Make an Easter eggshell vase
Egg crafting is a whole lot of fun - especially at Easter time, when you can put your masterpieces on display for all to admire. Eggshells are the perfect waterproof receptacle for a bunch of tiny flowers and make a cute and fun Easter table decoration!
What you will need:
- pointy ended knife
- paper napkins
- Mod Podge
- paint brush
- wooden chopsticks
- egg carton
Step 1. Collect all of your supplies.
Step 2. Carefully poke a hole in the end of an egg.
Step 3. Using your fingers, gently pull away the shell around the hole to make the opening a little larger. Pour the contents of the egg into a bowl and save it to cook something delicious later. Give your eggshell a quick rinse and leave it to dry on some paper towel.
Step 4. Tear the paper napkins into small pieces. Napkins work better than regular paper as they are thin and malleable.
Step 5. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the egg and place a piece of paper napkin on top. Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the napkin to hold it in place. Continue until the egg is covered.
Step 6. If you don't want your egg to stick to the table, you'll need to dry your egg upside down so that the outside of the egg isn't touching anything. You could make a makeshift drying rack by sticking some wooden chopsticks into the bottom of an egg carton.
Step 7. Once your newly decoupaged eggshells have dried, you can turn them upside down and fill them with small flowers from your garden!
- When your fingers touch the glue covered napkin, they sometimes stick and the napkin can tear, so you might like to use the chopstick to hold your egg while you are decoupaging (as pictured below). I found it easier to do one half, wait for it to dry and then do the other half.
- Some napkins work better than others and you might need to do lots of layers or just one, depending on the napkin. If your napkins have small images, instead of a block pattern, you might like to cut around the image and apply it straight to the egg (as shown here).
- Don't forget to pop a small amount of water in the bottom of your eggshell vase to keep the flowers alive!
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