To commemorate Easter I wanted to share a fun Easter egg craft with you that you can do with your family this weekend. I call them Stained Glass Eggs because the finish reminds me of pretty stained glass windows that you'd find in an old church. I got the original idea and instructions from a blog called Wee Folk Art.
You can do this with real eggs or go the more lasting (less breakable) route with some pastel-colored plastic eggs from the store.
Boiled/blown eggs, or plastic eggs (I selected the lightest colored plastic eggs from the package)
Colored tissue paper
2 sponge brushes or flat-head paintbrushes
Water in a small dish
Oh, and you'll want some "egg-holders". I recommend finding a cardboard paper-towel or toilet paper roll and cutting it into small circle sections, or using soda or milk bottle lids. These will be very useful for the drying process.
1. Tear up your tissue paper into small pieces - I did rough 1" by 1" squares, but they can be strips or any shape you choose.
2. Dipping your sponge brush in the dish of water, lightly wet an egg. (We'll work one egg at a time at this point.) You don't want it soaking/dripping wet, just damp all over.
3. Press a piece of tissue paper to the egg - the paper will stick because of the dampness. Lightly brush more water on top of your tissue paper with the sponge brush/paintbrush until it fully adheres to the curvature of the egg. Repeat this step with your pieces of tissue paper until the entire egg is covered.
(I held the egg while I did this step - this photo was staged...)
(VERY IMPORTANT - do not let the eggs dry too much or the tissue paper will crumble off the egg when you move to the Mod Podge step below)
5. Pour out some Mod Podge on a paper plate. With a dry sponge brush/paintbrush, gently cover the exposed portions of the eggs (the portion above the "egg-holder") with a thin layer of Mod Podge. I held the egg with 2 fingers and used a dabbing-type motion with the brush so I wouldn't tear the tissue paper off. If the tissue paper has dried too much and starts to flake off, just take your time and adhere it to the egg with the Mod Podge. Let dry completely.
That's it! Display your eggs in a centerpiece or use the plastic egg version for an Easter Egg hunt. The plastic ones can be saved for years to come!