It seems that the craft bug has bitten me again—oh, dear! And, once again, I’ve crafted something that I don’t plan on keeping.
I’ve actually been planning this craft project for quite some time now, and actually had planned to do a total of six eggs. But shortly after I blew out the first two eggs, life got a little crazy and I never got around to hollowing out the other four. And for a while I even considered tossing out the first two shells and forgetting about the project all together.
But last weekend I decided I needed to at least create the two eggs, so I sat down and started crafting. I figured it would be a simple, one-day project, but I learned two things:
- The tissue paper I chose for the base was too thin and tore very easily when soaked in my homemade decoupage paste
- The light colour of the paper meant that the brown of the egg shell came through which wouldn’t look nice once I put the butterfly cut outs on top
After learning these lessons, I finished the first layer then left the eggs to dry. Then the next day I went back over the eggs with a heavier base paper (another tissue paper, but thicker) then added the butterflies. Then in the afternoon, I went out to find some clear coat to put over it all (something like shellac) but couldn’t find anything. Which meant that my back-up plan had to be put in motion: Clear nail varnish!
So, there you have it. Two decoupage eggs and I didn’t have to purchase any supplies! (But you could, if you wanted.) Here’s what I used:
- Two eggs, blown out and air-dried
- Tissue paper (the first lot was from a gift, the second lot was wrapped around flowers)
- Small paper shopping bag (this is where the butterfly cut outs came from)
- Decoupage paste (made with equal parts of basic white glue and water)
- Clear nail varnish
And now that they’re done, I am going to package them to send to a friend who may or may not like them. (But I hope that she appreciates the thought either way!)
I wonder what crafty project I can get up to next weekend …