Eggs

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in “Reloved” mag­a­zine. While it was the most time-con­sum­ing tech­nique I tried, it yielded the most im­pres­sive re­sults.

To make these eggs, small strips of plain pa­per are glued to plas­tic eggs to serve as a base layer that hides the col­ored plas­tic. Once that layer has dried, the egg is buffed by rub­bing it with the back of a spoon to smooth out any rough edges. The eggs are then cov­ered with small strips of pa­per torn from an old book, over­lap­ping the strips at ran­dom un­til the egg is com­pletely cov­ered. More dry­ing and buff­ing, and then ad­di­tional de­signs cut from pa­per nap­kins are glued to the eggs. A wash of watered-down craft paint gives the eggs a distressed, an­tique look.

The orig­i­nal ver­sion of this method fea­tured black-and-white im­ages, but I used nap­kins fea­tur­ing col­ored il­lus­tra­tions of Peter Rab­bit to brighten them up a bit. I loved the pas­tel, shabby chic re­sult. Cost: 7 Ease: 5 Re­sults: 9

Nap­kins-real eggs

Craft maven Martha Stew­art’s web­site (http:// bit.ly/22BGbyd) fea­tures mul­ti­ple tech­niques for de­coupage eggs, in­clud­ing one that in­volves real eggs and dec­o­ra­tive pa­per nap­kins. To try this method, pierce holes into ei­ther end of the egg and blow out the con­tents. Cut around de­signs from a pa­per nap­kin — I chose a flo­ral pat­tern — and sep­a­rate the lay­ers to work with just one layer of tis­sue. Ap­ply de­coupage glue to the egg and ad­here the de­signs, and then cover the en­tire egg with a coat of glue.

This tech­nique was in­ex­pen­sive, es­pe­cially if you scram­ble up the egg’s con­tents for break­fast, and pro­duced very pretty, el­e­gant re­sults. Real eggs are frag­ile, how­ever — I cracked one open try­ing to en­large one of the holes — so this method wouldn’t be the best to do with young chil­dren. Cost: 8 Ease: 7 Re­sults: 8

Fab­ric-sty­ro­foam eggs

I found this tech­nique on Crafts ’n Cof­fee (http://bit.ly/2oaXmer), a blog cre­ated by the com­pany that makes Sty­ro­foam brand foam craft prod­ucts. The foam eggs I pur­chased were sig­nif­i­cantly more ex­pen­sive than ei­ther the plas­tic or real eggs used in the other projects, and while I had scrap fab­ric on hand, pur­chas­ing the fab­ric would have made this even more pricey.

For this project, fab­ric is cut into 1-inch wide strips and then trimmed into tri­an­gle shapes. The eggs are cov­ered with glue in sec­tions, and the fab­ric is stuck on in a ran­dom, over­lap­ping man­ner. A fi­nal coat of de­coupage glue seals the edges.

I found this method fairly fussy — bits of fab­ric kept peel­ing off as I ma­nip­u­lated the eggs — and I had trou­ble smooth­ing them down. The fin­ished re­sult was a bit too bumpy and rus­tic-look­ing for my taste. On the plus side, us­ing Sty­ro­foam means the eggs can eas­ily be pierced and strung on baker’s twine to make a gar­land.

Be­cause both the eggs and the fab­ric are fairly sturdy com­pared to the pa­per used in the other meth­ods, or the real eggs, this would be an eas­ier method for chil­dren to try. Cost: 4 Ease: 4 Re­sults: 6

HOLLY RAMER / AP

A va­ri­ety of de­coupage Easter eggs

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