How to Make Decoupage Easter Eggs With Paper Napkins

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Make this Easter unforgettable with this easy step by step guide to decoupage Easter eggs. Transform ordinary eggs into extraordinary works of art using paper napkins.

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I’m not sure if I’ve told you this before but I do not like hard boiled eggs. 

I have not liked them since childhood. For some reason, I’ve never been able to get past the sulfur smell that fills the kitchen when eggs are boiled in water (I won’t get into my thoughts on eating hard boiled eggs either). 

Needless to say, dyed Easter eggs are not something we did in our house very often when our kids were younger.

However, I did find a fun way to still enjoy Easter egg decor without the stinky odors or the messy dyes…decoupaged Easter eggs! 

With just a few simple supplies and a little imagination, you can turn any kind of egg (wooden, plastic, foam) into egg-xtraordinary works of art.

I’ll show you how!

Decoupage Easter eggs made with paper napkins and Mod Podge.

What is decoupage?

When I was crafting these Easter eggs, Mr. ERH walked in and asked me what I was doing. I said, “Decoupaging Easter eggs.” He was like, what???!!! 

So, if you’re like Mr. ERH and are not familiar with the art of decoupage is a simple craft that involves decorating surfaces by layering and adhering materials like paper, fabric, or even tissue paper onto an object. 

The term decoupage comes from the French word “decouper,” meaning to cut out. 

The process typically involves using a specialized decoupage glue, such as Mod Podge, to adhere the material to the surface. 

Once dried and sealed, the result is a layered and textured, personalized work of art. 

What kind of eggs can I use for this Easter craft?

The great thing about creating your own DIY decoupage Easter eggs is the versatility you have in the materials you decide to use.

And that includes the eggs!

DIY decoupage Easter eggs is a simple craft for the Easter holiday.

Here are a few egg options that you can use for this Easter decoupage project:

  • Real Eggs (Boiled or Blown): A classic choice that provides a traditional touch to your Easter decorations. You can use either boiled eggs (which will only last a short time) or blown eggs for a longer lasting craft.
  • Plastic Eggs: These are a great, cheap alternative. Plastic eggs are inexpensive and readily available almost anywhere.
  • Wood Eggs: Wooden eggs are easy to work with and provide a sturdy base for your decoupage design.
  • Foam Eggs: These eggs are lightweight and easy to manipulate. They come in various sizes and can easily be found at Hobby Lobby or your local craft store. I used these eggs for this DIY craft.
  • Paper Mache Eggs: Made from paper pulp or layers of paper, paper cache eggs are lightweight and provide a textured surface perfect for decoupage.

Don’t forget to use those Easter eggs you have storage! This Easter craft is a great way to reuse and repurpose Easter decor you might not love anymore. 

Note: If the eggs you decide to decoupage are brown, brightly colored, or patterned; you’ll want to consider painting them with white paint first. This step ensures that the color of the egg won’t interfere with the final decoupage design.

Materials You’ll Need to Decoupage Easter Eggs

Before beginning your decoupage craft, gather the following supplies:

You'll need foam eggs, paper napkins, and decoupage glue to make this simple Easter craft.
  • Foam Easter Eggs: The foundation of your Easter decoupage project. I loved these eggs that I used. They were inexpensive for a pack of 12, resemble real eggs, and were easy & lightweight to work with.
  • Easter Themed Paper Napkins: Bunnies, flowers, and pastel patterns are the perfect paper napkin choices to bring a touch of charm to your Easter eggs. The paper napkins I used for this spring DIY are out of stock, however these Easter napkins are an adorable option.
  • Bottle of Mod Podge: Mod Podge adheres the paper napkin designs to your eggs and seals and protects the finished product.
  • Small Paintbrush: The tool you’ll use for applying the Mod Podge, smoothing out napkin cutouts, and ensuring a flawless finish.
  • Scissors: A pair of sharp scissors is essential to cut out the shapes from the paper napkins.
  • Wire Rack: You’ll need a place to put the decoupaged eggs while they dry.

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How to Decoupage Easter Eggs With Paper Napkins

This easy tutorial will guide you through the process of transforming ordinary eggs into beautiful Easter Eggs using the art of decoupage.

Choose & Prepare Your Napkins

One of the best (and most fun) parts of this DIY is selecting the paper napkin for your eggs! 

