As a cheaper and much healthier alternative to chocolate Easter eggs, have you tried Easter egg decoupage?
Easter eggs decoupage is such an easy project, that doesn’t cost a whole lot and can provide several hours of fun for the whole family over the Easter weekend.
We enjoy decorating quite a few Easter eggs each year, using a variety of paper serviette motifs for our decoupage project. While decoupage can be done with empty egg shells, we prefer to decoupage hard-boiled eggs which can then actually be eaten while at the same time, adding a bit of a wow factor to your Easter table décor.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started with this awesome Easter egg project:
500 ml. of water
500 ml. white vinegar
Paper serviettes with a variety of motifs
1 egg white (whisked)
A sponge (brand new)
To prevent egg shells from cracking as they boil, it’s best to use eggs that are at room temperature (I usually take the eggs out of the fridge the night before).
Place the eggs and add the water and vinegar (I use the cheapest, no name brand white spirit vinegar and it works just fine) in a fairly large pot and bring to the boil. Depending on the size of the pot you choose, you may need to add more water and vinegar at first. Always make sure the eggs are completely covered as you add them to the pot and adjust the amount of water and vinegar accordingly. The ratio of water-vinegar remains the same = equal amounts.
Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for 18 minutes. Take the pot off the stove, drain the water and immediately place the pot with the eggs under running water. Hold each egg under running water (they will be hot, so be careful!) and use the sponge or a small kitchen cloth to gently rub off the egg yellow.
The egg yellow will come off the shells easily. Boiling the eggs in vinegar does make the egg shells a bit more brittle than what they normally are, so be as gentle as possible when handling these eggs. Allow the eggs to cool and to dry. Rinse the sponge and allow it to dry as well.
Now comes the fun part!
Use whatever paper serviette motifs you like but bear in mind that the motifs you choose to cut out should be small enough to fit across the one side of each egg. Cut out the motifs and peel away all the paper layers at the back. You should have only one layer with the colourful motif itself. This is the piece that you’re going to use to stick onto the egg.
Use the whisked egg white as your adhesive. Position the motif onto the egg, dab your sponge in a bit of egg white and then gently dab the egg white over your motif. This will “glue” the paper motif onto the surface of the egg. As you do this, try to avoid creasing as much as possible although this is bound to happen. Not to worry though, even if there are a few small creases these will hardly be visible. Allow the eggs to dry.
And that’s pretty much as easy as that! The most time-consuming part is cutting out the paper serviette motifs and peeling away the extra layers of paper that you don’t need, but once that’s done, it’s all fun, fun, fun from there!
These Easter eggs are perfectly edible, so you can enjoy them on Easter Sunday or make them part of your Easter egg hunt! These eggs are healthier, of course and a much cheaper alternative to chocolate eggs. Enjoy!
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