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Fancy Decoupage Easter Egg Box Craft Tutorial + Supplies


These fancy egg boxes are so much fun to make and can be customized and embellished scores of ways with different mixes of Dresden foil embellishments and charming rice paper images.  If you're new to decoupage, fear not -- it's a rewarding technique that's hard to resist.  Another decoupage egg box project can be found HERE and a floral egg box project is HERE.

Supplies: Egg Boxes, Dresden Borders and Corners + Embellishments, Rice Paper Sheets, Mod Podge or Decoupage Glue, Metallic Paint, Clear-Drying Craft Glue (Alleen's Tacky Glue), Scissors, Paint Brushes, Pencil + Eraser

Step 1: Tear images from rice paper sheets and determine placement on egg box.  Tearing the images leaves edges frayed and rough which is ideal for a smoother, more border-less application.

Step 2: Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the egg box where the image will be placed.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the rice paper image.  Place image on egg and gently press into place.  The image will lay down on the curve of the egg with slight overlaps and folds in the design. Paint a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the design, taking care not to "rough" the fibers of the paper and scuff the image.  Repeat for each additional image.  Let dry completely (generally over an hour). 


Step 3: Use pencil to draw an oval shape around image.  If this step is frustrating, use a tape measure to measure  approx. 1-1/4" from the sides of the egg, top, and bottom and make small marks in each place.  Use the marks as a guide to draw your oval.


Step 4: Paint egg up to pencil line with two coats of metallic paint.  Let dry.

Step 5: Add Dresden borders: Glue small Dresden border along pencil line around image.  Small trim can be gently bent for ease of applying along curve.  Glue larger border along edge of egg. Let dry.

Step 6: Glue embellishments along edge of small border to create a fancy frame effect.

Step 7: Repeat process for other half of egg box.


Tips: Dresden border (DFW278) is ideal to place around the image-- it has a symmetrical design and bends well.

Try cutting small elements from larger Dresden corners.  The green box, below left, uses two floral sprigs cut from larger rose corners.  The yellow box in the example above uses flower and leaf pieces cut from the same rose corners.

It's OK if your pencil line, paint and Dresden border touches or slightly covers the image -- it simply adds to the look of the image in a frame.

Paint an even and generous coat (or several lighter coats) of Mod Podge over your images -- the idea is to seal the image as well as adhere it to the egg box.  You'll be amazed and delighted at how a generous coat seems to level out and disappear once dry.

We used Antique Gold or Silver Dresden pieces to contrast with the metallic paint colors, but using colorful Dresdens will also yield a beautiful result.

It requires about 12" of Dresden border to edge one half of an egg box -- so about 24" per egg.

Your egg halves don't have to match: Try using similar but different images on each side of your egg, like the blue and green eggs below.  You can also turn your egg sideways, as in the green egg.





4-1/2" Unfinished White Easter Egg Container ~ Germany

4-1/2" Unfinished White Easter Egg Container ~ Germany

$4.95

Antique Gold Dresden Scalloped Floral Trim ~ 3/8" wide

Antique Gold Dresden Scalloped Floral Trim ~ 3/8" wide

$3.95

Blue Easter Bunnies Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Blue Easter Bunnies Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Happy Easter Bouquets with Eggs and Flowers Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Happy Easter Bouquets with Eggs and Flowers Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Silver Dresden Scalloped Floral Trim ~ 3/8" wide

Silver Dresden Scalloped Floral Trim ~ 3/8" wide

$3.95

Aqua Dresden Scalloped Floral Trim ~ 3/8" wide

Aqua Dresden Scalloped Floral Trim ~ 3/8" wide

$3.95

Steel Blue Dresden Scalloped Floral Trim ~ 3/8" wide

Steel Blue Dresden Scalloped Floral Trim ~ 3/8" wide

$3.95

Easter Angels in Eggs Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Easter Angels in Eggs Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Easter Angels with Eggs Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Easter Angels with Eggs Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Easter Bunnies and Chicks Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Easter Bunnies and Chicks Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Easter Bunnies with Baskets Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Easter Bunnies with Baskets Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Easter Bunny Egg House Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Easter Bunny Egg House Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Easter Bunny Egg Parade Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Easter Bunny Egg Parade Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Easter Girls in Eggs and Bonnets Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Easter Girls in Eggs and Bonnets Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Eggs and Chicks with Flowers Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Eggs and Chicks with Flowers Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Ephemera Easter Eggs and Baskets with Flowers Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Ephemera Easter Eggs and Baskets with Flowers Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Gold Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide

Gold Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide

$2.95

Old Fashioned Easter Bunnies Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Old Fashioned Easter Bunnies Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Old Fashioned Easter Bunny Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Old Fashioned Easter Bunny Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Old Fashioned Easter Chicks Collage Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Old Fashioned Easter Chicks Collage Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Silver Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide

Silver Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide

$2.95

Vintage Easter Bunnies Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Vintage Easter Bunnies Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Vintage Easter Girls Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Vintage Easter Girls Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Aqua Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide

Aqua Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide

$2.95

Chinoiserie Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

Chinoiserie Rice Paper Decoupage Sheet ~ Italy

$3.25

Steel Blue Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide

Steel Blue Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide

$2.95

Antique Gold Dresden Petite Flower Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Antique Gold Dresden Petite Flower Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$2.95

Antique Gold Dresden Scalloped Trim ~ 1/2" wide

Antique Gold Dresden Scalloped Trim ~ 1/2" wide

$3.95

Aqua Dresden Petite Flower Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Aqua Dresden Petite Flower Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$2.95

Silver Dresden Petite Flower Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Silver Dresden Petite Flower Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$2.95

Silver Dresden Scalloped Trim ~ 1/2" wide

Silver Dresden Scalloped Trim ~ 1/2" wide

$3.95

Steel Blue Dresden Petite Flower Trim ~ 1/8" wide

Steel Blue Dresden Petite Flower Trim ~ 1/8" wide

$2.95

Aqua Dresden Scalloped Trim ~ 1/2" wide

Aqua Dresden Scalloped Trim ~ 1/2" wide

$3.95

Steel Blue Dresden Scalloped Trim ~ 1/2" wide

Steel Blue Dresden Scalloped Trim ~ 1/2" wide

$3.95

Antique Gold Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 1/2" wide

Antique Gold Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 1/2" wide

$3.95

Silver Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 1/2" wide

Silver Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 1/2" wide

$3.95

Aqua Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 1/2" wide

Aqua Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 1/2" wide

$3.95

Petite Antique Gold Dresden Foil Frames + Corners ~ 2

Petite Antique Gold Dresden Foil Frames + Corners ~ 2

$4.95

Petite Silver Dresden Foil Frames + Corners ~ 2

Petite Silver Dresden Foil Frames + Corners ~ 2

$4.95

New!
Antique Gold Dresden Foil Celtic Flourishes  and Corners ~ 12

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Celtic Flourishes and Corners ~ 12

$4.95

New!
Antique Gold Dresden Foil Ornate Flourishes  and Corners ~ 12

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Ornate Flourishes and Corners ~ 12

$4.95

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Ornate Flourishes ~ 14

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Ornate Flourishes ~ 14

$3.95

New!
Silver Dresden Foil Celtic Flourishes  and Corners ~ 12

Silver Dresden Foil Celtic Flourishes and Corners ~ 12

$4.95

New!