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Project

Paper-Napkin Decoupage Eggs

Brighten a clutch of undyed eggs with stylized patterns from paper napkins.

Introduction

No need for meticulous cutting: A loose trim around the designs will do, as the napkins' edges will blend into the eggshells. 

Chipboard baskets, packed with the colorful creations and holiday sweets, are decorated with coordinating tags.

Materials

  • Raw eggs
  • Craft knife or scissors 
  • Patterned paper napkins, in white
  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage glue
  • Small and medium craft brushes with noncolored handles
  • Paper tags (optional)
  • Mini baskets and 3/8-inch reed handles (optional)
  • Wood filler (optional)
  • Easter grass (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Pierce both ends of a raw egg using scissors or the tip of a sharp craft knife. Twist knife gently in holes to widen them slightly, with bottom hole a bit larger.

  2. Step 2

    Poke a straightened paper clip into the larger hole; pierce yolk, and stir.

  3. Step 3

    Hold egg, larger hole down, over a bowl. Insert the tip of a rubber ear syringe (available at drugstores) into smaller hole. Blow air into egg to expel its contents. Rinse egg with warm water; drain. Blow air into egg again. Let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Trim loosely around the designs on a white napkin using small scissors. Separate printed top layer; discard lower sheets.

  5. Step 5

    Coat part of a blown-out white egg (or a white paper tag) with decoupage glue using a small brush. Apply 1 cutout design to egg (or tag); smooth with brush. Let dry. Repeat, adding designs as desired.

  6. Step 6

    Apply decoupage glue with a medium brush to entire egg (or tag). Let dry.

Reviews (11)

  • Kelly2121 12 Apr, 2011

    Where can you find just the cardboard baskets? i can only find them in a set of 3, no singular.

  • allisonkrahen 11 Apr, 2011

    Where can I find the chipboard baskets in this craft?

  • 1drlust 5 Apr, 2011

    If the article is read correctly by the reader - these are decorative eggs - the key words are as follows - Blow air into egg to expel its contents. Rinse egg with warm water; drain. Blow air intoart.com: I Have had eggs that I Blew OUT for more than 20 years! Hopes this helps.

  • janinesfunday 17 Mar, 2011

    I can't imagine eating the eggs that have been at room temp for so long, being cooled after cooking, and then dyed and dried and handled, then displayed. I accidentally packed one last year. Not a happy smell when I opened that box! I say blow them out raw or use plastic eggs. Filling them with chocolate to eat later, seems scary, too. I can never get the raw egg to rinse out that well from the little holes.

  • HAPPYGRANDMA55 21 Jan, 2011

    Because they come out so pretty, why eat them??? Keep them year after year..I have been making eggs since I was a kid and enjoyed making them with my chidlren. Now I share this with my 3 grand-children. I recently moved and while packing found a once hard boiled egg my son decorated. It was so beautiful that I kept it all these years (my son is now 30!) Unfortunatley while unpacking the same egg to celebfrate our 1st Easter in our new house, it slipped and broke. Luckily it was so hard tha

  • cvera 12 Mar, 2010

    I think "Micheals" has imitation plain white eggs, that have the same feel and weight as a real egg, even down to the texture. They would cirtainly be more durable and you wont have to use up real eggs.

  • Anarie 10 Mar, 2010

    I had the same thought about using hard-boiled eggs, but Mod Podge is very tough when it dries. I think it would be almost impossible to break and peel the eggs at all, and you'd almost certainly end up with little bits of glue mixed in.

  • heiditype2 9 Mar, 2010

    My mother and I have done this since the 70's with Easter and Christmas using egg and ornament shaped Styrofoam., Then we added extra fine clear or colored glitter with mod podge after the napkin layer has dried. Great fun with children, but can also look decorative in an antique basket or bowl.

  • josien 6 Apr, 2009

    Hello, I had de same question as Sophielia. I askt Martha and got de following answer.
    We don't recommend eating eggs which have been covered with glue and paper. In any case, since these eggs can take some time to create, it would make sense to want to keep them from year-to-year.
    We hope this helps.
    Sincerely,
    MSLO Customer Relations

  • sarakratz 2 Apr, 2009

    The Mod Podge website (www.plaidonline.com) says it's non-toxic. Not an expert, but I'm guessing it woudn't penetrate the shell anyway. Just watch for any that drips through holes in ends of egg.

  • Sophielia 2 Apr, 2009

    Is it possible to make these eggs in hard boiled form? Is it because of the decoupage that they aren't food safe?
    I saw a recipe for chocolate eggs that used blown eggs filled with tempered chocolate. Would it be possible to use these shells for a project like that as a nice variation?
    I guess my main question is, does anyone know if decoupaged eggs are food safe?