Tutorial – Decorated Polystyrene Eggs For Easter

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This month is going by extremely fast and before we know it, its gonna be Easter weekend.

Myself and the children always love getting the messy box out and this month we’ve been getting stuck into some fun Easter crafts.

Decorating eggs is a long loved tradition but it doesn’t always have to involve, hard boiling or blowing off eggs. Last year we showed you how to make great paper mâché eggs using coloured tissue paper and Polystyrene eggs. This year I want to show you some other easy and creative ways to decorate polystyrene eggs. These will give much quicker results than the paper mâché method but each will still look great and be good fun to make, especially with your little helpers on hand.

Below, I’ve included a number of different decorating ideas.

Each require different materials but these are all largely made up of polystyrene eggs, Large lolly sticks, paints, glitter, 3D Pic-Tixx, decorative tape, mod podge, strong glue dots, pink ribbon, Deco pens, egg stencils and an assortment of embellishments.

In terms of the tools required, these mainly consist of just paint and glue brushes.

All our eggs have been fitted to a large lolly stick. This is done by penetrating the flat bottom end of the egg with the stick so it sits securely in the centre of the egg making them easy to paint and decorate.

All eggs first receive two coats of paint (colour dependent on design) with each being given a drying time of 20 minutes in between coats.

Once eggs are complete and dry the final steps are to cover them in a layer of modge podge. It is when the mod podge has dried that we can remove our eggs from there sticks or if preferred you can display them with the sticks attached to avoid a visible hole (note… this is small and doesn’t pose a problem anyway).

Blue Metallic Glitter Eggs

Here are two different blue glitter eggs. The first has been given this foil effect that can be created on hard boiled egg shells using dye and foil pieces only we have created it with silver glitter and modge podge.

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To add this effect to your painted polystyrene egg, roll it in the silver glitter adding more glitter to some areas then others. The self adhesive stars are a pretty finishing touch.

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For the second egg we have gone for a striped design that has again been achieved by adding mod podge and rolling in glitter. Both eggs are painted in Metallic blue acrylic paint (see reference section for stockists).

Cute stencilled eggs

We have again created two eggs in this design set!

Metallic blue egg with yellow stencil

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This is very simple and required only minimal effort. A stencil is applied directly over the dried painted egg and a yellow deco pen has then been used to transfer the design onto the centre of the egg.

Pink and blue bunny egg

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The same method has been used on this pink egg. The only difference being is that to transfer the bunny stencil to the centre of this egg we used a small, thin paint brush and some acrylic paint (same blue used before).

Pink feather egg

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This is a bit of a messy one despite the addition of a stick! Mod podge and pink feathers have been used bit by bit, one by one, to cover a painted pink egg. While egg is wet it has received a trim and a sprinkle of pink /purple glitter.

3D Pic-Tixx Glitter Eggs

Runny Egg

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This is so simple yet totally effective. Just use silver Pic-Tixx 3D glitter on the top centre point of a painted black egg. This is to create a running effect. The Pic-Tixx is thick and would naturally not run well, so you manually create the effect with the easy to use Pic-Tixx applicator pen.

Dark Pink glitter egg

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Again this is an incredible simple look to create. Although we are using 3D Pic-Tixx pens this egg doesn’t require a 3D design. Instead I applied pink Pic-Tixx glitter to that of a metallic pink painted egg and used the tip of my finger to blend the glitter over the entire egg. Note: A finger tip is messy but doesn’t leave the strokes that a brush leaves, therefore creating a better finish.

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As a finishing touch, use some pretty ribbon to tie a bow around the centre of the pink glittered egg once it has dried.

Eggs created with adhesives and tapes

Black & Gold Spotty Egg

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To create this affect randomly add strong glue dots to the body of a black painted egg. Dispense some gold glitter onto a clean surface or paper plate and carefully role the glue dots in the glitter

Metallic Purple Heart Egg

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For this final egg you will need to add some decorative tape around the centre body of a metallic purple painted egg. Then finish off by securing a self adhesive sequinned pink heart to the centre of the egg, in the middle of the tape.

And that’s you done people!

Hope we gave you some polystyrene egg decoration inspiration…

Have any ideas of your own? I’d love to hear them so feel free to comment if desired.

Reference section
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href=”http://www.poundland.co.uk/product-range/a-z/12-polystyrene-easter-eggs/”>”>Polystyrene eggs (12pk) PoundLand
Metallic paints – Baker Ross Ltd
Egg stencils (6pk) PoundLand
Deco pens – Baker Ross Ltd
Pic Tixx 3D Glitter – Baker Ross Ltd

A craft project – Glass Painting

I love working with glass, it’s such a delicate material to craft with, but one that almost always produces brilliant results.

This last month, I’ve been feeling very crafty! I’ve had a bit of an obsession with my Deco and Porcelain paint pens as well as that of Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter.

