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Egg Decorating Ideas – Napkin Decoupage Eggs

| February 25, 2013 | 16 Comments

Decoupage is the “lastest” thing here at Red Ted Art – we are trying out all sorts of different things to decoupage, including this Easter Egg Decorating idea: Napkin decoupage. We have used thing flower catalogues to decoupage and it work fine (nice and colourful). The great thing about napkins, is that they are super thin, therefore give you a neater finish and come in all sorts of lovely decorations.

Egg Decorating Ideas - decoupage

We were at a friend’s house for lunch and they had these pretty red napkins. I seized the opportunity and asked to take one home. One napkin is enough for at least 2 eggs and possibly a third (depending on which part of the pattern you are focusing on). How thrifty is that? Later we were at my in law’s house and she had the pretty blossom napkin AND a white egg for me. Whoop whoop.

Napkin decoupage eggs

Materials: “blown” eggs, napkin, nail scissors (better for cutting small patterns), decoupage glue

1) Follow my egg blowing instructions to “blow” you egg shell out clean. Make sure your egg shells are fully dry before you start!

Decoupage Easter Egg Decoration

2) Cut out your patterns as neatly as possible – I focused on two large pieces for either side of the egg and then some flowers and leaves as “fillers”. It is good to cut a little more than you will need, as once you start sticking, you don’t want to put things down to cut out more pieces. My napkin came in 3 layers – try and remove the 2 unnecessary layers under your pattern.

To avoid wrinkles: cut smallish designs, you can also nip the design in strategic places to help it “fold” and then when you add the decoupage glue, that will help smooth it out. The key really is that you are using one layer of a 3 ply napkin, which is very thin.

Egg Decorating Ideas - Napkin Decoupage

3) Dab the egg with decoupage glue.

4) Add your pattern. And apply more glue over the top. Be very gentle – pat the glue if necessary. As the napkin can tear.

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas - decoupage

5) I had to put the egg down and let dry a little before I continued, as my fingers were sticking to the napkin and damaging it. So if need be, do this in “two sittings per egg”. I have shared the above photo so you can see that it all looks a bit messy at this stage.

6) Fill in any gaps. Let dry fully. I didn’t expect for the white part of the napkin would dry “clear”, but I think it is quite a nice side effect. Our egg was brown, so the final egg is brown with the red pattern. You could always colour your egg with food dyes first.

7) Re-open the hole from the egg blowing and insert a thread and hang.


The best thing about this technique, is that the egg decorating ideas are endless – napkins do come in so many different designs and colours. Butterflies would look wonderful. My kids would adore bunnies and I think flowers would be pretty too. Just check what napkins you have at home or what your local shop currently has available.

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  1. Oh Maggy, these are splendid! So much more beautiful than the freaky ‘eye’ eggs my boys were doing yesterday!! (will show you later)

    A x

  2. knitty Mummy says:

    So glad to hear someone still calling it decoupage. I’ll not be responsible for my actions the next time I hear someone call it “decopatch” – thats a company who sells kit to do this not the technique.

  3. Mum of One says:

    So so pretty! Am definitely going to give this a go!

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Knitty Mummy – I know!!

    Mum of One – do have a go, they are very satisfying and make great gifts!

  5. These are SO pretty!! You have a ton of great egg decorating ideas, so much fun!

  6. Anita says:

    Adorable, I will make them for persian new year
    Thanks for sharing such a great idea

  7. Agata Marc says:

    I love this napkin decoupage eggs, I made some last year and they were a hit! The only difference was that I used a normal glue-stick which worked as well and didn’t make my hands so sticky as the decoupage glue does. Oh, and it got dry in seconds! (Actually, I was totally experimenting, as I had never seen napkin decoupage eggs before).
    I’m surely gonna make some more napkin-eggs with my kids this year!

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