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DIY Papier Mache Easter Egg Centerpiece

Create a striking table centerpiece this Easter using a variety of large papier-mache eggs in pretty pastels accented with gold leaf.

DIY Papier Mache Easter Egg Centerpiece | Oh Happy Day!

DIY Papier Mache Easter Egg Centerpiece | Oh Happy Day!DIY Papier Mache Easter Egg Centerpiece | Oh Happy Day!

Materials needed: 11″ balloons, 5″ balloons, newspaper, flour, water, bowl, string, white acrylic paint, colorful acrylic paint, paintbrush, gilding “size”, gold leaf sheets,¬†cotton gilding gloves,¬†gloss polymer paint (or Mod Podge,) scissors

Step 1: Blow up the amount of desired balloons.
Step 2: Suspend balloons with string to allow them to maintain their egg-like shape.
Step 3: Paper mache balloons. We used a 1:1 mixture of flour and cold water. Do two or three layers. Allow 24 hours to dry between each layer.
Step 4: Paint the dry balloons with a white primer, then paint with the colors your choose. Let dry.
Step 5: Apply the gilding size in sporadic patches across the egg. This is where the gold leaf will stick. Allow 15 minutes to get tacky.
Step 6: Apply gold leaf to the tacky parts and pat gently into place with gloves. Wait 30 minutes.
Step 7: With your gloves, gently brush off the excess gold leaf.
Step 8: Apply a clear coat of gloss polymer paint over the entire egg. Let dry for 24 hours.
Step 9: Cut down the balloons from the string, removing the knotted part of the balloon as well.
Step 10: Patch the top with a single layer of paper mache, paint to match, and let dry.

DIY Papier Mache Easter Egg Centerpiece | Oh Happy Day!

Crafting by Naomi Julia Satake

  1. Daphne @ Be Frenchie

    March 16, 2016

    That’s a great way to create large Easter eggs. And has they’re super light, they could even be suspended to make a ceiling installation. Thanks !

  2. Michelle

    March 16, 2016

    This is so cute, I love the gold leaf details. They look a bit like small globes in different colours!

  3. Paige

    March 16, 2016

    These eggs are gorgeous! I’m obsessed!


  4. sasha

    March 16, 2016

    I love it! So creative! I really like the gold foil detailing on the eggs. This would make a beautiful display piece. Great DIY!

  5. Kari

    March 16, 2016

    Those look like so much fun to make!

  6. Amanda

    March 16, 2016

    So fun and fancy! I can see using this for a lot of different parties.!Designer-Peeves/cmbz/5697dd6a0cf2e94e3fb7a77c

  7. Hilde

    March 17, 2016

    Aw these are so nice! I am far too excited about Easter and totally want to make these now. Just made these yesterday:

  8. Cintia

    March 17, 2016

  9. Joanna

    March 23, 2016

    Such a great idea! I have to try it:)

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