply the napkin. Continue applying the napkin pieces for about 1/2 of the egg. Set the egg on the wax paper and allow to dry. Repeat with your eggs, letting each section dry before applying the napkin to the other side of the egg. Use more ModPodge to brush on top of the napkin and glue stray parts down.
Let your eye help you decide where to place pieces of napkin, mixing up the patterns as you like.
Step 9 ~ Work about 1/2 to 1/3 of your egg at a time, letting it dry as you go. Repeat with each egg.
Step 10 ~ Add more ModPodge on top of the napkins to smooth any pieces of paper down. Let the eggs dry completely before using them in your decor.
TIP: Wash your hands occasionally to remove any ModPodge build~up.
USING THE DECOUPAGE EGGS AS ACCESSORIES
I used most of my Easter eggs in a medium~size glass apothecary jar for display. I love the pretty colors.
You could also place your eggs in a basket, a nest, a bowl or a lantern.
Want to see some other decoupage projects for spring?
- 3 Ways to Decorate Terra Cotta Pots with Decoupage
- Rescued Tray Gets a Decoupage Makeover
- How to Make a Chinoiserie Style Lamp with Decoupage
HOW TO DECOUPAGE DECORATIVE BALLS.
Now that you know how to decoupage Easter eggs, let’s decoupage some blue eggs and blue balls.
For this project, I chose these napkins. We bought the Cape Cod ones on our trip to Chatham, MA.
No, not this side of the napkin.
This is the pattern I would use.
Since I liked the decoupaged Easter eggs so much, I wanted to repeat the process for something to use now and after Easter while I had the supplies out.
I remembered the Styrofoam balls that I had covered with strips of fabric a few years ago. The fabric was leftover from some outfits I made for my older granddaughter when she was a toddler.
For the decorative balls, I used the 3 patterns of napkins that had blues.
I tore larger pieces of napkins for the Styrofoam balls.
Then I applied the napkins to the balls with the ModPodge in the same way as the Easter eggs. The balls are easier because they are larger.
On some of the balls, I mixed the patterns.
On a few, I used one pattern on a ball.
I liked the bit of yellow on one ball to contrast with all the blue.
DISPLAYING THE DECOUPAGE BLUE BALLS
After all the blue Easter eggs and decorative balls were dry, I placed them and my blue eggs in a pretty blue and white shallow bowl.
I love the mix of color and pattern. The small amount of yellow picks up the yellow in our lamp and the large pillow on the sofa.
After Easter, I will probably move the bowl to our coffee table for spring display.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to decoupage Easter eggs and decorative balls. I imagine I’ll be making more decorative items with ModPodge. It’s easy and lends itself to many surfaces and projects. PIN it so you don’t forget.
Next up on the Easter egg hunt is Jennifer of The Everyday Farmhouse. Enjoy the wood eggs.