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Silly Face Easter Eggs

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

Oh, the Silly Face Easter Eggs. I originally saw the idea to put a family photo on eggs here a couple years ago (and then again here last year) and I’m FINALLY getting to creating these. It was so fun. I decided to add a few extras with a bit of acrylic paint. Some cheeks. A mustache. Maybe a little hair bow. So easy. I think we will recreate these for Easter, and I will add the paint AFTER the kiddo is in bed and tell her the Easter bunny did it. Yes. Good plan. I’m so excited! I’ll also be stalking the facebook pages of my family members to borrow some photos for more Easter egg photos. A whole family of photo eggs. Ok, want to make these for yourself? Here’s how:

Supplies:

- 12ish extra large eggs

- tracing paper or vellum paper

- Mod Podge

- paint (colors are up to you)

- super fine point paint brush

- scissors and printer

- Optional: Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer

Directions:

- Boil your eggs.

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

- Pick out the photos you’d like to use (I suggest images with a full head/face in the image). If you have some Photoshop knowledge, use photoshop to cut the background behind the faces you want to use. If no Photoshop, no worries! Just use the whole image. Resize the image to make the head about 1.5 inches to 2 inches wide. Arrange your little images on a 8 x 10 size file. Put your piece of vellum or tracing paper into your printer and print the page. Side note: My printer is fairly new, so it handled the delicate paper pretty well, I’m not sure how this will work with other printers. 

- Optional: Use your Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer to spray a very light coat of spray on the print. Mod Podge tends to make printed image ink run. The spray will stop that. I didn’t use the spray, so it’s completely up to you. 

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

- Use your scissors to cut out the heads from your pictures. Use Mod Podge to adhere the faces to the eggs, plus a light layer of Mod Podge on the face. Let dry completely.

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

- Here’s the fun part. Use your fine point paint brush and paint to add some goodies to your eggs. I painted on little flowers, rosy cheeks, mustaches and beards, sunglasses, and bow ties to my eggs. I love how they turned out. The painting part took about 5 minutes for 10 eggs. Super fast and fun.

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

That’s it! You’re done. Let the Easter Bunny hide those eggs and have a grand ‘ol Easter.

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs GIF // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones, or “shell hits”, are said to bring luck and fortune to the person whose head you break the egg over. Typically Cascarones are filled with confetti, but I decided to add a couple of treats and turn these eggs into a countdown to Easter: the Easter Egg Surprise Countdown. While we won’t be breaking these eggs over our head, I did want to make these creations exciting for my 4-year-old. Here’s how I made them…

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- a dozen-ish eggs

- egg dye

- confetti

- mini mini toys that can fit inside an egg + stickers + chocolate

- mod podge

- paper

- optional: tissue & glitter

Directions:

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- First, let’s prep the eggs. Tap the “bottom” (opposite of the pointy/skinny end of the egg) with a butter knife. When you make a little break in the egg, use your fingers to chip away the shell to make a 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide hole (the size depends on what you’re putting in the egg). Wash the eggs with soap and water (inside and out) and let dry completely. Psst: why not make some fried rice with the egg yolks?

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Set up your egg dye and dye the egg shells. Let the eggs dry completely (maybe overnight).

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Fill the eggs with the confetti, stickers, chocolate, and mini toys. My kiddo REALLY wanted to help me with this part, so I let her put all the confetti in. When she wasn’t looking, I popped in the toys/stickers/chocolate and it will be a fun surprise for her!

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Let’s seal the eggs. I punched out some 1.5 inch paper circles and mod podged them over the hole.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Optional: you can just stick with the paper over the holes here, or you can cover up some more! I chose to cover the paper with colored tissue, them brushed a layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper and dipped into a cup of glitter.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Let the glue dry completely, and start your Easter countdown!

I only made 8 eggs, so I’m going to have to hear my kiddo asking, “Is it time to start the Easter countdown yet?” For a couple more weeks. Whoops.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Side note: I have seen a few creations that put bird seed in the cascarones, instead of the confetti. That way if you do break them outside, it’s not littering (and hard to clean up) if you leave some seed for the birdies.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Little Egg Succulent Planter

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Well. These are adorable. I was trying to find something fun and different to do with my Easter eggs. The Little Egg Succulent Planter turned out pretty cute. Make one and keep it for yourself, or make a lot and give to your friends or use as place markers for your holiday dinner.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- 1 raw egg

- needle

- 1 small succulent

- cactus dirt

- black permanent pen

- optional: egg holder

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Directions:

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Time to prep the egg. Use your needle to poke holes in a line sound the pointy top of the egg.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Use your fingers to beak the egg along the line of needle holes.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Write a little love note on your egg with the permanent pen. I wrote “happy spring”, “for you”, and drew a heart. Tip: dye the egg shells first, then write a note on the egg. Fun!

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Plant your succulent in the egg. Tip: use a little chop stick to push down the loose dirt. 

Keep this little egg gift for yourself, or give to a friend. I gave these eggs to my neighbors. Or, you could use the Egg Succulent Planters for place markers this Easter at your dinner table.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Decoupage Easter Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

I know. Easter isn’t until April 20th, but I like making things and I like decorating eggs… So that’s what’s up. Hee! We decorated eggs all weekend at my home. First up, a pressed flower Decoupage Easter Egg. I saw this idea FOREVER ago on the Martha Stewart site, so I decided to make my own version. I used these pressed flowers for an old project from a long time ago (my flower frame). Now I’m using them for this project. I’ve included the printout for you to make your own! Here’s how you can do it…

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- mod Podge

- old brush

- pressed flower printout

- scissors

- white eggs (boiled or blown out)

- skewers

- optional: needle, small bead, and thread

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

Directions:

- Prep your eggs. Boil them, or blow out the yolk for a more permanent decoration.

- Print and cut out the pressed flower printout. Optional: spray a light coat of acrylic sealer on the printout. The Mod Podge could make the printout ink bleed and the spray will prevent that. I did not use spray this time.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Cut out the flowers (leaving a little white border around the flower image, or don’t leave a white border… that’s just a lot of work).

- If you are working with a blown out egg: Put a skewer through the bottom hole in the egg (this makes it easier to mod podge the flowers on).

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Brush a light layer of Mod Podge on the back of a flower cutout and press the flower on an egg. Repeat with as many flowers/leaves you would like on your egg. Tip: don’t cover the bottom or top hole of a blown out egg.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Brush on a coat of Mod Podge over all the paper flowers on the egg. Let dry overnight. If you’re mod podging flowers on a boiled egg, you’re done here! If you are working with a blown out egg, continue below.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Grab your needle, bead, and thread. With the threaded needle, push it through the top hole of the egg. Jiggle the egg around until the needle falls through the bottom hole. Keep a little thread sticking out the top egg hole. Knot the bead at the bottom portion of the egg. Pull the thread through and tie a loop to hang the egg from.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Now, let’s cover up that bottom hole. Grab one more flower to mod podge to the bottom. Let the dry for a few hours.

- Hang your egg and enjoy! This would also be a cute gift.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

Happy super early Easter!

- Chelsey

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