I made some beautiful botanical Easter Eggs that I plan to feature in the center of each place setting for our Easter Tablescape. To put my little collection of cocktail & dinner napkins to good use, I decoupaged plastic Easter eggs using the intricate art designs from the napkins. Have you noticed how beautiful paper napkins have become? I purchased these pretty botanical napkins at Tuesday Morning and the fern design napkins at JoAnn Fabrics. After decoupaging the designs onto the faux eggs…Wow, they are stunning, I can’t stop looking at them! The decorated eggs look so expensive, yet cost very little to make. Creating Easter Eggs with that Exquisite high-end look is SIMPLE, that is…if you know the 3 Secrets…
3 Secrets to Creating Exquisite Decoupaged Easter Eggs:
- Use high-quality faux Easter eggs. I used white, non-shiny plastic, non-fillable eggs. They are white with a matte finish, and are sometimes referred to as “dyeable” plastic eggs. (like these)
- Use napkins that are multi-ply, so you can peel the layers apart until you are at the printed design layer, which is very thin. Choose napkins that have a background color that matches your egg color. For mine, I purchased napkins with a white background, so the excess paper around the design blended well with the white egg.
- Use Matte-sheen Decoupage medium – skip the gloss finish. I was surprised how the matte-sheen medium gave a more hand-painted and high-end feel to the final decorated egg. The egg maintains a translucence, so it looks real.
Supplies: Faux Eggs, pretty multi-ply napkins, matte-sheen decoupage medium (glue), brush or foam pad for decoupage glue application (I used a foam brush), brush for final decoupage finish (I used a soft flat paint brush for a smooth finish), sharp scissors and hair dryer. I also decorated the lid of a paper egg carton to store or to gift the pretty eggs. I took the egg carton out of my refrigerator, so no extra cost or trip to the store.
(Prep setup) Plug in a hair blow-dryer near your work area. You will Blow-Dry the egg each time you add a design, then move on to adding next piece of napkin design & repeat the blow dry. You will appreciate being able to dry the egg each time so your fingers don’t stick and pull off the tacky design. Have paper towels or washcloth handy too.
Reminder: Do NOT shake your decoupage medium, instead STIR, to keep from having bubbles.
Let’s get goin’…
Separate the layers of the napkin. *Be sure to separate all the way down to the printed layer, it can be extremely thin and hard to tell it is a layer in itself. Most napkins have 2-3 layers.
Plan, Cut, Trim & Glue – Plan your design placement prior to cutting. TIP: I take my napkin and wrap it around the egg to get an idea of how the design fits. Then I cut a horizontal strip of design (photo 1 below) that looked good around the fattest center of egg. From that strip (that fits around the egg nicely), I then (photo 2) trim the strip into sections to be applied one-by-one, rebuilding it back into that strip as it is glued onto the egg. Before gluing, be sure to trim the excess blank paper from around the design. That helps the piece to go on smoothly…the less excess blank paper the more hand-painted it will look. I trim out excess tiny details too, to create clean white space between the design. Glue one section at a time, blow-dry it, then glue the next design section (photo 3). Tips: Be sure to keep your fingers clean. The napkin design is fragile. Brush glue lightly onto the egg only where each design piece goes, gently lay napkin design onto the glued egg, add a light coat of glue on top and gently smooth with finger from center outward.
Once all the strip sections are applied and blow dried, look for blank areas (photo 4) and add additional designs to fill the gaps. You can see in the example (photo 5) that add-on designs can be added, they don’t have to match-up perfectly as long as it hits an edge or overlaps it will look logical. The fill-in art is an opportunity to bring in more colors and words to add interest to the decoration.
Final Decoupage Coat – When egg is done & totally dry, brush on enough coats of decoupage medium to bring all the layers together, letting it dry between coats. A soft flat brush is the ideal tool to use. The thicker your decoupage medium, the less coats it will take.
My egg carton is painted (lid only) with white acrylic craft paint, and was allowed to dry over night. Then, I sprayed the painted lid with a clear matte sealer (Preserve It, brand) that water-proofs it so it would not absorb the decoupage glue in next step. I applied decoupage medium with a wide foam brush to carton lid, and gently smoothed on the thin layer of fern design. Again, I immediately added a coat of decoupage medium over the design so it smoothed out evenly. While wet, the napkin tears easily so I used my fingers to gently smooth flat, careful not overwork it. I filled-in the blank areas with trimmed napkin designs and let dry over night. It’s done.
It is nice to have a project turn out better than I imagined it would. I would recommend this DIY to even a beginner decoupage’ier.
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