Paper Mache Painted Easter Eggs ~ I love these Paper Mache Painted Easter Eggs because they look so amazingly colourful and they are so amazingly easy to make! Another bonus is that you can put them on display every Easter and make new ones every year to add to the collection.
Let’s get started….
Materials Needed To Make Paper Mache Painted Easter Eggs:
Paper Mache Eggs – Michaels sells them in packages of six for about $4.00 (CDN).
Acrylic paints – I recommend buying quality paints for this craft. I used a cheaper dollar store paint on another batch of paper mache eggs. The paint didn’t seem to go on smoothly and they looked awful when they were dry. I picked up at Michaels six different colours with different finishes including metallic, pearl and matte. It was so nice working with the pretty Easter colours and all three finishes look fabulous when the paint dries.
Container of water – To clean the paint brushes
Paper towel – To dab extra water off the brushes and soak up any spills.
Plastic egg carton – A place to put the paper mache eggs while the paint dries. I recommend using a plastic egg carton so the paint doesn’t stick to the cardboard egg carton as it dries.
Modge Podge – This is optional because I found the eggs looked just as nice without the extra finish. However, six of the paper mache painted Easter eggs were used on an Easter Wreath that hangs outside on the front door. I used the Modge Podge to make these eggs more durable against the weather elements. It’s your choice.
Paint brushes – To put on the paint, Modge Podge and white craft glue. I ended up using three different brushes for each step.
Ric Rac Ribbon – I used ribbon from May Arts Ribbon and I loved working with it. If you look carefully at the completed eggs you will notice that not only did the ric rac ribbon come in different colours but also different textures.
Scissors – To cut the ribbon
White craft glue – This was used to glue the ribbon around the paper mache painted eggs.
Blow dryer – This can be used to speed up the paint drying time.
Instructions For Making Paper Mache Painted Easter Eggs:
Step 1 – Paint the top half of each egg. Place each egg to dry in the plastic egg carton with the painted half facing up.
Step 2 – Paint the bottom half of each egg. Place each egg to dry in the egg carton with the newly painted half facing up.
Step 3 – Give each egg a second coat of paint following the same instructions given in Step 1 and Step 2.
Step 4 – Apply one coat of Modge Podge on each paper mache egg. Place each egg in the plastic egg tray and allow to thoroughly dry. (I gave it a good 24 hours). Remember this is optional.
Step 5 – Pre-measure and cut each strand the circumference of the paper mache painted Easter egg. I chose to put two strands around each egg. You can choose to do just one or more than two. I did try to make every egg look different by using different colours of ric rac on each painted egg. Let the ric rac ribbon dry thoroughly!
Step 6 – Use a small paint brush to paint the craft glue to the back of the ric rac ribbon. Apply the ribbon around each egg. Here is a photograph showing the different possibilities.
What Can You Do With The Paper Mache Painted Easter Eggs?
I chose to place them in a beautiful crystal bowl that I inherited from my hubby’s grandmother. Now that is an heirloom vintage piece! I had some glass Easter gems and eggs that I added to the bowl. I have to admit it looks really lovely because the crystal and glass catch the light adding a special touch. I hope Great-Grandma would be so pleased.
Other ways you can display these paper mache painted Easter eggs is to put them in a basket, Apothecary glass jar or even a tall pretty vase! You can even hang them on a few decorative branches to make your own Easter tree.
This project is a lot of fun for adults to do but it is also very kid friendly because it is so easy to do. I plan on making another batch of eggs next year and adding them to the collection that was started this year. I am thinking this would make a wonderful yearly tradition where your children can make new paper mache Easter eggs every year!
Are you looking for a classroom Easter craft, Easter party craft or even an April birthday part craft idea? Are you a grandparent spending time with your grandchildren? Are you looking to start a new family tradition with your children where you can make new paper mache painted Easter eggs every year? Your children, students or party guests can each make their own as a fun activity. If you are planning this for a party that only lasts for a few hours just skip the Modge Podge step. But start the craft at the beginning of the party and have the children do something else in between the drying stages. Or you can have a few blow dryers available to help ‘blow’ dry’ the paper mache Easter eggs.
Hope you are inspired!
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. May Arts Ribbon provided me with some free ribbon to try out on this project. I truly did love the colours, textures and it was so easy to work with. As always, my opinions are my own.
The reason I chose to put modge podge on these paper mache painted eggs because some of them were used on another Easter craft. Don’t they add the final decorative touch to this Easter Double Wreath I made for our front door? It looks a lot harder to make but it really isn’t and I provide a full tutorial for you so you can make your own too!
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