Last Year we blogged about the art of decoupage and carrying on that idea we started making papier mache eggs to decorate the house with this Easter. Whether you are creating an artistic collection of delicately painted eggs in a pastel coloured wicker shopper or in my case stringing up strange oblong looking shapes with interesting daubs of paint with the help of my little helper. There is something very appealing in creating these little decorations. We have been confined to the house due to a variety of strange and exotic sniffles we seem to be accumulating so we thought in a vain hope we would really celebrate this lovely long weekend in the face of snow forecasts, frosts that are to due to wreak havoc with the first seedlings we have ever planted and our enduring germs! So with bunches of daffodils in blue and white jugs and cherry blosssom in clear vintage vases we are spreading our Easter Eggs around the house, and hopefully distracting from the lack of painting we have done recently and the torn gaps of wallpaper, which my decorator son has taken to stripping off the walls…
You will need some balloons, newspaper and/or tissue paper (depends on whether you want a background colour or not..) PVA glue and a brush…ooh and possibly a apron, which I needed rather more than my little man!
Decide how you would like to paint your egg, polka dots are fun and quick or you might want to paint it white and decorate with a beautiful intricate chain of flowers.
Blow up the balloon and tear long strips of newspaper about 3 cms wide.
Dip the strips into the glue and smooth over balloons. 3-4 layers should be enough. Leave to dry on a rack.
If it’s sunny outside, leave to dry in the Spring sunshine.
(You can add an extra layer of tissue paper or white paper for different effects).
Paint the egg it’s background colour, it might need 2 layers. Decorate how you would like and I think the more garish the better. We have started polka dot eggs, but now graduating to glitter, ribbons and finger painting!! For a more vintage look you could add vintage typefaces and prints to the outside.
Have fun and for more hints and tips come and visit us at www.duckeggdesigns.com