Happy Weekend! Happy Easter!

April 6, 2007

Just the right pictures to leave you with for the weekend.

Yesterday, the older 3 kids and I dyed, then découpaged our Easter eggs. For the dye, we used food coloring drops, boiling water and vinegar, mixed. We also gave the boiled eggs a rubdown with vinegar before putting them in the dyebath, and they seemed to take the color more intensely.

For the découpage, we used Maude’s origami paper and two sizes of shaped hole punches. The origami paper was just the right weight. We punched out shapes in the spectrum of colors, then put a bowl of Mod Podge in the middle of the table. Each child had their own sponge brush and they just went to town.

We went through 4 dozen eggs and were still going strong, but the babies woke up from their naps which meant the whole production had to be put away. I wish I had reserved a dozen eggs to work on tonight just by myself. It was very therapeutic. And pretty much every color combination and pattern had some merit about it, so the work was very satisfying as well.

To my Christian Friends: Happy Easter! He is Risen!
To my Jewish Friends: Have a Blessed Passover!

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1 Lindsey April 6, 2007 at 7:35 am

Um, those are the prettiest Easter eggs I’ve ever seen.


2 tina April 6, 2007 at 7:49 am

I love projects like that! Because they are disposable, I don’t feel any anxiety of perfection and just enjoy the process! So satisfying!!

Your eggs look great!!


3 FancyPantsMom April 6, 2007 at 8:38 am

Those are beautiful! I never thought to decoupage them. What a great idea!


4 love.boxes April 6, 2007 at 9:08 am

Love this idea!


5 robin k April 6, 2007 at 9:21 am

Beautiful eggs, Gabby. Happy Easter to you, Ben, Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar and Betty!


6 liz s April 6, 2007 at 9:56 am

so cute! what are you going to do with all those eggs now?


7 Design Mom April 6, 2007 at 10:01 am

Liz, the kids will hunt for them and then we’ll eat them.

We’re already down by almost a dozen, because the kids have eaten the ones that accidentally broke while we were découpaging.

A family of 7 can go through a dozen eggs in a matter of minutes.


8 angel April 6, 2007 at 10:55 am

Those are amazing!! I’ve never once decorated an egg, maybe once in school but that was (if memory serves) with tempura paints, so it wasn’t really worth it.

It’d be a great how-to, I’d love to tackle that once Damien gets a little older!


9 Girl con Queso April 6, 2007 at 11:46 am

What beautiful little treasures! Happy Easter, my friend!


10 Bek April 6, 2007 at 2:14 pm

I love those eggs, they look great..

Just my two kids will eat a dozen hard boiled eggs a day, it is their favorite snack. We are boiling 5 dozen…thank you Costco


11 Elizabeth April 6, 2007 at 4:45 pm

I have so much origami paper. Thanks for sharing this.


12 coffeequeen April 6, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Beautiful eggs. Thank you for sharing such a pretty and doable project!


13 Shauna April 6, 2007 at 6:46 pm

These are truly “decorated” eggs! Beautiful! Happy Easter and enjoy spring break!


14 zobars April 6, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Love those decoupaged eggs. I used to decoupage boxes before having kids and it was very therapeutic when I think back maybe I will do a project with my daughter over this weekend. Thanks design mom for being such an inspiration.


15 Anonymous April 6, 2007 at 11:53 pm

I ran out and bought ModgePodge to decorate eggs tomorrow. And we bought a butterfly shaped hole punch. Can’t wait!


16 laurie April 7, 2007 at 7:08 am

gosh. those are just beautiful. we’re going on an easter egg hunt today where they’re bringing in baby lambs for the kids to pet. wish i had eggs that pretty to put in our baskets.

happy easter to you and your sweet family.


17 sarah starr April 7, 2007 at 9:01 am

Love those eggs!


18 Tara April 7, 2007 at 9:34 am

Wow, your eggs are beautiful. I can’t wait till my little one is old enough for us to tackle something like that.

Come drop by my blog sometime!


19 modmom April 7, 2007 at 4:22 pm

very mod eggs gabrielle!
they did a great job!


20 "Dootz" April 7, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Happy Easter, Gabrielle! He is risen indeed!

I’m sending my wife the link to your site, because she is a designer/artist/mom of three who wants us to move back to nyc.

For now, loving the Boston suburbs.



21 Mom101 April 7, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Ok I am officially a craft-tard. Those are the most gorgeous easter eggs ever.


22 kelly April 7, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Ooohh…brilliant! I can’t wait till next year to copy you. Love your blog and visit often. I’ve linked you on mine (hope you don’t mind ;))


23 Kristi Brooke April 8, 2007 at 7:59 am

Hippy hop, hippity hop.
Will the Easter Bunny stop?
Will he leave a treat behind,
An Easter basket for me to find?

I’ll look over here,
I’ll look over there,
I’ll look behind things,
I’ll look everywhere
I’ll look until I find my treat,
And then I’ll sit right down and eat.

Happy Easter!


24 Lori April 9, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Your eggs are just gorgeous! And it sounds like a project even a goofus like me can do!

Thanks for including the easy steps!


25 Jessica April 10, 2007 at 2:36 am

These are beautiful eggs! I can’t wait to try this next year…if I can remember that far from now!


26 Joanne Lum March 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Love the egg idea! Can I enter the giveaway? Thanks.


27 Karlee March 30, 2010 at 2:40 pm

loved those cushions – and the glass bowl! :)


28 Heather March 30, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Great collection! It would look perfect in my home.


29 Christine March 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I too love your eggs. For whatever reason I can’t view the things that I am sure are lovely from the Nordicetc site…is it that I use a Mac? Glad to find your site.


30 Noreen April 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

I love your tip for making Easter egg colors more intense! They never seem to be quite dark enough. In case you would like to link to it, I added a link to your idea on the Easter egg page:



31 Jamie @ hands on : as we grow April 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm


I’m featuring this on my 2 dozen ideas and techniques to dye Easter Eggs today!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow


32 Cris March 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

So there are no problems with eating the decoupaged eggs? They are beautiful and look fun to do but I am concerned it could/would seep thru the porous egg shells or hairline cracks.


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