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

Kids Easter Crafts – Egg Puppets

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Me and the children have had a great deal of fun making fab little egg puppets.

You may be thinking ‘What is this crazy lady talking about, who makes puppets out of eggs?’

These are actually made from Polystyrene eggs so there won’t be any messy accidents involved (well, if you don’t include the gloppy mod podge and paint mixture, that is)!

The puppets are great to make with kids. There are endless possibilities when creating these. With the magic of their imagination these puppets can be created in a variety of designs! This is a real great alternative to traditional Easter crafts and one we’ve enjoyed immensely.

To make these you will need…

Polystyrene eggs, 1 per puppet Make as many as you desire. (PoundLand 12pk)
Pink acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Black paint
Deco Art pens or markers (black & red)
Glitter
Mod podge
Sticky eyes (Baker Ross ltd)
White bow embellishment
Glue dot
Sticks (i’ve used some long white lolly sticks, which are ideal as they don’t have sharp points)

Any other items you want to jazz up your puppets (beads for earrings, bows as hair accessories etc)

I’m going to simply demonstrate how to create a rather basic egg puppet. You can jazz these up how you wish, change the colour of the hair and skin with different paints etc.

First I took one of my sticks and pieced the centre bottom of the egg (the flattest end).

Then I painted the egg in pink paint. I mixed around 4 parts white to 2 parts pink to create the desired shade for my puppets skin tone. The stick also makes the process much easier and less messy which is why I’d advise inserting your sticks into your eggs as a first step. Give egg two thin coats being careful to avoid drips.

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Once dry (within 20 minutes) I was then ready to apply my puppets hair. For this I mixed some mod podge gloss, some dark blue course glitter and black paint. (I roughly used 3 parts glue to 6 parts paint) this is to ensure the mixture remained black and didn’t turn grey.

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I them painted the mixture onto my egg to create the hair of my puppet. The added glue makes the mixture dry really glossy and the glitter not only gives it subtle hints of sparkle but a good course texture too.

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I left to dry for a least an hour before using a red deco art paint pen to add my puppets mouth.

The nose was added with a black deco pen which I also used to outline the lips.

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One of the final details was the eyes in which I used sticky eyes that I got from baker Ross (excellent as they have so many designs to add character to your puppets).

I left it for a while to ensure the paint was properly set before giving my entire egg puppet a coat of mod podge. Sometimes traces of paint end up on your brush once mod podge is applied, however this isn’t a problem so don’t worry about it.

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Lastly, add a glue dot to the head where the hair parts and securing a white bow embellishment in place.

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And that’s it! You can make allsorts of great egg puppets. These include people, animals, princesses and kings… Make plain old simple ones like that above or fancy ones like some of these below…

MR Duck:

Made with yellow paint, sponge, sticky eyes and feathers

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MR Alien (Glow in the dark egg puppet)

Made simply using Green & black paint, glow in the dark paint, Yellow Deco pen, sticky eyes and a piece of fur.

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Then all that’s left to do is have fun playing with your egg puppets. We have a great little puppet studio, the perfect place to put on a show.

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And finally here’s a super quick round up off some other great Easter Crafts for kids I’ve found online…

Right at the top we have the ever fabulous Naturestore with her fab Easter Potato Printing

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One of my all time favourite blogs for fun kids activity and crafts, ‘Mummy Mummy Mum‘ shows us how to make funky, dingy little hats for our eggs.

Over on the Blog ‘Me and My Shadow‘ you can find out how to create the most simplistic, yet super cute bunny cards.

Domestic Goddess demonstrates how to put together a cute fluffy bunny wreath…

While Mama Owl shares some great ideas from tissue paper eggs to the most delicious looking Easter cake.

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