Joyeuses Pâques! – French Easter Eggs

Every year for Easter I love decorating eggs. My daughter and I have made glitter eggs, decoupage eggs, Ukranian Pisanky eggs, etc. This year I wanted to express my love for everything French.

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I love this black and white vintage French egg (above) from Bonya. And the romatique one from Nostalgi och Romantik (below) featuring French typography is exquisite.

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I loved both so much that I decided to knock them off! I bought a few ceramic eggs from Hobby Lobby and painted them soft pastel colors. I love color rather than the simple black and white.

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I copied some French typography designs from The Graphics Fairy (see above). You could also just do a search for French typography images on Google. Using Microsoft Word, I pasted the images in reverse and resized them to fit eggs. Many of the images online are already in reverse so you don’t have to do it yourself.

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I used a transfer method from Graphix Rub-Onz. I carefully followed their directions for transferring the black and white designs onto the eggs, which included printing the images on their matte paper first. I ended up cutting the images into small pieces before transferring them onto the egg because some of the images were too big and wouldn’t lay flat. The clear sheet that sticks to the egg can get difficult to handle and often curls up and causes bumps. I pressed firmly and pulled off the bumpy residue with my finger nail. At first it can look a little messy, but the vintage French shabby chic look isn’t neat and perfect anyway.

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Because the images were on a shiny surface you noticed the cutout of each. I sprayed the entire surface of each egg with a glossy clear enamel. Now the entire egg is glossy and shiny.

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J’aime mes beaux oeufs de Pâques français. I love my beautiful French Easter eggs! The entire process took about 5 hours, so it is time-consuming. I also recommend using ceramic or wooden eggs. The eggs are handled and pressed on quite a bit. Fragile real eggs might break.

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Joyeuses Paques! Happy Easter. I hope you have been inspired to create your own beautiful French Easter eggs.

 

Global Easter Egg traditions…

Greek Easter eggs at www.chew.hu/hungarian_husvet_calls_for_egg/

Traditional red Greek Easter eggs

Painted Easter eggs have always been a part of celebrating Easter throughout the world. The art of decorating Easter eggs (pysanky in the Ukraine) dates back to pagan rituals of Spring. Once Eastern Europe was Christianized by Saint Contantine the Great, they took on a deeper more spiritual meaning – reflecting the blood of Christ during His passion and the coming of new life in His resurrection. Every Pascha (Easter in Greek) Greeks and many Eastern European countries reflect this belief by dying thier eggs red. In Greece the red eggs are handed out after the Resurrection (Easter) service. Children bump their boiled and colored eggs together, and the winner is the one egg that didn’t crack. Many Greeks also fill the emptied dyed eggs with confetti which adds a celebratory dramatic effect to the traditional game. Whether you’re Greek, Ukrainian, Polish, Italian or African, the Easter egg, symbolizing the new life of Christ, has always been a part of the Paschal tradition.

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Traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs.

Romanian Easter Eggs at www.thehungariangirl.com

Romanian Easter Eggs

Hungarian Easter eggs at thehungariangirl.com

Hungarian Easter eggs

russianeastereggs@04arvara.wordpress.com

Russian Easter eggs.

South African eggs from sharonhowell.org/wp-includes/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs-i2.jpg

Easter eggs from South Africa.

Polish Easter eggs at lithaz.org/info/easter/easter03/seven_po.jpg

Polish Easter eggs.

koreaneastereggs@sjkoreancatholic.org

Korean Easter eggs.

Caribbean Easter eggs at guia-viagens.aeiou.pt/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Easter-eggs-617x462.jpg

Caribbean Easter eggs

Below, are my very own version of Pysanky eggs. I took a Ukranian Easter Egg class at a local church to learn how to do it. I also bought some books online to use as design reference guides. You can buy kits and even the eggs online!

Ukranian Easter eggs from globalknockoffs.com

My very own Ukranian Easter eggs!

Books to help with technique and design.

 

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Ukranian Easter Egg Kit