I love to decorate and craft for the seasons and holidays, especially Christmas and Valentine’s. My Easter crafts are a bit more subtle. But I still 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 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. The site has a collection of vintage rabbit illustrations and daffodil images. 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 recycle and repurpose 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 newspapers online these days, so I didn’t have any. But I had plenty of old computer paper, so I used that instead.
- Small balloon – I used a small water balloon as my mould to achieve the egg shape for this spring mantle decoration.
- 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
- For 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
Step 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 mould around the curves of the balloon easier than dry paper.
Top Tip: If the paper is very thin and delicate and tears easily when wet, brush the balloon with the glue-water mixture first, then add the dry paper sheets.
Step 2: Carry 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.
Step 3: Once the paper mache has dried, pop the balloon with a pin. Then cover the hole with a couple of squares of paper. When that has dried with scissors, cut the side of the paper mache egg open.
Painting And Decorating The Egg
Step 4: Mix talcum powder into the paint to give the paper mache egg a plaster-type finish. Add the talcum powder a little bit at a time, and stir it into the paint until it is a very thick consistency.
Step 5: Paint the egg inside and outside with the thick paint mixture. Two coats of paint should give the egg a rough plaster appearance.
Step 6: To further decorate these eggs and give them a spring feel, I used cutout paper images of rabbits 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 can save the image to your hard drive.
Step 7: Use paper glue to stick the cutout images to the egg.
Step 8: To finish this Easter mantle decoration, make a stand for the paper mache egg 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.
- 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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