March 30, 2012

Easy Silhouette Easter Eggs

I love the charm and old fashioned elegance of the silhouette.

For this year's Easter eggs I decided to stray from the usual palette of pastel & polka-dotted whimsy; opting instead to play off the natural alabaster of the eggshell with a sharp contrast of elegant black.

The wonderful thing about this technique is that it doesn't require special transfer paper or expensive equipment. 

If you have some white tissue paper, Mod Podge, a glue stick and a printer, you can make Silhouette Easter Eggs without spending a penny!

Silhouette Easter Eggs

Eggs (hard boiled if you plan to eat them, or blown if you want to keep them)
White tissue paper (ironed flat if it's wrinkly)
Silhouette images (I used the beautiful free images from The Graphics Fairy)
A sheet of copy paper
A glue stick (I like the Elmer's Craft Bond Repositionable)
Mod Podge
Paint brush
An old gift card or club card to use as a refining tool 

Step 1:  Find some silhouette images that you like.  I found mine from my favorite source of free vintage graphics, The Graphics Fairy.  Copy the images and paste them in to a word processing document.  I resized my images to approx. 2" high (or wide for the horizontal oriented graphics).

Step 2:  Run your glue stick along the top edge of a piece of copy paper.

Step 3:  Lay a piece of tissue paper on top and press to adhere along the glue line.

Step 4:  Trim tissue paper so that it is the same size as the copy paper.  Feed in to printer so that document will print on the tissue side (glue end first).  Print silhouette document using a "DRAFT" setting.  This will avoid saturating the tissue with too much ink, which could bleed later in the process.

Step 5:  Cut a silhouette from the tissue paper, trimming tight to the edges with just a slight white border.

Step 6:  Brush Mod Podge of the section of the egg where the silhouette will be applied.  Apply tissue silhouette, upside down so that the ink side contacts the glue and egg.

Step 7:  Brush Mod Podge on to of the tissue silhouette, using the brush to flatten the tissue and work out any air bubbles or wrinkles.  You can also use a finger, gently, to smooth out the tissue.  It took me an egg or two to perfect the technique.  Don't get discouraged.  A few wrinkles is okay.  You'll buff them out in a later step.  Set egg aside to dry.

Step 8:  When Mod Podge has dried, use the edge of an old gift card or store club card to smooth out any remaining wrinkles.

Display and enjoy!

This post has been linked-up with:
The Easter Crafts Spring Project Linkup @ Honeybear Lane
Countdown to Spring party @ Domestically Speaking
The Easter Flash Craft-Off at Craft Quickies 
and featured on Apartment Therapy
Easter Week @ A Girl & a Glue Glun



  1. Wow, what a neat way to dress up an egg!

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  2. I LOVE this idea! They turned out really pretty.

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    1. Agreed! Love how these are both sophisticated and playful...and best of all, easy! So many gorgeous Easter egg crafts seem to require so much time and delicate work. This is such a fresh alternative with vintage charm. Great idea!

  4. These are really beautiful!! I pinned this to my Spring/Easter Board. SO lovely : )

  5. Wow, so classy! I love these!!

  6. Talk about cute and easy! Thanks for sharing!

  7. LOVE LOVE this idea. Super elegant. Love silhouettes. I just made an Easter bunny Silhouette framed art That I just posted to my blog :)

  8. Jenn! These are the most elegant and fantastic eggs! Thank you for sharing your brilliant tutorial and for sharing at this week's BFF Open House.

  9. Jenn these are just lovely! I cannot wait to try this technique!

  10. Those are so classy and beautiful. Great job!

  11. I really love this project Jenn!! They look so cute in the nests too! Thanks for the link. I'm off to Pin this now!

  12. Super cute and easy (love that!) I love the idea of decorating in non-pastels for Easter. I would have liked to have done that this year but I just decorated today! Maybe next year... Thanks for sharing!

  13. Brilliant Jenn! Love how you printed on tissue paper. Very cool!

  14. Love this so much that I had to feature it as part of my link party wrap up! Please feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like!

  15. This is such a lovely idea! Printing on tissue paper! Brilliant! And pasting the ink side to the egg. They are lovely clean shapes and make a real change from the usual Thank you for sharing.

  16. I tried that tissue paper awhile back and mine crumbled in the printer.
    But, now I will try again, using your instructions.
    I love how these turned out, so clean and crisp and I love silhouettes, too.

  17. Ahhhh! You are always coming up with the coolest stuffffffff!!!!

  18. These are absolutely gorgeous, I'll definitely be giving this technique a whirl a some point! :D

  19. They look amazing! and what a great idea! thank you for sharing, have a nice day!

  20. Superb idea! I must try this technique.. Too good..
    Thanks for linking up at friday fun party

  21. wow Jenn I love this so much... posted on my FB page for YoT ( -:

  22. This is one of the greatest tutorials I've ever seen because it combines all the things I love about crafting: inexpensive, easy, and looks AMAZING.

    I couldn't stop myself from linking to it on my blog!

  23. Great tutorial and I love the gluing the tissue paper to the printer paper tip, which is new to me. Love these, and will definitely be making them next Easter. Thanks for sharing them.

  24. Brilliant! Thank you for the tutorial--your eggs are beautiful!

  25. Fantastic technique! Thanks!!! I found you on Graphics Fairy!

  26. Oh, I really like this. If I can do Lazertran I can do this, right? I'm going to try it. Madleyn will love this. I may do it on a dozen eggs in the fridge just for a fun surprise when we bake and cook together. Love the new design too. Hope all is well with you, things are wonderful here.


  27. Oh, man!! We are SO going to do this this Easter! My youngest daughter (now 15, gulp) and I just adore silhouettes. It's perfect! Thank you!


  28. These are awesome! I'm totally going to try this method sometime (hopefully this Easter.) Thanks for linking up!

  29. These are gorgeous and I MUST attempt them. If mine turn out HALF as good as yours, I will post and link to your page.
    Thanks for sharing.

  30. These are adorable! Thanks for joining in on the party, featuring in my round up today.

  31. Very clever idea. Thanks for the easy tutorial. I'm visiting from The Shop Around The Corner. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  32. Love this idea, thank you so much for sharing!

  33. This is so unique and seems relatively easy so I am showcasing it on my easter egg round up

  34. What a fantastic idea! ...Thanks for the easy guide.

  35. i love these! featured these today

  36. What an incredible idea! Thanks for sharing it here


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