Monday, February 28, 2011

How to Decorate Paper Mache Easter Eggs

This past week, I've been decorating a bunch of paper mache Easter eggs for my "Three Winners" giveaway. I like the look of all kinds of Easter eggs, so I used a variety of different techniques.

For foil Easter eggs, I mod podged some small torn up strips of tissue paper onto the paper mache eggs.

I let that completely dry and then started painting them. I also have metallic paint, so on some, I put a coat of metallic on top of the matte layer. I think they turned out pretty cool! They look just like those candy foil eggs.

For another look, I used some recently purchased alcohol inks. I used the technique from Tim Holtz and his Alcohol Ink Air Splatter video, using canned air. I couldn't wait to try this, but I didn't have any glossy cardstock. Then I got to thinking this might work on paper mache Easter eggs if I slick on two coats of Mod Podge Hard Finish. And it worked!

(Remember to make a "sproooossssssssssshhhhhhh" sound when the air is coming out of the can. Makes it super fun - lol)!

If you miss a spot with the hard finish, it'll make a little stain, though it's easily covered with a couple more layers of darker color:
You can also do this air spray technique on other things:

I have a star paper mache box that I have two coats of hard finish on. Just haven't had the time to do this technique on it yet. A word of warning: the canned air canister get can super cold if you're using it a lot. I let it rest about 10 or 20 minutes when it got that cold.

Another technique I tried was dry brushing some of the already painted and dried eggs. I also dabbed on for a more spotted look Made for some cool effects.
Then I tried light brush strokes, which made for some cute dashes of color:
Next, I watered down some black paint, dipped an old toothbrush in it and brushed all over some eggs for a "prim" (i.e., aged) look.

Now I have quite a wide variety of paper mache Easter eggs. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and can create even more awesome eggs!

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  1. I love the bright, vivid colors - some are even shiny!! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Thanks, Megan. I think the shininess comes from the coats of the Mod Podge Hard Finish.

  3. I too love the bright colors! My boys would get a kick out of these! Thanks so much for linking up today at Terrific Under Ten!

  4. Thanks, ladies! And thanks for hosting a link party, Kindra. :)

  5. Fun idea! I love paper mache but haven't done it for years. :) Thanks for sharing.
    Humble Homemaking

  6. Wow these turned out great!! Very creative. I found you through Patches of Pink linking party. I'm a new follower

  7. Wow, I hadn't even had Easter on my horizon yet. Kudos to you for being prepared! These eggs are darling and very festive.

  8. Thanks so much. If any of you do some paper mache eggs, post pictures on your blogs please! I'd love to see them.

  9. Great idea! Thanks for linking up!

  10. Love the dry brushing technique, so pretty! Thanks for linking them up!

  11. Thanks, ladies. I hope you can have making all kinds of creations with paper mache eggs. :)

  12. Thanks so much for linking up at Make Something Mondays! Can't wait to see your next project!

  13. Thank you, Sarah, for having a link party!

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  16. Love them Tracy, they look so good sitting in my little stoneware bowl!! I didn't realize the one was made with the distress inks, will have to go watch that video because I love that egg! Thanks for sharing, Deb