I knew that I wanted my Easter Island to incorporate some of my Blue and White China pieces, and when I found these paper napkins a few weeks ago, I knew I'd found the perfect finishing detail to my design. You can see the rest of my island design HERE.
These eggs are VERY easy to make. The trick is to find napkins that have a large random design. If you try to use a pattern that repeats in a specific pattern, it won't look good on the egg. Remember that you are dealing with a curved and reducing shape, so you have to work around that.
Here are the supplies you'll need:
~Faux eggs (or blown out eggs, but these are so easy to break!)
~Mod Podge (I used the Glossy formula because I wanted them shiny)
Remove the 1 or 2 sheets of backing that are on the napkin. It sometimes help to make a small tear in the edge so that you can see a difference between the front piece of napkin and the backing. Most will only have one sheet of backing (this is a 3-ply napkin I'm using and sometimes it will say on the package how many there are).
The napkins I used are 3-ply, so I needed to remove 2 sheets of backing before I used it. You can skip this step, but I don't recommend it...the extra paper makes it hard to get a smooth surface and adds a lot of extra bulk around the corners when you're doing a rounded surface like this. It's best to get it down to a "tissue paper-like" working texture.
Then I simply cut the napkins into a rough circle shape and began gluing them on with the Mod Podge, pressing down the edges with the brush. When I had covered the egg with the piece, I attached small pieces of torn napkin to fill in any areas where it didn't cover originally. This is why you want a napkin that has a random pattern or you will be able to tell that the pattern does not line up.
It took me about 30 minutes start to finish to cover 6 eggs, and I let them dry for 2 hours before I placed them in the display.
You can do this with the standard plastic eggs that open, but you'll want to tape down the seam first to try to minimize them breaking open. Also, the seam will be somewhat visible depending on the thickness of your napkin. I found my SEAMLESS Faux-eggs at Wal-Mart for $2.00 dozen...they are the bomb!
Try this technique today and let me know how they turn out for you!