Thursday, April 7, 2011

Paper Mache Easter Eggs: Non-Wreath Door Decor

Paper Mache! A bunch of you smart people guessed correctly that we were working on a paper mache project from my Crafty Sneak Peek yesterday!
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We started our project with some old newspapers, glue, and a giant plastic Easter egg that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. That was the only thing I could think of to use as a mold for our paper mache eggs, so I used a 40% off coupon and got it and two smaller eggs for around $12. Henry helped me tear up the strips of newspaper, then all three boys got their hands {and the rest of their bodies} dirty helping me cover the giant plastic Easter egg with the strips of newspaper coated in a mixture of water and glue. We put on about three layers of newsprint, then they got bored and ran off:)
After the newsprint layers were dry, I added a layer of torn up white printer paper....that way I could just glitter right over the white paper without painting, but the white paper also makes painting a little easier too.
After drying for two days, Jason carefully cut all the way around the egg with a blade and popped the two paper mache egg halves off the plastic egg. Now it was time to pretty up my eggs:) I got out some Martha Stewart glitter, glue, a foam brush, and a few pieces of wax paper to catch the excess glitter.
I poured the glue onto the egg, spread it around with a foam brush,and then sprinkled on the glitter as evenly as possible. I worked section by section and let each color dry well so that when I was shaking off the excess glitter the colors didn't mix.
After the eggs were pretty well coated with glitter I took them outside and sprayed them down with a clear coat to protect it from moisture and to keep the glitter from getting on everything!
After the clear coat was dry, I used my hot glue gun to add some decorative rick rack between the different colors of glitter.
The last thing I did was poke a small hole through the top of the egg to add a piece of ribbon for hanging. I tied a bow at the top of the ribbon and then tied a double knot at the end of the ribbon inside the egg to keep it in place.
And here they are fun and sparkly hanging on my front door!
I love that they are different than a normal wreath and I love that my kids actually got to help me make them...they just didn't get to help with the glitter part {it was messy enough without them helping}!

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22 comments:

Kmama said...

So cute!! I also love that they aren't your typical door wreath!

Nichol said...

They are super cute. I love them. You are such a creative mom!

Foursons said...

Nice job! That project has so many steps and so much potential for a huge mess- I am impressed that you did it!

Trisha said...

Very cute! I love a good messy project!! & anything the kids help with is even better!

Darcie said...

Now I feel slightly dumb for not guessing just what it was. I LOVE it, and how you made it for each door! Your door is always so festive, and i am sure you bring a lot of cheer to all the neighbors.

Joanna said...

What a cute {and fun} project! We usually do a few little Easter things inside and I have a bunny wreath for the front door. I'd love to really get into decorating for all the holidays but it seems that time and money really are in my way. :-)

Carrie said...

So clever and CUTE! I love that idea! I haven't decorated for Easter this year...I only have an egg wreath on the front door and a smaller one hanging on our pantry door. Dan just put all the Christmas decorations away that I threw in the basement...he was getting tired of them! ha! I lost motivation :-)

Love this idea!

Jolene said...

Absolutely A D O R A B L E!!!!! I LOVE IT!

Chef Penny said...

Great job! I'm gonna steal this idea and do a cross! THanks!

Paula said...

What a unique and fun door decoration!

I love Easter decorations. There are bunnies all over my house!

Angie said...

Great job! These are super cute!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

oh boy..do I love these!!?!?

Not to jinx it..but the house we want has a double door entry - I would love to start making decorations in 2s :)

1 Funky Woman said...

OMGosh, I'm in love! This is the cutesy Easter door I've ever seen!

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Megan

~Shari said...

This is adorable!
My dear grand daughter is enchanted with this. She wants to make one for our house..

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

They look so cute!

heidi said...

How clever and cute!

Miller Racing Family said...

What a fabulous project. I love that the boys got to help out. I might have to pass this along to Trey!
Hope all is well with your family.
Blessings!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Whoa! Those looked huge in the pic! LOL However, I am totally diggin' on them instead of a wreath. Great job!

LacyHolly said...

This is super cute!!! I love it!

Jami said...

Fun door eggs!!! Love how it was a family effort! I hope you stop by the Tuesday To Do party and share them!

http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/04/tuesday-to-do-5-and-4-list-makers.html

Smiles!
Jami

Dee said...

THey look great! I love them!

Sailing with bare feet said...

Love it !! Super fun



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