Newly wed and PCS’ing often the last few years resulted in several of our prized possessions living permanently in storage. Included among the towering boxes are all of my treasured Easter decorations that I have saved from my childhood. Baskets, figurines, music boxes, snow globes and a huge porcelain Easter Rabbit with basket. Because I already own these decorations, I am always hesitant to buy anything to fill in the gaps around my home during the Easter holidays.
However, it is very difficult to pass up a good Pottery Barn sale (with free shipping which makes a HUGE difference when you currently reside in Hawaii!). Last spring, post-Easter, I purchased various sizes of shimmering, pastel, Easter eggs of papier-mâché. They perfectly fill my three-tiered server. I’d love to have more throughout the house, but the sticker-shock is prohibitive!
I purchased on Amazon some papier-mâché craft eggs last spring, but I found myself preoccupied with making outfits and memories with my newborn. So, the eggs have sat unattended in my art drawer for the past year. Rather than paint elaborate decorations on the eggs, as was my intention, I decided to use the Pottery Barn shimmering Easter eggs as inspiration for decorating my plain craft eggs.
For this project, you will need the following supplies:
1) papier-mâché craft eggs
2) Paint brushes
3) Wax Paper
4) Empty egg cartons (preferably plastic)
6) Sewing needle
7) Acrylic paints: white, and assorted colors, and interference gold (fine)
8) Optional: glass jars with lids (Gerber work well)
The steps are very simple. First, prep your work space. Put wax paper down on your work surface; this protects your counters and prevents the painted eggs from sticking to the counter. Poke holes in the high points of your egg cartons. Using the sewing needle, poke a single hole in the bottom (or other site of your choosing) of each papier-mâché egg. Insert a toothpick into the hole at the bottom of each egg, and holding the toothpick end, paint each egg with a single coat of white acrylic. This acts as the primer. I opted to do a second coat of white paint after the first coat dried, about thirty minutes later. Set each painted egg into a hole in the egg carton; be sure to space the eggs out so that their sides do not touch and damage the paint job. TIP: plan on drying 6 eggs per 12-egg-carton; this gives you adequate spacing. Also, plastic cartons are preferable to the paper kind because the paper can stick to the painted eggs.
Allow each coat of primer or paint to dry completely. Check the label on your paint for the dry time, but usually it should take about 30 minutes between coats. You will do two color coats. Use prepared colors or mix your own! If you do mix and customize your own colors, keep in mind that you have dry time between coats; mix customized paints in bulk and store in air-tight containers (Gerber glass jars work very well!). Paint each coat and dry the eggs on the cartons.
Once the last coat of colored paint has dried on the egg, it is time to apply the interference gold (fine) coat(s). Apply each coat very thinly, being sure to spread out the gold paint evenly across the egg. If you want more of a shimmer effect, apply a second, thin coat of gold. TIP: If you apply gold to white colored eggs, 3-4 coats of gold paint has a nice effect. Allow the eggs to dry and then store in a carton or set them about in your home decor and enjoy!
There are several options for displaying the eggs. You can arrange them in bowls or glass vases as filler, or place them around candle bases, plates, and cake stands. Glue them to picture frames, set atop candlesticks, or glue magnets on them to hold prized photos and artwork on your refrigerator. You can string them up on fishing line or clear crafting wire and use as garland or upon a wreath. TIP: if you plan on preserving these for years to come, especially if they will be used on a wreath outdoors, seal them with a non-yellowing poly or shellac coat(s).
How do you use Easter eggs to decorate your home?
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