Thursday, March 24, 2011

Music Paper Eggs

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!
See?


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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17 comments:

  1. I love these eggs made with music paper! I made them using newspaper, and you are so right- this is a really messy craft. I also had a hard time figuring out where to put them while they dried. However, your results are wonderful. They look so sweet tied with the string.

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  2. So pretty! The music paper makes them so classic looking!

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  3. They turned out great! I love the music paper. I think any hen would be proud to sit on these,lol

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  4. Kim this is such a great rendition of the music paper egg! I love how you tied the twine around them. Please come link up to my party today @ http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-8.html

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  5. Love the change! great idea
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  6. I hate plastic eggs, too. These are pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I hate plastic eggs, too. These are pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. These eggs are really cute! A great use for all those plastic eggs!

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  9. These are so beautiful! I'm going to have to try this. Thanks!

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  10. They are beautiful! Great project. Followed your blog :D

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  11. Hi Kim, you are too funny!I love the way you changed up those plastic eggs. If I were a hen, I'd happily sit on these :)

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  12. Love your music eggs! I covered some earlier this month with fabric strips -- isn't it fun making something pretty with those cheap plastic eggs?!

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  13. I had to laugh, Kim, because I went through the same thing with plain paper maiche eggs! I was so sorry I started but since I already had the paper ready and Mod Podge all over my hands I carried on! I don't know if I'd do it again, but once dried they didn't look as bad as I thought they were going to. Love the addition of the jute to yours!

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  14. These turned out wonderful, and yes I'm another who doesn't like plastic eggs.Catch up and see what I did to styrofoam eggs...Your idea is very inspiration, I heART it!
    yvette@twistedvines

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  15. I think you'll want to put a facebook icon to your website. I just bookmarked the url, however I had to do this by hand. Simply my $.02 :)

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