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Oversize Botanical Decoupage Easter Eggs

Selected flower- and bird-themed artwork can transform a variety of eggs -- from naturally deep-green emu eggs to tinted and undyed ostrich eggs to painted wooden orbs -- into instant collectibles. These illustrations are cut from decorative papers and clip-art printouts, but color photocopies of other vintage imagery can serve equally well. The finished eggs sit atop silver-leafed wooden candlesticks.
Martha Stewart Living, April 2009

Selected flower- and bird-themed artwork can transform a variety of eggs -- from naturally deep-green emu eggs to tinted and undyed ostrich eggs to painted wooden orbs -- into instant collectibles. These illustrations are cut from decorative papers and clip-art printouts, but color photocopies of other vintage imagery can serve equally well. The finished eggs sit atop silver-leafed wooden candlesticks.

Emu and ostrich eggs from uniquelyemu.com; wooden goose eggs and candlesticks fromcraftparts.com.

 

How-To

1. Paint wooden goose eggs and blown-out emu and ostrich eggs with acrylic craft paint as desired. Let dry. cut out botanical images from decorative paper using small scissors. Carefully trim any inner portions from images using a craft knife on a cutting mat.

2. Coat back of 1 cutout with Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage using a small brush. Apply cutout to egg; smooth using tip of brush handle. Let dry. Repeat, adding designs as desired.

3. Apply Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage with a medium brush to entire egg. Let dry.

Comments (7)

  • Pat-i-cakes 20 Mar, 2013

    When using white eggs, flower motifs, etc., on napkins having a white background work wonderfully! The design is thin and delicate. Separate the top layer of napkin before cutting around the design. Spread a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the egg area first, then gently place the cutout onto the egg, gently brushing with more Mod Podge from the center of the design outward. After the cutout dries thoroughly, add several more coats of Mod Podge for a soft luster. Enjoy!

  • msmckim 31 Mar, 2010

    Love these, the pretty, intricate design of cutout, (thinner paper the best). Stickers look like stickers, but would be fun too.

  • ravenavery 5 Apr, 2009

    These are beautiful! I wish I had a real reason to decorate.

  • countryrose 5 Apr, 2009

    I agree winterbeach-who has the time!

  • Misslippi 5 Apr, 2009

    http://www.uniquelyemu.com/eggshells.htm that is the correct link.

  • margeclark 5 Apr, 2009

    The link for Emu/ostrich eggs comes up, "Sorry Page Not Found". Any other suggestion for a source?

  • lucibelle 5 Apr, 2009

    I think this is alot of work-why not try beautiful stickers.