How to Make Chinoiserie Easter Eggs With Cocktail Napkins And Mod Podge

March 11, 2021

Today I'm sharing how to make chinoiserie Easter eggs with cocktail napkins and Mod Podge. 

orange jute carrots blue basket handle chinoiserie eggs

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And the chinoiserie saga continues. I'm really on a roll (no pun intended) with these DIY chinoiserie projects. This time it's a seasonal one: DIY chinoiserie Easter eggs. After DIYing my own chinoiserie pumpkins and chinoiserie vases I felt totally prepared to take on this project. And you can, too.



How To Make Chinoiserie Easter Eggs 


5. wax paper or parchment paper


blue white napkins china bowl basket

Start by cutting up your cocktail napkins. For an Easter egg transformation I cut smaller pieces of napkin as opposed to larger pieces like I used for my chinoiserie vase. This is why having precision crafting scissors is so important. I've come to rely on mine for all my decoupage projects.

I began by cutting up each square (there are 4 squares to each flattened out napkin) of the napkin into 4" long by 1/4" wide strips. 

blue china basket chinoiserie easter eggs cocktail napkins

Then I cut each strip into halves. You might not be able to see it in the above photo but the strips have been cut in half at their midpoint.

 porcelain egg container chinoiserie egg

Using your flat-edged paint brush, apply some Mod Podge onto the surface of the egg. Then gently and carefully apply a piece of cut-up napkin strip to the area. Once positioned, you should go over it with more Mod Podge for a finishing protective coat. Don't worry about wrinkles. Just smooth the wet napkin gently with your paint brush as best you can and let it dry.

Continue all the way around the egg until you have the whole thing covered with napkin. You will probably end up with some small blank spots here and there which you can fill in with small pieces of napkin later.  

 NOTE: I've read MANY tutorials on how to do this and most, if not all, tell you to pull the napkin's three layers apart and only use the top layer. Layers two and three are white.

But I believe two layers are optimum because: 1. It's easier to work with two layers (less likely to rip or tear). 2. It's less wrinkly. 3. Overall coverage and color vibrancy is much better.

aerial view chinoiserie egg carton

You can place the egg in progress onto some parchment or wax paper while it dries. You can also place them in an old empty egg carton or porcelain faux egg carton that will cradle them gently while they dry.

 After decoupaging the napkin strips all the way around, I then covered the top and bottom of the egg. I cut the pieces of napkin for the top and bottom of the egg into rounds rather than strips since those areas are round-shaped.

My most detailed description by far of how to do this decoupage chinoiserie technique can be found in my How To Make Chinoiserie Pumpkins post. You can always refer to those instructions if you still have any questions.

porcelain chinoiserie Easter basket

I couldn't have been more thrilled with how beautiful they turned out.

blue white basket Easter eggs

I also couldn't think of a better place to display them than in my barn sale chinoiserie porcelain basket. 

DIY chinoiserie egg mantel decor

I think it's a match made in heaven.

chinoiserie cocktail napkins DIY decoupage eggs

Dollar Tree green moss Easter bunnies chinoiserie eggs

I couldn't help myself -- just for a bit of whimsy I added some Dollar Tree moss bunnies. 

DIY decoupage blue white chinoiserie eggs


chinoiserie mantel decor DIY eggs basket tulips

And what says spring and Easter better than brightly colored tulips?

garden tulip bouquets chinoiserie Easter eggs

blue white chinoiserie ginger jar cache pot topiary

Fresh Carrots cutting board Easter basket

I fell in love with the "Fresh Carrots" decorative cutting board in the background. I found it at Dollar Tree!

rustic elegant Easter decor cutting board carrot

decoupaged Easter eggs porcelain basket


farmhouse Easter decor orange jute wrapped carrots

The  adorable orange jute-wrapped carrots are also from Dollar Tree.

orange jute carrots chinoiserie eggs
It's always fun mixing rustic (carrots and cutting board) and elegant (chinoiserie eggs and porcelain basket) decor.

Fresh Carrot Cottontail Farms cutting board

rustic carrots cutting board chinoiserie eggs

Which display is your favorite? I love them all! My DIY chinoiserie adventures are far from over. But for now I'm going to savor the moment as I'm loving on these beautiful chinoiserie Easter eggs.

Well, that's it until next time, friends! 

I hope you enjoyed reading about

  How To Make Chinoiserie Easter Eggs

With Cocktail Napkins And Mod Podge

 and that I've inspired you in some way.
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My thrift store addiction said...

These are really lovely, Kathleen, and your display with the carrots is perfection! Pinning!

Linda Nelson said...

These eggs are lovely, such a heavenly blue.

Junkchiccottage said...

The little eggs are so pretty. Some of the napkins out have such beautiful patterns. Happy St. Patrick's Day. xoxo

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Featuring these stunningly beautiful eggs when my link party opens!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Kathleen, these sweet little eggs really do look lovely.
Thank you for sharing them at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your project at tonight's party and pinning too.

Dee | said...

How pretty! Pinned for later.

Angie {The Happy Gardener} said...

These are so beautiful. Lately, I have been in a chinoiserie kick and I am going to have to try this.

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