The sky is the limit when it comes to the napkins you can use for this project. For Easter, you may want to choose napkins with bunnies, flowers, or pastel patterns. 

Easter paper napkins for a simple DIY to decorate your home for spring.

Once you’ve chosen your napkin, separate the layers of the napkin by gently pulling them apart, keeping only the top layer with the printed design. 

The ply of the napkins I used was so thin, I didn’t realize there was 2 layers. So some of my decoupaged eggs have both layers of the napkin. Don’t worry if you make the same mistake, it just might make decoupaging the eggs a little more messy. 

Finally, cut out the individual shapes or patterns, leaving a small border around each piece. I find that small pieces of paper napkins are easier to work with. 

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Decoupage the Eggs

Decoupaging is easiest when you work in small sections. 

With a small paintbrush, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the egg’s surface about the size of the napkin cutout you’ll be applying. 

Cut out shapes from the paper napkin and glue them to the egg with Mod Podge.

Carefully place the napkin cutout onto the egg, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles with the paintbrush, then apply another thin coat of Mod Podge on top of the napkin cutout.

Work gently so you don’t tear or rip the napkin from the egg. Don’t worry if there are wrinkles in the napkin, it’ll add to the beauty and texture of the finished decoupage egg.

Mod Podge easter egg craft with foam eggs, paper napkins, and a decoupage medium.

Continue adding pieces, layer by layer, until the entire egg is fully covered in a beautiful collage of designs. 

Allow The Decoupaged Easter Eggs to Dry

Once your eggs are fully covered with the decoupaged napkin, allow them to dry completely.

I found placing the eggs on a wire rack was helpful. I flipped the eggs a couple of times to prevent them from sticking to the rack and to allow each side of the egg to fully dry.

Easter bunny decoupaged eggs for charming Easter home decor.

Your decoupaged eggs should be fully dry and ready for displaying within 1-2 hours.


Tips

  • Make sure the surfaces of your eggs are smooth and clean before applying decoupage.
  • Carefully separate the layers of the paper napkins and use only the top, printed layer.
  • Work in small sections when applying the glue. This is the easiest way to prevent it from drying too quickly, allowing you to carefully position and smooth out the napkin without rushing.
  • Use a small paintbrush to apply the Mod Podge. It works best for smoothing out the napkin shapes, and removing wrinkles & air bubbles.
  • Have a pack of wet wipes or a damp cloth nearby to quickly wipe off any excess glue from your hands or surfaces.
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Can you decoupage Easter eggs with other materials besides paper napkins?

Paper napkins are a popular choice for decoupaging Easter eggs, however you can experiment with other materials to achieve different textures and looks.

  • Fabric: Thin, lightweight, leftover fabric scraps or cutouts can be used for decoupaging. Just like with paper napkins, apply Mod Podge to adhere the fabric squares to the egg’s surface.
  • Tissue Paper: Tissue paper works well for decoupage. Crinkle it for a textured effect or use it flat for a smoother finish.
  • Decorative Paper: Choose decorative paper, such as scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even old maps. 
  • Lace or Doilies: For a touch of elegance, use small pieces of lace or doilies.
  • Book Pages: Repurpose old book pages or select pages with interesting text or Easter illustrations.

FAQs: Decoupage Easter Eggs

Can you decoupage plastic eggs? Yes! Plastic eggs are excellent for decoupage because they are easy to find and inexpensive. The flexibility and durability of plastic eggs makes them a versatile option for creating beautiful decoupage Easter decorations.

Can I use regular or craft glue instead of Mod Podge when decoupaging Easter eggs? I would not. Mod Podge is specially formulated for decoupage projects, providing better adhesion, durability, along with a clear finish. Stick to Mod Podge or a decoupage glue for the best results when crafting these Easter eggs.

How can I make sure that if I use colored eggs, the colors don’t bleed through the napkin? If you’re using colored eggs, you’ll want to paint them white before decoupaging. The white background will help prevent the underlying color from seeping through to the final appearance of your decorated egg.

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How long will decoupage Easter eggs last for?

How long your decoupage Easter eggs will last, ultimately depends on the type of egg you use.

If you decoupage hard boiled eggs, they will only last up to a week or so in the refrigerator.

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However, if you use plastic, foam, or wood eggs; they can last for several years. Exposure to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, or excessive moisture can affect their durability.

To extend their lifespan, store decoupage eggs in a cool, dry place and handle them with care to prevent scratches or damage.

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