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16 April, 2011

French Découpage Eggs

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CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage EggsI am taking a little break from my grandbaby bloggy break to show you my most recent project…French découpage eggs! It’s something I have been wanting to try since I tried my hand with sheet music at Christmas. And I have to say that I am pretty pleased with the result.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage EggsHere is how they started out…a package of plastic eggs from Dollar Tree, an old French-English dictionary from Goodwill for $2.50 and a left-over supply of Mod Podge. I work with the matte finish to add the paper and add two final coats of the luster finish to give them a little shine. It’s a water-based product, so if it has gotten a little thick, you can add a little water to thin it down. I should add that the eggs have a little plastic hinge that protrudes and had to be cut off with a knife before I started.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage Eggs And here is how they turned out! I used the method that I described in my sheet music ornament post for two of them, using small strips added individually. For the château egg, I used one picture to cover the entire egg. You can see it in the photo above.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage Eggs I will give you a closer look at each of them. It’s hard to make them perfect, but the imperfection is part of the beauty to me. I will tell you a secret for making them smoother, though. I let the first coat of the two final coats of Mod Podge dry for about 30 minutes, then I dry it with the hair dryer on low for a minute or so. Afterward, it is slightly tacky to the touch. Next I gently take it in my hands and press it all over, sealing the overlaps and smoothing it.Then I add the final coat. It really gives a more finished look to the egg.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage Eggs I used the dictionary to create this one. Hmmm…I think I will find an old French paperback for my next one. A little too much English showed up. However, I added the words Joyeuses Pâques…Happy Easter…to give it a little more frenchy flavor.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage Eggs This one is my first attempt at using one drawing to cover the entire egg. I cut the picture in a rectangle a little wider and longer than the egg and then cut in at intervals from the top and the bottom, leaving the center one-third intact. I smoothed and overlapped these sections as I worked in the Mod Podge. Next time, I think  I would make the cuts a little narrower, but I was trying to save as much as I could of the original appearance of the château drawing.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage Eggs Of course, our co-host Baby Kitty had to check out the work. Don’t you love the little silver nest cup? It was a gift from my sweet friend Pat. What a pleasant surprise to find it in my mailbox at the end of my first week of helping with my little grandson…a fun but tiring time. The little crowned bird came from Michaels and was half price at $2.49…a real steal!
CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage Eggs And I had to add this one…my Notre-Dame Cathedral egg made with some Parisian inspired wrapping paper that I found for half-price at Hobby Lobby! It is also made with one drawing covering the entire egg. I think this one is my favorite. Click here to see more things that I have done with the paper.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Découpage Eggs And here’s a final look at my frenchy Easter eggs! What do you think? I have a few more Spring tricks up my sleeve, but I had better hurry! And now…if you will excuse me…I am back to grandmothering…the best job I have ever had! Please forgive me if I am slow to visit. A little someone keeps demanding my attention!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my French découpage eggs!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!

Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Kara at Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Leigh at Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday
Jill at French Cupboard for Voilà! French Inspiration on Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
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  1. Love your eggs! How cute they turned out. If I had time I might try these but looks like not this year. I'm home for a couple of days taking a Grandma break but then it's back to my little one also! Enjoy your Grandmother duties as I know I'm enjoying mine. hugs, Linda

  2. Deb, I knew I would see a post with your pretty D-eggs!!! I love the one with the castles too!! These are perfect for your Frenchy Home xo Kathysue

  3. I love your "French-i-fied" Easter Eggs! This is a great idea. Thanks for showing us how you did it.

  4. Your vignette is so cute Debbie! Lovin' the "Happy Easter" egg-enjoy:@)

  5. very cute....hope your enjoying that new grandbaby....

  6. So Frenchy... love what you've done. Can't believe all you have done with the sheet music!!

  7. Very pretty shots! You really are the most creative! Fun but tiring describes it, my mom always said it a lot of fun and love but nice to hand them back so she could rest :)

  8. Debbie,
    Oh,la-la! Your Frenchy eggs are marvelous darling! Love the photo of Baby Kitty sniffing around...inspection time, indeed!Creative and inspiring post!!!

  9. I love these! I might just have to make a few!

  10. I really, really want to make these, do you think I'll do it in time! Loved your tip...

  11. Debbie, Love your French decoupage eggs and the vignette.
    I haven't done decoupaging since the '80s. I remember it was messy but so much fun.

    How's the grandbaby doing? I know you're loving taking care of him.
    Have a great weekend and give that grandbaby a hug from me.

  12. Those are the cutest eggs, Debbie!

  13. Debbie, I love your eggs. They are just the cutest. Love the little vignette you've done also. Isn't that little cup from Pat the cutest thing ever!!! Enjoy the grands. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  14. Your favorite is MY favorite!! They are all just beautiful...thanks so much for the instructions, I'd love to try this.

    Give that cute little baby a kiss from me!


  15. Hi Debbie,
    I'm with Baby Kitty, I love your frenchy eggs. So cute.


  16. Great job on the eggs. I D' some eggs too on my blog. I used just the colored top sheet of cocktail napkins.
    I also used eggs that I've been blowing out for weeks!
    I like the dictionary idea, and sheet music. I'll try those next. It's very messy!

  17. Hi Debbie! How's that little darling baby doing? Hope we'll get to see a snap. I love your eggs! :) You're so smart and these look so good.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. Debbie, LOVE the eggs! They are so cute! I would use them all Spring and Summer! I love the bird with the crown too!

    Enjoy your time with that little one....

    Lou Cinda

  19. Debbie, you are always up to something clever! These decoupage eggs are very Frenchy. Makes me want to make some of these for moi. Clever idea to keep the chateau as a whole and cut into the image to smooth each end. It turned out great, but I bet it was a bit tricky to pull off.
    Keep on rocking, granny! ~ Sarah

  20. Love the eggs... They have turned out... wonderful...!!

    Have a great weekend !!

  21. What a clever project, Debbie. They turned out really nice...Christine

  22. Salut Debbie! J'adore les oeufs - surtout celui avec le chateau. Je suis triste que nous n'ayons pas acheté le grand "atlas" francais - tant pis pour nous! Bien fait, mon amie! Linda

  23. Love this idea! We will be having a black and white holiday table this year, and if I have time this week I will try your idea for the much fun!

  24. Hi Debbie, I really like your frenchy eggs and the nest cup is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this project at my party. Take care!

  25. Love your eggs and that little crowned bird. Michael's has had some great stuff lately!

  26. Adorable little eggs! This is a great idea.

  27. Very cute! I made some with wooden eggs not too long ago. But then didn't like the different colors of paper I used and tossed them. Now why did I do that? Could have repurposed. At least I think I tossed them...

  28. How frenchy and how clever Debbie!
    You are so creative my dear!
    Hugs to you,
    Enjoy that grand-baby too!

  29. Wow Debbie, those are just beautiful! What a clever thing to do, I want to try it too!

    Thanks for sharing.


  30. Debbie, That favorite egg of yours is so,so cute! I used some pretty paper napkins to decoupage my eggs, although I would love to find me a Frenchy novel or dictionary to create some more. :-) hugs, Sue

  31. CUTE! These look like they would require patience! LOL! I do love how yours turned out. I bet if I were sitting next to you I would enjoy a project like this.

    Congratulations on your new little grandson. I hope things are going well.


  32. They came out great! Now let's hope le bunny speaks French! Mine doesn't, he speaks CHOCOLATE!

  33. Debbie,
    You always have the BEST DIY projects...thank you for always sharing them at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS party:)


  34. Hi there...visiting from NTT, these are adorable :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  35. Debbie - Love the music sheet wrapped eggs - adorable! I have featured these today. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! P.S. Congratulations!! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  36. Love it! Must try it! Your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon!

  37. I love these. I keep saying I am going to decoupage something and I never get around to it.

  38. Your eggs are beautiful!!
    Happy Easter!
    ~ Julie

  39. Oh wow, I love those eggs. GReat explanation too. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a good week.

  40. Hi Debbie,
    Your eggs turned out great. I've made some before also...So much fun to make. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  41. They're adorable Debbie! I'm about to try the same process on a dress form. I've never mod podged before so wish me luck! *winks* I'll be so happy if it turns out half as well as your eggs. Vanna

  42. Those are so cute. I've been wanting to do some decoupage. Mod podging is fun! Thanks for the inspiration.

  43. Your eggs turned out so well! I love them. You're inspiring me. It would be great if you shared this post at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  44. These turned out so cute! I have already bookmarked these for next year! thanks for joining TTF! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

  45. Debbie, these are fantastic! I will be sure to pick up clearance eggs after Easter so I can do this next year. Thanks for the inspiration!


  46. Debbie,
    These are really cute. I love the graphics you used. Have a lovely Easter! Thanks for linking up!

  47. Your eggs are so wonderful. I am inspired to go into my studio to try this project.
    Thanks for sharing.

  48. Hi there Debbie~ What darling eggs!! I love them all decoupaged and pretty and your egg cup is just adorable!! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :) Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  49. Great job on these, love them!!! Thanks for linking up for VIF!

  50. I am going to have to try one of these. They look so cute, specially the chateau.

  51. So cute. How smart. The little castle and french words. Even kitty likes them! Everything is just gorgeous!

  52. I love how your cat is smelling them.


  53. I just made a ModPodge project this weekend - my first time using it. Thank you for the tutorial. I didn't know to put two coats of ModPodge on the finished project. I can see why because mine had papers still sticking out. Also, when I was looking for ModPodge in the store there are so many kinds! Thanks for discussing the matte vs luster kind. I want to make some of these eggs now.

  54. Hi, I found you via a Pinterest pic & SO glad I did!!! These are absolutely adorable, turned out brilliantly! I luurve your pussycat - cats are my other great passion. Thank you for such inspiration. I will now be an avid follower!! Caroline from a snowy UK :))

  55. You should put them in a little basket with Easter grass. Very colorful and cute. Creative and fun.


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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