Paper napkin eggs are easy peasy to make. Kirby demonstrates how:
First, gather your eggs.
Make sure you check for cracks: An already cracked eggshell is more likely to shatter when handled!
Next, we recommend hollowing out the eggshells so that you can use your finished Easter eggs for decorating. No need to worry about spoiling the eggs or wondering whether glue can permeate through the eggshells to the eggs inside!
To hollow out your eggshells, poke a hole in the end of each with a needle or pointy scissors, and dump out the insides. You’ll want to puncture the egg yolk first so that it will come out. If you have trouble getting all the insides out, you can make a second hole on the other end and blow out the insides with a straw.
While you’re waiting for your hollowed-out eggshells to dry, choose the napkins you will use.
Once you’ve decided on your napkins, gather the rest of your supplies: Scissors for cutting the napkins, glue for sticking them to the eggshells, and a toothpick for spreading out the glue.
The Internet tells us kids these days use Mod Podge instead of glue for crafts like these. I am old and behind the times, so I have never used Mod Podge. I stuck with old-fashioned Elmer’s glue. (So old-fashioned that it may be from the last century. It’s been sitting in the drawer for a long time, kids.)
Once you’ve finished reading the ramblings of a stubborn old person on refusing to use new-fangled Mod Podge, start on the fun part! Cut out pieces from your napkins and glue ’em to your eggshells!
Napkins are generally super thin and flimsy, so be careful not to rip the napkins as you glue them on. This is where the toothpick comes in handy: You don’t need very much glue to make your napkins stick, so use the toothpick to spread the glue more thinly across the eggshell. Try to use the entire thickness of the napkin as well: The flower napkins we used were two-ply, but each ply was so thin it was transparent. I started out using just the patterned single ply, but it tore at the first touch of glue. So I ended up using both plies. Our fruity napkins, on the other hand, were one-play, but thicker so that just the single ply was enough to withstand the glue.
That’s all there is to it. Keep cutting and gluing until your heart’s content!
You can be as creative as you want with how your glue on your napkin pieces. If you’d like a simpler egg, you could stop after gluing on just a few pieces. Or you could keep gluing like I did, until your entire eggshell is covered.
May I point out that I managed to fit in my absolute favorite on my fruit/vegetable Easter egg?
When you’re all done, nestle your eggs in Easter grass and show them off to your friends!
A few finer points: I decided to be super picky and tried to avoid any creasing and any overlap in the patterns. This was much harder with the flower napkins than with the fruity ones, since the flower napkins were much more densely patterned. Creases also ended up being inevitable given the curve of the eggshells: This flower looks smooth and uncreased from this angle…
…but is actually full of creases on the edges:
Covering up the holes at the ends was trickier than I had expected. Because paper napkins are so soft (especially when soaked in glue!), it’s hard to pull them taut across the hole without ripping the paper, and the napkins end up with indents where the holes are. With the first egg I made, I didn’t realize that there was still a little bit of water inside the eggshell, which resulted in a stain where the water tried to leak out.
The fruity napkins created a separate issue: One layer did absolutely nothing to hide the hole! My guess is it was a combination of the napkin being all white (and therefore more see-through) and a different, “airier” type of paper from the flower napkins. I patched in a second layer underneath over the hole.
The Internet claims paper napkin Easter eggs take only five minutes each to make. It actually took me 30-60 minutes per egg. Part of the reason was me being super picky. But I also can’t see myself finishing an entire egg in five minutes even if I were in a big rush and not worried about any details. It takes awhile to cut the napkins so that they stick smoothly to the eggshells, instead of with creases everywhere. I also found it hard to work on the second half of an eggshell while the first half was still drying: Napkins wet with glue rip and stick to your fingers when you hold them!
As usual, I took far too many photos, so here’s a gallery of extra photos to keep this page from turning into an endless scrolling experience!
Close-ups of each egg:
For the curious, the black box in the photos is this box that came with all the fake grass and a mug inside:
Netscout gives out lots of spiffy goodies! We have a bunch of Netscout-emblazoned USB multi adapters lying around that come in pretty handy.
I was originally planning to photograph the eggs in this foam bowl:
…but the bowl turned out to be too small for three eggs, and the black box turned out to not be too big after all!
If you are a baby tortoise, don’t forget to sit on your newly finished Easter eggs!
Click here to see the full set of Kirby’s Easter egg photos—and don’t forget to bring him some Easter carrot treats!