Decoupage Easter Egg Wreath

When getting the ingredients ready to make a meringue last year, I paused and thought it seemed like a shame throwing away 6 egg shells, so it dawned on me why not make a wreath especially as Spring/Easter was around the corner. If you bake frequently it doesn’t take too long to accumulative enough eggs for this task.

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The Black and White  wreath I made is 9″ (23cm) wide and that took 16 large eggs. The Pastel wreath which is slightly bigger took 19 large eggs.

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Materials needed for an 11″ Wreath:

  • 16 large blown, dry eggs  {this may vary depending on eggs selected as no two eggs seem to be identical in size}
  • Wreath base which you can make or buy
  • String
  • Decoupage paper – I used cut up strips from the newspaper
  • White Glue such as Mod Podge
  • Small paint brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Needle/Pin and Tooth pick for the eggs
  • Ribbon for bow if needed

Preparing Eggs:

Wash and dry eggs. Shake the egg. Take a metal skewer/ T pin or thick needle and scratch the top and base of the egg this creates some traction which stops the needle from slipping around when making the tiny hole.

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Once you have made the hole, gently wiggle the pin to widen it a little as this makes it easier for the egg to drain.

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I use a wooden toothpick to break up the yolk and white in the egg and then give it a couple of shakes to help combine the two. Drain the egg into a clean bowl until it is empty, another good shake helps speed up the process and also blowing through a straw can help remove the last drop.

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Wash eggs thoroughly in warm soapy water, rinse and allow to dry completely. I leave the eggs in a bowl on our kitchen window sill until I have enough collected. It’s a good idea to have more eggs than you need as they are very light when empty and can break very easily.

Making the Wreath:

Cut two large circles from stiff cardboard {I used a sturdy box}.

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Measure a 1/2″ border and then cut away to create two rings. Hot Glue these together to create a firm base. Attach string at this stage for hanging later.

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Now the fun and messy part begins – découpage, a french word used to describe the art of gluing cut/torn pieces of paper to an object. After completing the Black and White Wreath, I thought it would be nice to do one in colour. So I collected the adds and theatre pages etc from The New York Times their weekend edition especially has a lot of pages in colour.

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First I cut little snips all along the sides of the strips as I find this helps to bend the paper around the egg. Then I brush some glue onto the egg and onto the paper strip which to begin with is usually around 1″ wide and 3″ long, I keep gluing the varying and decreasing sized strips onto the egg and smoothing them out as much as possible until it is completely covered. It is important to take care with your eggs at this stage, as if you drop them onto a hard surface they break. One broke  just last night when it rolled off the table that I was working on!

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Once all the eggs are covered, it is time to arrange them around the wreath in whatever pattern you select, making sure you have the side of the egg that you like best facing out. Then I do a dollop of hot glue onto the base and start attaching the eggs one by one until I come to the end. I pop a tiny bit of glue between the eggs where there is room and also along the back for added stability.

Apply a layer of Mod Podge, varnish or another specially-made finish for decoupage to the wreath to act as a sealant. When dry attach ribbon etc and then hang and enjoy.

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The decoupaged eggs could also spell out a Surname/Last name or a Greeting or Message such as Happy Easter” and so on.

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These eggs would also look lovely on the table as place names, in bowls and other seasonal type arrangements.

   

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I painted the above blown eggs in Benjamin Moore’s Blackboard chalk paint which appeals to both children and adults as they can write or decorate them anyway they wish.

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2 thoughts on “Decoupage Easter Egg Wreath

  1. What a wonderful way to celebrate Spring, Anne! I just love all of your beautiful Easter eggs! The newsprint and chalkboard eggs make a striking combination. This would be a fun way to use up bits of my patterned paper scraps. Thanks for so much inspiration. So glad you found my blog… so that I could discover yours! Happy Spring! ♡

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    • Happy Easter, your blog is very inspiring especially the seed packet bunting and garden photos, hope Spring has finally arrived in NY so I can do some gardening too.

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