Break out the Mod Podge and your favorite patterned paper, tissue paper or napkins to make pretty decoupage Easter eggs. I’ve rounded up 20 different techniques and ideas for decorating Easter eggs. Includes everything you need to know to decoupage Easter eggs.
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If haven’t tried your hand at decorating easter eggs with napkins or tissue paper or other ephemera, these ideas are sure to inspire you to break out the Mod Podge.
What is Decoupage?
Decoupage is a centuries-old art that involves gluing paper cutouts to objects.
Pretty much any type of surface can be decoupaged, including furniture and household objects.
You can create beautiful Easter eggs that look handpainted or custom-made with decoupage glue and paper. You don’t need any painting skills or artistic talent to make these pretty eggs.
Want to see a brief overview of the process before diving into the tips and tutorial? Watch my web story on decoupaging Easter eggs.
What Kind of Paper to Use
You can use any type of patterned paper or paper cutouts for decoupaging Easter eggs.
Thinner papers, like napkins or printed tissue paper, work very well. But they can be delicate, so be careful when working with them.
Other decoupage papers and materials:
- sheet music
- patterned scrapbook paper
- printed designs
- book pages
- thin paper
- special decoupage paper
- paper cutouts
- wrapping paper
What Types of Eggs to Use
The decoupage technique works on a variety of eggs — real and faux.
- blown-out chicken eggs
- ostrich eggs
- duck eggs
- craft eggs
- papier mache eggs
- plastic eggs
- painted eggs
- wooden eggs
- ceramic eggs
How To Decoupage Easter Eggs
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Learn how to decoupage Easter eggs using napkins, paper or other materials.
- Prepare the surface.
Depending on the type of surface you’re using, you may need do different things to prepare it.
Some items will need to be cleaned with a damp cloth, while others may need to be sanded or painted before you start gluing.
- Choose which decoupage glue to use.
There are different types of decoupage glue and different Mod Podge formulas, depending on the materials you’re using and the desired final finish.
For example, Mod Podge comes in glossy, satin or matte finishes. There are also antique and glittery finishes. There are outdoor decoupage glues and dishwasher-safe formulas, and decoupage glue made specifically for fabric.
- Prepare paper or materials.
Cut your paper or material to size.
You can use larger sheets or strips of paper when decoupaging Easter eggs, or you may choose to cut out parts of the designs.
If you’re decoupaging with napkins, you may find it helpful to separate the layers first.
- Affix paper to the Easter egg.
Using a paint brush or foam brush, apply a thin layer of decoupage glue onto the egg’s surface. Then add the paper on top, gently smoothing out any air bubbles.
Since you’re gluing onto a curved surface, there may be some wrinkles. This is to be expected when decoupaging Easter eggs.
If using a thicker paper, you may find it helpful to spritz it lightly with water first to make it easier to wrap around the egg.
Be careful applying napkins or tissue paper; they can easily tear.
- Allow to dry and apply a topcoat.
Let the first layer of decoupage glue dry completely before applying a thin topcoat of Mod Podge or decoupage glue onto the paper.
I usually apply several layers of top coat, allowing each to dry completely before applying the next one.
- Seal, as necessary.
Depending on the type of decoupage glue you’re using, you may need to seal the finished project with an acrylic spray. I recommend using a sealer if the decoupaged eggs feel sticky or tacky at all after drying overnight.
Now that you know the basics of decoupaging, it’s time to dive into some inspiration and Easter egg eye candy.
Here are 20 different Easter decoupage projects to inspire you.
Blue & White Chinoiserie Easter Eggs
I am obsessed with all things blue and white, as you might have learned from my Chinoiserie oyster shells.
These blue and white Easter eggs and chinoiserie Easter eggs are all so pretty. You can get a totally different look using different types of blue and white napkins and paper.
I love these using printable chinoiserie designs for decoupaging. Here are a few of my favorite:
- Chinese Patterns Digital Paper Pack
- Chinoiserie Flowers Digital Paper Pack
- Blue & White Chinoiserie Pattern Paper Pack
- Blue China Digital Paper Pack
More Chinoiserie Crafts
If you love traditional blue-and-white decor, here are more chinoiserie crafts to try.
Mod Podge Easter Eggs With Paper
Use Mod Podge or another decoupage glue to decorate Easter eggs with book pages, sheet music, wrapping paper, printed tissue paper or specialty decoupage paper.
Here’s some inspiration:
Decoupage Easter Eggs with Napkins
Napkins are a great material to use when decoupaging Easter eggs. Thin napkins are well-suited for the curved surface of eggs. And there are so many pretty designs avaiable.
Search stores like HomeGoods, Dollar Tree, Michael’s or even the local grocery to find napkins to use for decoupaging Easter eggs.
For best results, you’ll want to separate the napkins and use only one layer.
Shop for Napkins for Decoupaging
Other Materials to Use for Decoupaging
Think creatively when making decoupage Easter eggs.
You can use photographs, stamped images, fabric designs and more. Cut out images and apply them to eggs like appliques.
You can also use things like ribbons, confetti, feathers and lace doilies to decoupage Easter eggs.
More Easter Egg Crafts
You may enjoy these other pretty Easter egg crafts.