Looking for a cool new Easter decorating idea? Check out these adorable DIY glowing Easter eggs! Made with tissue paper and Mod Podge, these outdoor Easter decorations are sure to be a neighborhood favorite!
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I came up with the idea for these eggs after searching around for some new Easter decorations but failed to find many outdoor options. There were a few cute ideas but I wanted to make something really unique.
Hence, the concept for the glowing Easter Eggs was born!
But what to use?
I had heard of Mod Podge being used as a type of paper-mâché glue previously, so I decided to do a little research! Apparently, there’s a whole blog dedicated to everything Mod Podge! It’s called Mod Podge Rocks and if you haven’t checked it out, you should.
The actual egg material needed to be semi-transparent so that the light inside could shine through. I decided tissue paper would be the best option due to it’s variety of colors and transparency.
They turned out AMAZING!
This DIY project is great to make with kids, is fairly inexpensive, and it adds a magical touch to your outdoor Easter decor!
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Here are a few things to keep in mind before starting:
- The eggs will be fairly light-weight and could be blown around by gusts of wind. Consider placing a rock on the inside to weigh them down.
- The eggs need 48 hours of drying time before being placed outside. Keep that in mind if working under any time constraints.
- The Mod Podge will not create a super hard shell as some paper-mâché does. The eggs will be flexible. Therefore, I don’t recommend placing anything on top of them. If the eggs get dented, however, it’s super easy to pop the dents out and reshape if necessary!
- You can stuff the eggs with old plastic bags or other packing material to safely store for future years.
- I used battery operated LED tealights but you could also use battery operated string lights if you have them on hand.
Ideas for where to place them:
- On your porch
- Under bushes
- In a flower garden
- Hanging from trees
- Around a mailbox
- Around a deck
- The list could go on and on!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these super-cool outdoor easter decorations:
- Mod Podge (you can get some from Amazon here)
- Several colors of tissue paper (each egg needs 6-8 full sheets)
- Clear gloss waterproof spray sealant (This is the one I used)
- Balloons (one per egg)
- Battery-operated tea light candles (These ones have rave reviews on Amazon)
- 1 Large Paint Brush
- Disposable cups
- A pin for popping
- Optional: any additional décor you’d like to add such as glitter, ribbon, buttons etc.
Here’s what to do:
- Cut the tissue paper into 2-inch squares. It’s easiest to cut the sheets into strips, compile the strips, and then cut those into squares.
- Blow the balloons up to the desired egg size.
- Create the glue mixture. In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup of mod podge with 3-4 Tablespoons of water. The goal is to achieve a consistency that allows you to dip and coat the tissue paper easily. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary.
- Dip the tissue paper into the glue. Collect a bundle of 3-4 tissue paper squares to dip and then lay together at the top of the balloon (where the knot is tied).
- Repeat this process, working around the balloon, until you get to the bottom. Make sure that each area of the balloon has at least 3-4 tissue paper squares covering it.
- Leave a 3-4 inch circle uncovered at the bottom of the balloon. This will allow for an opening to insert the tealight and/or objects to weigh the egg down.
- Dry. Place the balloon on a disposable cup to dry for 12-24 hours.
- Paint a layer of pure Mod Podge over the eggs for added durability. I recommend tying a string to the balloon knot and hanging it to dry for 24 hours.
- Pop the balloon. It probably won’t pop with a bang, rather, it will slowly loosen itself from the inside of the tissue paper. You might have to help it a bit. Don’t worry if the egg concaves, it’s easy to pop it back out from the inside.
- If adding glitter, now is the time to do it. Any other decor can wait until after the sealant.
- Then, spray the inside and out with 3 coats of clear waterproof sealant. This step is important because Mod Podge is not waterproof. Allow to dry.
- Finally, add any kind of additional decor you like! Then, insert the little lights and have fun placing them around your home!
These glowing Easter eggs make for some super fun outdoor Easter decorations and will be loved for years to come!
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