I love Japanese paper but I often end up with lots of leftover paper scraps or pieces of unused origami paper. What can I make with origami paper that isn’t origami? How about this awesome Easter themed craft of hollow paper eggs!
The materials I used were:
•one hollow eggshell
• Nori Paste (a great slow-drying water soluble glue perfect for paper projects)
• Liquitex Gloss Acrylic Varnish OR Gloss Mod Podge (Mod podge not recommended for humid areas)
• origami paper
Below I use regular inexpensive origami paper, but for the best effect I recommend Japanese Yuzen origami paper or Chiyogami paper, it glues down more easily and has beautiful gold accents.
What’s the difference? The inexpensive origami paper is thinner, and is basically like a color photocopy of the real Yuzen and Chiyogami paper, which is silkscreened by hand with individual layers of paint, on a higher quality handmade “rice paper” (it’s actually made from the mulberry plant). Make sure to order the 5 7/8″x 5 7/8″ size.
Here are the directions and photos on how to make a decoupage Easter egg:
Fold your paper over about 3/4″ in on both sides as a cutting guide
cut into your paper, about 1/4 inch strips
Cut your paper fringe into a “picket fence” – point all the ends
here’s your finished piece of paper
paste the center part of the paper with Nori Paste
put your egg on the pasted paper
smooth down the paste around the center
Open up the paper “petals” to make putting the glue on the fringe easier.
paste some of the fringe
stick down the fringe, overlapping each piece as you go.
keep on pasting!
Pasting the final strips
You can speed up drying with a blowdryer
Apply 3 layers of Mod Podge or Acrylic Gloss Varnish, drying between each layer
Here is my piece of paper, a brush for paste and the egg
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