Enliven this season's dozen with more than a dip in pastel dye. Using the simple technique of decoupage, paper cutouts in different patterns and designs are adhered to humble eggs. To find designs, flip through books of prints and take a look in the pantry -- cutouts from paper napkins, butterfly-printed wrapping paper, and traced silhouettes all can dress up eggs and boxes. Beyond that, you'll need little more than decoupage glue and sharp scissors -- or try a few craft punches for a no-snip alternative.
Decoupage is a great afternoon project, whether you're working alone, with friends, or alongside your children. The technique is simple, and the materials are few: Most items are available from Martha Stewart Crafts or michaels.com, and Mod Podge glue sealant can be found at Blick Art Materials. Be creative, and use any papers that inspire you -- just make sure they're no thicker than construction paper. Although some designs require precise cutting, the paper napkins just need a trim -- perfect for kids and those who are short on time.
Follow instructions for blowing out eggs below, then choose one of the design ideas.
Pre-blown eggs are available at crafts stores and online (thefeatheredegg.com, uniquelyemu.com). We used chicken, partridge, emu, and ostrich. Craft punches (available from Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com, and croppingcorner.com) make decoupage-ready silhouettes -- no cutting required. Put your favorite punches to work, or look for shapes similar to ours.