I’ve never been excited by the bright, glittery, shiny, or otherwise gaudy plastic Easter decor often found at stores. Vince and I are more a combination of rustic, farmhouse, vintage, cabin, outdoorsy type people. So this Easter I decided to experiment and make a few different styles of decorative eggs using twine, moss, and old papers to decorate our home with. I thought I’d share the results with you all in case you want to try this yourself. It’s all pretty easy, some more time consuming than others, but ultimately anyone can do this with a few spare minutes at a time. Here’s the lineup:
1) Twine Eggs
2) Découpage Eggs
3) Moss Eggs
1) TWINE EGGS: This is a super simple rustic option to decorate your home with. Feel free to add charms, little paper flowers, beads or other embellishments to make your eggs stand out.
- A big roll of twine, any color, any thickness
- Hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks for it
- Cardboard, plastic, ceramic, or other craft eggs–whatever you have will work fine as long as it’s not styrofoam, which will melt with hot glue gun contact. I used a cheap pack of 12 craft eggs that I picked up at a big box store for $1.99.
- Newspaper or something to cover your work surface with
1) Start at one end of the egg and glue down the end of the twine.
2) Continue to wrap the egg tightly with the twine, placing a line of hot glue every few inches. Don’t worry about the “spider webs” that collect from the glue–you can remove them later.
3) Wrap the entire egg and finish off with a dot of hot glue in the last visible space on the egg, cut the twine and stick it into the glue until it holds.
Note: As you probably imagine, hot glue is, well, HOT. So please mind your fingers during this process.
2) DÉCOUPAGE EGGS: These eggs work best with thinner types of paper, like old book pages, newspapers, music sheets, tissue paper, wrapping paper scraps, even printed paper with a background, words or something meaningful printed from your printer will work.
- Paint brush
- Plastic eggs (the cheap treat eggs work fine)
- Paper of choice for covering
- Something to cover your work surface
1) Cut your paper so it fits around the eggs you have chosen. If it doesn’t fit all the way around it, strips or squares of paper will also work too.
2) Take your paint brush and paint the Mod Podge (MP) glue onto the egg. Stick the paper to it, working from the end of the paper and roll it against the wet MP. Use the paint brush with MP as needed to tack down the end or seams of the paper. Sometimes it helps to use your fingers to smooth the paper onto the egg, creasing it where need be, as you work.
3) Once the paper is mostly on the egg, start covering the outside of the paper with the MP, softening the paper so that it molds to the shape of the egg using your fingers.
4) Look the egg over and make sure you’re not missing any spaces that aren’t covered. If you are, add pieces of paper to those areas the same way, apply MP, apply paper, apply MP, press into shape.
5) Once the entire egg is covered, add one final coat of MP to the entire egg and let dry on a piece of paper.
3) MOSS EGGS: These make nice additions to spring decor and have a fairy-like feel when used in the right design. This is a messy project, so cover your workspace well.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Bag of moss
- Cardboard, plastic, ceramic, or other craft eggs–whatever you have will work fine as long as it’s not styrofoam, which will melt with hot glue gun contact.
- Something to cover your work surface
1) Cut moss into small pieces and lay out on work surface. The smaller the pieces, the finer the final texture will be. If you want a fluffy moss egg, leave the moss in larger pieces.
2) Working in small sections on the eggs, add patches of hot glue smoothed out with the tip of the glue gun. Working quickly, roll it into the moss. Use your finger as needed to move the moss around to glue spots that the rolling missed.
3) Repeat step 2 until the egg is fully covered.
4) Roll your hand over the moss covered egg, checking for bald spots that need moss patches and for any long strands of moss that need to be clipped with scissors. Feel free to give your egg a “hair cut” until the desired texture and shape is reached.
That’s it! So you have three types of easy, cheap, DIY eggs to decorate for spring, Easter, or in farmhouse decor!