There are some amazing ideas for decorating Easter eggs (I showcased a few simple but beautiful ideas from the web last week) but I’ve never felt that putting that much effort into something perishable was time well-spent. But then I found out that there are ceramic and styrofoam eggs for just this purpose! Who knew? That sent me running to Hobby Lobby, where I found a dozen styrofoam eggs for under $8. There are a lot of ways to decoupage eggs, but I really liked Parents magazine’s take on the idea. Here’s how I replicated it:
- styrofoam or ceramic eggs
- paper napkins
- paper plate
- 1″ foam brush
- glue or Mod Podge (I used glue, but honestly, Mod Podge would’ve worked better. It has a shinier, more “finished” appearance)
- a couple of rolls of tape (electrical or Scotch)
- Pick out some paper napkins that have motifs you can cut out–nothing too intricate
- Peel the white paper backing from the napkin, then cut out the shapes/flowers/designs you want to glue onto your eggs
- Put some glue or Mod Podge on a paper plate
- Using a foam brush, cover the pointy end of one egg with glue
- Place the cut-outs on the glue and cover with more glue
- Balance uncovered end of egg in the hole of a roll of tape so that it can dry. When it’s dry, repeat the process for the other end.
- Pick napkins that have lots of options. Believe it or not, the flowers for my eggs came from one pattern of napkin.
- The eggs I liked the best were the ones that I decorated with a single motif, either alone or repeating. Here’s a pic of my favorite; it’s just one big flower in the middle of the egg. I also liked the ones where I cut out bunches of the same flower and covered the entire egg with them. This just looked more sophisticated, and less “crafty.”
- You don’t have to cut out the shapes perfectly; white edges blend right into the white background of the egg.