Discovering the Art of Paper Mache

Making an Easter Egg Swag with Creative Paper Clay®: Part 1

Making an Easter Egg Swag with Creative Paper Clay®: Part 1

It’s almost that time of year again where we decorate our homes with spring bunnies and Easter eggs, so why not make our own decorations using plastic Easter eggs and some Creative Paper Clay®?

 

Easter Egg Swag

 

What you will need:

Creative Paper Clay®

Plastic Easter eggs  (you may use styrofoam ones also)

Craft paint

Sculpting tools

Jute twine or any ribbon or string you may have on hand

Ribbon for a bow

Glue

Paint brushes

Washi Tape (optional)

Eye Pin Screws

 

STEPS

1. Use a paint brush to cover easter egg with white glue and set aside.

Plastic Easter egg.
Plastic Easter egg covered with glue.

 

2. Break off a piece of paper clay large enough to cover and egg. It doesn’t have to be exact, you can always add more.

3. Using a rolling pin roll out the clay to be approximately between 1/8″ to 1/4″ in thickness. Once again it doesn’t have to be exact. If you don’t have a rolling pin for clay you can use bottle.

Rolling out Creative Paper Clay®
Rolling out Creative Paper Clay®

 

4. Once clay is rolled out place egg in middle of clay and wrap clay around the egg.

Adding Creative Paper Clay®

 

5. Using your thumbs gently push clay spreading it evenly over  the egg.

Adding Creative Paper Clay®

 

6. You also want to make sure the clay forms a tight seal with the surface of the egg so we don’t get air bubbles. Rolling the covered egg in your palms applying gentle pressure helps ensure this.

Adding Creative Paper Clay®
Fully covered with Creative Paper Clay®

5. Now it’s time to smooth the clay.  You can do this with a little water using your fingers and/or a paint brush.  Dip your finger in the water and gently rub on the clay. It immediately begins to become smooth.  You can do the same with a paint brush to smooth out rougher patches and then use your fingers to finish. Take care not to use too much water though or you will get cracks as the clay dries.

 

Smoothing Creative Paper Clay®

Smooth Eggs

 

6.  I decided to add some detail when the clay was wet. This is optional. I looked for a variety of items that could be used to indent patterns in the clay. The end of a pen or marker cap, rubber stamps; the list could be endless. Look around and see what you have.

tools

I used the end of a pen to make some dots on one egg and used a rubber stamp on another.

Adding pattern to Creative Paper Clay® Easter Egg

 

 

I set aside to dry.

Be sure to join me next week for part two of this Easter Egg Swag tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by!

Update! Here is part 2.

 



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