Tissue Paper Easter Eggs


Want to go a little crazy with your Easter eggs this year? Instead of the standard dyed eggs, try this easy technique. With a little tissue paper and Mod Podge, you can turn out these colorful and fanciful eggs in no time. This is definitely a craft you can do with children, and you really can't mess up since the whole thing is random. So, fore-go the Paaz tablets this year, and try something new.

Materials:
eggs - can be blown or boiled
tissue paper cut into small, random pieces
Mod Podge
small bowl of water
soda bottle caps
paint brush 

1] Using your paint brush or finger, wet the egg. (It should be damp... not dripping.)

2] Place a piece of cut tissue paper on the egg. Use your paint brush or finger to moisten enough so the tissue lays against the egg. Use the smallest amount of water necessary to accomplish this. If you use too much water the tissue will bleed.

3] Continue adding tissue paper, overlapping edges, until the whole egg is covered. 

4] Place egg on a soda bottle cap and allow the egg to dry until it is merely "damp". If it dries out completely, the tissue paper will fall off. If it is too wet, the Mod Podge will drip. (Note: At this point you CAN allow the tissue paper to dry completely. Then remove the paper, and the dye will have stained the egg leaving behind patchwork color. You can either leave the eggs as is or add a coat of Mod Podge.)

5] Apply Mod Podge to the top 2/3s of the egg. Set on the soda bottle cap. Allow to dry (about 15 - 30 minutes) then turn the egg over and Mod Podge the bottom 1/3 of the egg. Return to the cap and allow to dry completely.

If you covered eggs that have been blown and want to pack them away for future years, you may wish to add 3 - 4 more coats of Mod Podge, allowing them to dry completely between each coat. The extra coats of Mod Podge will make them sturdier and make a lovely surface.

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Mod Podge

What is "mod podge"? Do you buy it or make it? I would love to try making these eggs. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Mod Podge is a sealer. It

Mod Podge is a sealer. It looks a lot like a white crafting glue. As a matter of fact, if you mix equal amounts of white glue, like Elmers or Aleene's Original Tacky Glue, with water, it does about the same thing. You can buy Mod Podge, however, at any crafting store. They have indoor and outdoor varieties. Have fun :)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Cuute

I like these! I think I will try them on those ceramic eggs they sell at Hobby Lobby. Also forgot to mention if you make that bunny hat it should fit your newest grandbaby in time for next Easter as my little girl was born on Sept. 25th :)

Sounds perfect! I think I'm

Sounds perfect! I think I'm going to go ahead and make it now while I'm thinking about it :)

Kimara
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When you said this was a

When you said this was a craft you could do with children, I bet you didn't mean twin 3 year old girls, did you. Suffice to say there was more tissue paper stuck to them than the eggs. I was tempted to Mod Podge them, hehe. Although our eggs did not wind up looking like yours (I wound up not Mod Podging them) it is amazing how much the tissue paper dyed the eggs. They look more like they were tie dyed, but still pretty. I was delighted when the dye came off the girls after their bath. Especially the pieces of tissue paper that were stuck to their faces. I will try this again with them, in say another 5 years ;)

boiling eggs right now

Lovely. I always save colored tissue paper we get with gifts and we seem to come up with many ways to use it. I'm boiling eggs as we speak and we will give these a go later. I always wondered whether or not the insides of eggs would dry. There are those Chinese 100 year old eggs, but I think that is different. I don't think I would care to run the risk of having a decaying egg break, yuck :)

Memories

This brings back memories of my mom and aunt deciding to use natural dyes from plants and fruits found in the yard. I can remember them experimenting with colors. They even used leaves. I think they put the egg in a nylon and then arranged the leaves inside the nylon against the egg to make patterns. Then they dyed it in the natural dye. They didn't blow the eggs out but left them hole. After almost 50 years they still make a beautiful basket, as long as they don't break!

I was in a hurry to make

I was in a hurry to make these eggs for the blog and I didn't blow them out... they are raw eggs. I was wondering if left in tact, whether or not the insides would dry up like a gourd over the next year or if the egg would remain liquidy, as if encased in a snow globe! So... if after 50 years yours are still liquid, I guess that answers my question :) The eggs sound beautiful. I'd like to try using leaves.

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Avesome!

These eggs are so beautiful. We are suppose to color eggs tomorrow. Although I think I still need to do some traditional dying, we are also going to make some of these. Love 'em!

Gorgeous ! It looks like

Gorgeous ! It looks like washi japanese tapes!

washi japanese tapes

I was unfamiliar with washi janpnese tapes... but not any more! I've done some googling and have seen some lovely things. Thanks for mentioning them.

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Ooh they do look like washi

Ooh they do look like washi tape. I love this! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

We dont have mod podge

We dont have this in the UK, but I think its quick drying kids glue right? I stuck them paper with water and then painted them with glue.. then the easter bunny came to hide them!
My 3 year old enjoyed. Thanks

I have used craft glue/quick

I have used craft glue/quick drying kids glue in place of Mod Podge before. The only thing I noticed was after they were dry, the surface could still get tacking in humidity. (I've had a few things stick together) But they look every bit as lovely. I'm sure your three year old AND the Easter bunny thought they were beautiful! 

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Inspired

Hey Kimara, This has been so inspirational I have set up my own blog! Ive got your button on it too.. the first one. Many thanks xx

Blog address

Hi Rita,
Thanks :) What is your blog address? I'd love to stop by and say "hi". Have fun!

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher