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02 March, 2012

A Favorite Spring Project...French Découpage Eggs

026With Easter only a month away and spring fast approaching, I thought I would show you one of my all-time favorite projects that some of you may not have seen before…my French découpage eggs! They are an easy, inexpensive and fun way to add some frenchiness to your spring decor!

010Here 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.

027 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.

058 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.

056 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.

063This 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.

031 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!

002 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.

026 And here’s a final look at my frenchy Easter eggs! What do you think? I am thinking about doing some more this year in a little bit different style. Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my frenchy 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
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday’s Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for the Winter Blues Party and the Bunny Blog Hop

Jaime Lyn at Crafty, Scrappy, Happy for Crafty, Scrappy, Happy me on Thursdays
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila! French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays and Spring Linky Party
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
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!

30 comments:

  1. WHAT A LOVELY PROJECT, I LOVE THAT IT WAS A USE FOR DOLLLAR STORE EGGS, I THINK I MIGHT TRY THIS MYSELF, THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION.

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  2. Love those "frenchie" eggs, especially the one with the drawing!I have everything for that project, gota try some of those. Thanks!
    Carol
    antiquesanduniqueslafayette.wordpress.com

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  3. Can't wait to see what you do this year. Your creative mind is always coming up with new ideas.
    Have a great weekend! ~ Sarah

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  4. These are wonderful. I especially like the architectural motifs on the eggs. Stunning! Cherry Kay

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  5. Love these! You're a mod podge genius!!

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  6. Debbie, these are so cute, I love your frenchyness. Great vignettes too. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Debbie, you never cease to amze me with your great, fun, creative ideas! I'm going to try those darling eggs. I especially love the ones with the scenes on them

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  8. Our tastes run the same way, Debbie! I covered some eggs {a package of paper maiche I found at Michael's one year} a couple of years ago. I just found them in a baggy and took them out. I have no idea how I'm going to display them this year. In our new place I have less surfaces to play with, so I'll have to figure something out. I love the display you've made up with yours!

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  9. Eggs cellent, eggs ceptional, I have a million of them,well, not eggs actly. I'll have to cover mine in the Irish Echo...oh wait, that's in English! :)

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  10. Darling Deb! Love them, I sent you a message on Pinterest showing some blue and white eggs just like these, They would be so perfect in your living room! xo Kathysue

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  11. Your Frenchie eggs are just darling!!! Have a great weekend :o)
    ~Des

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  12. I love the idea of using the French dictionary ..so cleverly beautiful...

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  13. I love this idea and you gave me a good idea....since my house is more travel themed then Frenchy I think I will use state road maps to do my eggs....

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  14. These are fabulous! I'd love to make a whole basket of them! So pretty!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. These are great! I love the eggs with the buildings...they're lovely. I have some paper mache eggs from Hobby Lobby that will be perfect for these. Thank you for the tip on getting a nice smooth finish.

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  17. Hi Debbie,

    Your eggs are beautiful. I just made a few with leopard.

    Dee

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  18. Debbie,
    These eggs are delightful! Adore the one with the castle! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  19. Those are just darling! I love the one with the catherdral on it, too. Great job and they look beautiful! xo Diana

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  20. Love the eggs, I may try to make some.

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  21. Very neat my friend..I use to Mod Podge everything in sight in the seventies many moons ago..I did alot of lamp shades with tissue paper and Mod..Hope you have the BEST weekend ever my dear sweet friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  22. Debbie, your Parisian eggs look perfectly wonderful. You're really making me want to return to Paris! I'm following you on Linky Follower, and would like for you to follow me, too. Thanks, Helen

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  23. Those are just beautiful. I love the french inspired theme. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  24. I love the French theme and the drawings you chose!
    Igottacreate.blogspot.com

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  25. Those eggs are darling. I love anything and everything French; maybe that's why I majored in French in college:)

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  26. Adorable eggs! Isn't Mod Podge wonderful?

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  27. The eggs a are just lovely and the the cat is so cut looking in *smile*.

    Hugs
    Elna

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  28. SOoooo cute! Love the sweet castle egg!

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