Thursday, 3 May 2012

Faux Papier Mache Eggs Tutorial

Plastic Easter Eggs (note, the Walmart ones are both cheaper and better quality than the Michaels ones...go figure)
White glue + water (or Mod Podge)
Tissue paper (I used white, but any colour will do)
Craft paint (I used white and brown...aqua and brown would be lovely too!)

Step 1: Tear tissue paper into small-ish bits.  If you make them bigger (2 inches or more), you'll have more wrinkles that enhance the papier mache look.  If you prefer a smoother look, use small pieces (1 inch or so).

Step 2: Mix some white glue with a bit of water (or pull out your mod podge, which won't require water) Glue a piece of tissue paper on to an egg, brushing glue on top of the piece as well.  Add more pieces to cover the egg, overlapping each piece.  For the first layer, don't worry if you have small gaps on the ends where you were holding the egg.  Set egg aside and let it dry (I've heard 2 hours is good, but I always left mine overnight due to life happening)

Step 3: Add another layer of tissue paper and glue, this time making sure to cover all of the plastic egg.  Allow to dry.

Step 4: Paint egg with base colour (white in my case), making sure to get in to any crevices caused by the paper wrinkles.  Allow to dry.

Step 5: Get your brown paint and mix it with a little water.  Or do like I did and mix red and green paint together to make brown.  I was out of the brown.

Step 6: Place eggs in a box or something to protect your work space from splatter.  Grab an old tooth brush, dip it in the watered down paint, and use your thumb or finger to lightly spray the brown paint over the eggs.  Be careful that you don't let the eggs roll before they're dry.  And watch out for drips!  Allow eggs to dry, which only takes about a minute.

Step 7: Turn the eggs over, and spray them again.  Allow to dry.

Step 8: Enjoy the touch of spring without paying a premium for real papier mache eggs (which I couldn't even find in the store the week after Easter when I was looking for a deal).

I'll have to borrow these eggs from the church next spring to use for my own decor.  They were too much work to use only once then have them languish in The Closet!


  1. Those little eggs are so adorable! It looks like a nice quiet relaxing way to spend an evening.

    1. It was quite relaxing. I watched "Breakfast at Tiffanys" while I glued the first layer.

  2. Oh wow, I haven't used the toothbrush spackling effect in ages. But it works so well here. You're right, a bit of blue would make them look like robins' eggs.

    Great job, Jo. Want to come help me make Mother's Day tea party centerpieces. Truthfully, I'm going with flowers with a vintage looking Mother/Daughter card place in the arrangements. (Didn't really know that till I typed it - sometimes forming an idea can come just like that).

    I'm off to the printer to make these cards I just thought of!!

    1. Good luck with your Mothers' Day tea! For something small, like one or two tables, I'd definitely use fresh flowers every time! I tried it for the dinner last spring, and it fell kind of flat, since I couldn't do a lot of flowers on each table (there are usually 25 to 30 tables). Your vintage place cards will be lovely!

  3. Such a pretty idea! Did you figure this out yourself?

    I think the spackled color is the perfect touch. :)

    1. Thanks, Patty! I did figure it out by myself, although I have seen beautiful mod-podged eggs before (with sheet music or pretty patterns). I didn't really know what I wanted the finished product to look like when I started. Initially my plan was to use smaller eggs (wood or papier mache), but I couldn't find anything smaller.

  4. What a great idea!! :) I love how simple and beautiful they look. Megan

  5. Love them!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Mauvin' Monday on



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