I love learning how to make DIY projects for accessories and home decor. Recently, I learned 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.
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.
Fortunately, the supplies you need for this project are few. Since shopping at this time is not an option, 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 and Decorative Balls
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.
- I honestly envisioned myself breaking more eggshells than not.
- I didn’t know how long the real decoupage eggshells would last.
- We had fewer than a dozen eggs in our fridge and since eggs at the grocery store are hard to find, 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
- Craft eggs and balls
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, I can’t find them on 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. Discard the blank layer(s). The layers easily come apart. Here’s an example when I separated one of my blue napkins.
Step 5 ~ Then 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 12 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
When my first four Easter eggs were dry, I used them in my breakfast room Easter tablescape.
Then I used the rest 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 or bowl or lantern.
How to Decoupage Decorative Balls
I also wanted some blue eggs and 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.
I liked the decoupaged Easter eggs so much I wanted to repeat the process for something to use 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.
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 eggs and 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.
After all the blue 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 Easer 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.