Easter falls quite early this year so it’s time to get the kids involved with some fun Easter themed crafting. This project was inspired by some pretty patterned tissue paper that came wrapped around a clothing purchase a while ago, it reminded me of the lovely designs on Ukrainian Pysanka Eggs. Pysanka eggs require an insane amount of skill to make, so these decoupaged eggs are a fun kid friendly alternative that look super pretty en masse as an Easter Decoration. Don’t be fooled into thinking this project will only appeal to kids, I had just as much fun making them too, in fact, I only stopped because I ran out of bases! All the materials required are very inexpensive, you may even have some laying about already…
You will need:
Styrofoam egg shape (available at craft stores)
Patterned tissue paper (if you don’t have patterned paper, try paper in assorted colours)
PVA craft glue or Mod Podge
Container or bowl for glue
Protected surface and drying space
Damp Cloth (to clean sticky fingers)
1. Gather your supplies.
2. If using PVA glue, squirt a small amount in a plastic container or bowl. Add about a tablespoon of water and mix to thin slightly.
3. Tear up tissue into small pieces about the size of a large coin. If you have patterned paper, try to tear around each motif.
4. Apply a very thin layer of glue to half the egg.
5. Place the pieces of tissue onto the glued surface pressing down lightly.
6. Allow one half to dry and then repeat on other half.
Let the kids have some fun with their design —-> don’t be too precious. Try this project with different colours of tissue paper to make a rainbow of eggs.
Tips for best results:
- A very thin layer of glue is best. It will dry quicker and not soak through paper as much.
- Wipe glue off hands as sticky fingers can tear away tissue paper that hasn’t quite set.
- Work on small sections at a time to give you some glue free area to hold egg.
- Outside on a windy day is not ideal (learned that the hard way. Doh!)
I love how they turned out. You can tell the ones I made from those that Emma made because I’ve been a little more careful with design placement. They look lovely in a bowl and would make a pretty and unobtrusive center piece for at table at Easter. I’ve teamed them here with some past decorative Easter egg projects that use a styrofoam egg base as well – Needle Felted Easter Egg and Fabric Covered Easter Egg
Next time you come across some pretty tissue paper in your shopping bag or wrapped around a gift, don’t throw it away, save it for a craft project like these Decoupage eggs.
Another Easter craft project to try – Bunny Hand Puppet