Both myself and the kids have been busy creating a whole host of stuff. A few weeks ago we designed our own porcelain plates, then we went on to create some porcelain mugs to match. More recently I’ve been using Deco paint pens and Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter to add my own unique stamp to items such as t-shirts and I’m currently in the process of making some boring leggings into some groovy ones!

Apart from the leggings, I’ve been busy jazzing up some glass lanterns for the garden.These, I brought in a really funky shop called ‘Tiger’ it’s kinda like the ikea market place but better.They sell all kinds of stuff from vintage inspired puppets to masquerade masks. I often buy funky bits of stationary and pretty plane glass jars which I use to create pretty gifts for family ( I’m planing on demonstrating how I do this next week).

The glass lanterns have thin metal handles so they can be hung as well as placed on a table. I have brought loads over the summer and at both £1 and £2 (depending on size and colour) they are a great find and I love them.

However despite their already prettiness, I really wanted to put my own stamp on them.This was perfect as I could do almost any funky design without worrying about them matching the decor as these are intended for the garden. I’m a big lover of vintage pastels and French inspired furniture. I’m currently in the processes of restoring furniture to give it that slightly worn shabby chic look.The pastels and French cottage theme is being carried out right throughout the house, so, I’ve decided to bring bright funky colours to the garden… I love glitter but used within the home, unless it’s Christmas, is in my opinion a tad tacky… That’s why I’m glitzing up the back yard instead.

So far I’ve been customising green and pink tinted glass lanterns as well as some clear ones.

I hadn’t created any design or plan! In fact, I’m sure I didn’t even have one in my head… Nope, I had no ideas whatsoever. So, I just went with the flow, putting pen to glass and just doing whatever came into my head right then and now.

What I used:
Deco Paint Pens: These write like a thick felt tip pen, the colour is released from the pen onto almost any service, and it’s only then you can tell its actually acrylic paint your using.

Porcelain Paint pens: These work like those above, except when it comes to porcelain these are much more striking. So, when working with porcelain I’ll be honest when stating… if given the choice out the two I’d go for the porcelain paint pens when using on plates and cups but equally the deco pens when, like now, I’m decorating glass.

Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter: This is absolutely amazing stuff, I love it! It works well on almost any surface, wood, glass, porcelain, china, plastic and even fabric (wash garments at 30’c but be sure to set the glitter on your design with an iron before hand). I’ve found these work amazingly on glass, though there is one colour in my packet of 6 that is much runner than the rest, meaning it isn’t very 3D either.

Glass Lanterns: My pretty garden candle lanterns in pink & green stained glass, as well as my clear glass lanterns were brought from a shop locally to me called ‘Tiger’ unsure if these are online. Each is priced between £1-£2 and they are the perfect size for decorating.

If you can’t find this kind of glassware, clean jam jars and existing votive holders are all possibilities worth considering.

Paint pens and glitter I use can be picked up for a good price at Baker Ross.

I don’t need to give you a step-by-step guide, as it’s as simple as drawing your own design directly onto the glass. However, here is a few tips if your using Deco paint pens or 3D Pic-Tixx.

1) Decorate one side and leave to dry for a good few hours before finally completing the remaining side.

2) If using Deco-Pens as well as Pic-Tixx then opt for darker more striking colours. This works better with the glitter.

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3) Don’t attempt to use Pic-Tixx while Deco paint is still drying! It just gets messy.

4) if any mistakes are made, quickly wipe away with a slightly wet cotton pad and a wet cotton bud for the smaller harder to reach mistakes.

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This is a dead simple but very effective way to create a glass masterpiece or simply jazz up items already found around the home.

Whatever you decided to do… Be sure to have fun while releasing the creativeness from within!

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I hope you feel inspired to give it ago!

A one off design

Armed with a white t-shirt, Deco pens and some Pic Tixx glitter pens, I decided to express some creative flair.

It was simple!

All I did was draw my design on the t-shirt first with pencil and once I was happy with it, I drew over the pencil with black Deco pen.

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Then I added the details… Hair, tattoos, bracelet etc.

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I used Pic Tixx glitter pens to add some sparkle. I especially love the silver that I added to the bracelet and the red strikes of glitter in her hair!

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I did smudge a little of the red! As I went to hang the t-shirt over the door to dry it, I must have accidentally knocked it. Given the Pic Tixx works so well I couldn’t remove it! I therefore plan to add some funky backdrop later on.

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The Pic Tixx Glitter and Deco pens (pack of 6) are from Baker Ross. They are really reasonably priced, £10.99 for the pens and £9.99 for the glitter. They can be used on almost any surface and last a good length of time.

The t-shirt I used was just a plain white tee from ASOS that I’ve had sat in the draw for donkeys years.

So, there you have it! A true one off tee designed by me! Why don’t you get crafty and give it a go!