Here's a secret.
I don't like plastic eggs.
Whew. Glad that's off my chest.
Last year I tried painting them, like, the day before Easter. It wasn't pretty.
Was. Not. Pretty.
Have I mentioned how I don't like to prime anything first? Anyway, if you want to know what happens to a plastic egg when you paint it with craft paint and don't prime it first, well then, I'm your go to gal.
So this year, giving myself PLENTY of time before the big floppy-earred guy arrives, I pulled out my son's stash of plastic eggs.
Then I pulled out a recent thrift store find of a music hymnal.
Then I got my Modge Podge.
And went to work:
My friends. This is a messy craft. Messy. It also requires patience. I don't like messy and having to be patient. But I persevered. You can cut the paper in strips, squares, circles, whatever you want. I cut my paper in maybe 1 1/2" squares. Some smaller, some larger. You really don't have to be precise. I painted some Modge Podge on a section of the egg, then painted it on the back of the paper strip, then I put the paper on the egg and smoothed it down (with my fingers) and then Modge Podged over that. The thinner your paper, the easier. Mine was probably copy paper thickness.
Project words of wisdom:
- Forget about having a smooth egg. Wrinkles are in.
- You will get Modge Podge all over your hands (and under your nails).
- Don't answer the phone with Modge Podge on your hands. Just sayin'.
- Eggs roll.
- Perhaps use an egg carton to set them on while drying. But don't let any glue touch the egg carton or they'll stick to it.
- I actually didn't use an egg carton, so they dried (and rolled) all over my table.
- Don't let anyone fool you. This is not "just a two hour project."
- Did I mention the patience and mess part? Okay.
- The finished project is SO worth it!
After they dried, I just tied some jute around them. Aren't they awesome?
Seriously. If I was a hen, I'd sit on these.
I actually want to make more. I think I like plastic eggs now.
(Did I just say that?)
Until next time,
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