I love to decorate and craft for the seasons and holidays, especially Christmas and Valentine’s. My spring crafts are a bit more subtle. But I still manage to make a few decorations for the mantle, like this paper mache egg decoration.
I’ve already made a spring scrap yarn wreath for my front door and paper vases for the mantle the season. Like those crafts, this one uses materials that you are likely to have around the house. It’s a very affordable and easy DIY.
To decorate the paper mache egg I used spring images from my sister site Pictureboxblue. There is both a collection of vintage rabbit illustrations and vintage daffodil images on the site. I have edited these pictures to make them into clipart images. You can download these for free to use for this craft.
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Making Paper Mache Eggs
It is a very green craft as you are recycling and repurposing materials such as newspapers and other printed papers. Also, paper mache is fully compostable adding to its green credentials.
What You Need
- Scrap paper such as newspapers, but other papers will do. We read our newspaper online these days, so I didn’t have any newspapers. But I had plenty of old computer paper, so I used that instead.
- Small balloon – To achieve the egg shape for this spring mantle decoration, I used a small water balloon as my mold.
- White craft glue such as Mod Podge.
- Double-sided sticky foam pads
- Old-style wooden cotton reel spool
- Creamy white paint – acrylic or latex paint. I just used some leftover house paint I had in my home.
- Talcum (baby) powder
- Easter paper images you can download the rabbit and floral ones I used below (in the steps). Or you might want to use others. There are some good books, that are full of wonderful images to collage with.
How To Make The Paper Mache Egg
1.. First, inflate the balloon to the size you would like the egg decoration to be. Then tear up the paper into small squares about 1 inch in length.
Dilute the glue with water 50/50. Soak the paper squares in the glue mixture and then add them to the balloon one by one. The wet paper will mold around the curves of the balloon easier than dry paper.
Top Tip: If the paper you are using is very thin and delicate and tears easily when wet, brush the balloon with the glue water mixture first, and then add the dry paper sheets.
2. Carry on adding the squares of paper until the whole balloon is covered. I used an egg cup to keep the balloon upright. Another method is to hang the balloon with string while the paper mache dries.
I used three layers of paper, letting each layer dry in between. Even though the eggs will be thin, the combination of paper and glue will make them quite strong.
3. Once the paper mache has dried, pop the balloon with a pin. Then cover the hole with a couple of squares of the paper. When that has dried with a pair of scissors, cut the side of the paper mache egg open.
Painting And Decorating The Egg
4. Then to give the paper mache egg a plaster-type finish, mix talcum powder into paint. Add the talcum powder a little bit at a time, stir it into the paint until it is a very thick consistency.
5. Paint both the inside and outside of the egg with the thick paint mixture. Two coats of paint should be enough to give the egg a rough plaster appearance.
6. To decorate these eggs further and to give them a spring feel, I used some cut-out paper images of a rabbit and daffodils.
You can download the images I used below. Just click on the title above each clip art sheet. A higher resolution image will open in a new window in your browser. If you right-click on the image with your mouse, you will have the option to save the image to your hard drive.
7. Use paper glue to stick the cut-out images to the egg.
8. To finish off this Easter mantle decoration, make a stand for the paper mache egg by using an old wooden cotton reel. Use a sticky foam pad on the top of the reel to hold the paper mache egg in place.
The decoration looks great on my mantle. It’s a very cute, subtle spring decoration. Other paper cutouts could be used for different holidays, to update the decoration throughout the year.
If you liked this craft, then you might want to check out some of the other Easter crafts on Pillarboxblue, such as the paper bunny treat bags or Marimekko decorated eggs and the real egg Easter wreath.
Or if you just love paper mache crafts, check out these cute paper mache vintage teacups, they can also be decorated for Easter.
- Paper scraps - newspaper or computer paper
- Water balloon - small balloon to get the egg shape. The size of the inflated balloon will determine the size of the paper mache egg decoration.
- Mod Podge or other white craft glue
- White paint and talcum powder for the plaster effect
- Wooden cotton reel spool
- Paper clip are images of rabbit and flowers- these are free to download from the site.
- Inflate the balloon. Tear the paper into pieces about 1-inch square.
- Dilute the glue to a 50/50 water glue mixture.
- Soak the paper pieces in the water glue mixture and then stick them to the egg one by one. Carry on until the whole egg is covered. Leave it to dry by sitting it in an egg cup or hanging it on a string.
- Add at least another two layers of paper mache.
- When fully dry pop the balloon and cut the side of the egg off using scissors.
- Mix talcum powder into the paint until very thick.
- Paint the inside and the outside of the egg with the paint mixture.
- Cut out a rabbit image and some spring flowers from the clip art.
- Stick the rabbit and the flowers to the egg.
- Make a stand for the paper mache egg by using a wooden cotton reel. Use a small piece of double-sided sticky foam to secure to egg to the top of the cotton reel.
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