There are a gazillion ways to decorate Easter eggs; here are 3 ways to create easy, inexpensive, permanent eggs to display year after year.
-plastic eggs with a matte finish (I bought mine last year at Wal-mart for about $2.00 a dozen).
–or wooden eggs (available at craft stores)
-acrylic paints or watercolors (use acrylic paint on wooden eggs)
-dimensional fabric paint (optional for eggs 1 & 2, available in craft stores and many department stores)
-artists paint brush (can be inexpensive, like the one that comes with children’s watercolors
-napkin rings (to hold the eggs as they dry, laying them on a flat surface will mar the paint)
-Egg #1-paper doily and small stencil brush,
-Egg #2-paper doily, white glue, small scissors
-Paint the plastic eggs using either acrylic paints or inexpensive children’s watercolors. Acrylics will give an even matte finish while watercolors will produce a less even but rather interesting, not as perfect finish. Use acrylic paints for wooden eggs.
-Paint ½ of the egg, let dry then paint the rest of the egg. Position the egg on a hard-surface napkin ring to dry. (I tried drying the eggs using the cardboard egg tray and found that the cardboard stuck to the egg and had to be scraped off.) Eggs may need more than one coat of paint. To achieve pastel hues add white paint to acrylic paints and for watercolors use more water.
Egg #1) use a paper doily as a stencil and a stencil brush to dab on the paint. The design will be made by painting through the negative spaces of the doily (the perforations in the doily). Because the egg and doily are small I didn’t bother to paste or tape the doily into place but just held it securely with one hand while I painted with the other. Paint is not put on with strokes as with regular paint brushes but is dabbed on using a stencil brush. Practice on a sheet of paper to get a feel for how much paint to load onto the brush. Finish the design by embellishing with dimensional fabric paint (optional).
Egg #2) from a paper doily cut out swags, trim, decorative circles, medallions, flowers, etc. (depending on the design of the doily). Mix white glue with a small amount of water. Dip the paper cut-out into the glue mixture and glue onto the egg. Create a design on the egg with the cut-outs, a band around the middle, or lengthwise across the egg, at both ends, or place cut-outs randomly. After gluing cut-out onto the egg, smooth flat with your finger, pressing gently so as not to tear the paper. With a damp cloth gently dab at the cut-out and the area around it to absorb excess glue. Allow to dry. Finish by embellishing with dimensional fabric paint (optional).
Egg #3) using dimensional fabric paint create daisy-shaped flowers i.e. 5 slender petals radiating from a central point. Allow space between each petal and between the petal and the center point. Fill the center point with a dot of paint of the same color as the petals or a contrasting color. Vary the size of the daisies. Paint the daisies in a chain, cascade, band, strip, spiral, or whatever design you choose. Paint a portion of the egg then allow the dimensional paint to dry before continuing onto the next portion. Do not smear the dimensional paint; it can be cleaned off but not easily. If you make a mistake allow the paint to dry and then gently peel away the “mistake”. If you’ve never used dimensional fabric paint, practice on paper before attempting to paint the egg.
Eggs, wooden or plastic, can be hung by inserting a very small screw at the top of the egg. Embellish with a small bow of organdy or silk ribbon.
After I finished the pastel Easter eggs I was curious how the daisy design would work against darker colors; could I create an egg that could be displayed year round in my kitchen or dining room? I used a wooden egg, green acrylic paint, and white dimensional paint. Imagine the design against jewel tones, royal blue, purple, deep red….