Easter Eggstravaganza: How to make an Easter Egg Shadow Box

I love the fact that Eggstravaganza Week lets me showcase so many different ways to decorate Easter eggs, like this Easter Egg Shadow Box. This Easter Egg Shadow Box has a folk art style and vintage flair, and is a keepsake craft for sure. You’ll use just half an egg, so why not make two – one for you and one to give as a gift. (And don’t forget about the Crafts, Coffee & Candy giveaway.)

Don't spend a fortune buying this folk art shadow box in the store. Make it yourself! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easter Egg Shadow Box by Denise White.

To make an Easter Egg Shadow Box, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” egg
  • Box, large enough to fit the egg (Denise used a paper maché box with a scalloped lid)
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet (for background)
  • Paper clay
  • Acrylic craft paints: white, sea green, purple, pink and light blue
  • Antiquing medium
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; rolling pin; sandpaper; paper towels; pencil; flat and liner paintbrushes

To make an Easter Egg Shadow Box:

1. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut the egg of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam in half lengthwise. Save one half for another project.

2. Roll out paper clay, and cover the half egg. Let dry completely. Fill in any cracks with more paper clay and let dry. Sand lightly; some texture will give it folk art character.

3. Paint egg white with the flat brush. Paint two – three coats of white paint, letting dry between coats, till egg is covered.

A folk art egg you can make yourself with paper clay and an egg of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Your painting doesn’t have to be perfect. Imperfections are part of the charm of folk art.

4. Using a pencil, lightly draw your design on the egg. (If you’re confident in your painting skills, you can paint freehand instead.) Denise painted on sea green stripes; a purple wavy line; a pink zig zag; and pink and purple polka dots. Let paint dry.

5. When dry, very lightly sand the egg to give it a worn look. Paint with antiquing medium, and then quickly wipe off the stain with a paper towel. This should give the egg an antiqued look.

6. Paint the display box. Michelle used both the top and bottom of the box, and fit the bottom of the box into the box lid, and painted both together. Let paint dry. Lightly sand the box to give it a worn appearance.

7. Cut scrapbook paper to fit on the inside back of the box. Glue in place. Center egg, and glue into box.

Are you wondering about the Crafts, Coffee & Candy Easter Eggstravaganza prize? You could win:

  • One dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • A $25 gift card to your favorite craft store (choose from Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores and Hobby Lobby)
  • A craft apron
  • Starbuck’s Via Coffee
  • Easter candy – of course!

To enter, just follow along during Easter Eggstravaganza week and leave a comment each day. The more comments you leave, the more entries you have. I’ll announce a winner on Thursday, April 3.

Today’s question: What’s your favorite crafting season? Do you spring into crafting in the springtime? Go crazy for Christmas crafting? Tell me when you really get your craft on.

Happy Easter Egg Crafting.


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29 Responses to Easter Eggstravaganza: How to make an Easter Egg Shadow Box

  1. Sar Tann says:

    Very Interesting! I’ve never used paper clay and think this is an eggcellent way to become introduced to it.

  2. dani says:

    As so many others have said, the shadow box could be adapted in so many other ways! I love the detail in the tutorial for how to get the antique effects!

  3. magilmer says:

    Adorable and beautiful!

  4. CraftyB says:

    Beautiful! I like this twist on the Easter egg décor.

  5. Angie Dyer says:

    Great ideas! Could also use 1/2 of a large pencil box, a large candy box (empty from Valentine’s Day), or a cigar box as the base for this project!

  6. studiorose says:

    Love this; it could be adapted for so many seasons. My favorite to decorate for is Halloween.

  7. How cool is that shadow box. I am getting some supplies next week when I go into town to make this cute project. Thanks

  8. Nancy D says:

    I love to craft for fall. It’s my favorite season and I love to make witches and pumpkin people. But I have to do some crafting every day and if it involves paper clay I’m in!

    • Sharon says:

      Designer Denise white also made a Halloween shadow box with paper clay and Styrofoam Brand Foam. I’ll have to see if I can add it to the lineup later this year. Sharon

  9. rfnancy says:

    Up until this year, Christmas has been my Crazy Crafting. Last Summer though I really went to Town with Halloween, Thanksgiving and now Easter too. Sometimes, I think too much of all the things I want to make and run out of time. Love your receiving your daily post with all the ideas!! Nancy

  10. Very cute, & different from the regular Easter deco!

  11. Diane Whitmarshby says:

    I enjoy crafting just about anytime. It seems I craft more at Easter and Christmas. I would love to win the Easter egg giveaway. Then I could make.more of the great easter egg ideas you have been showing! Love your newsletter.

  12. Debbie Kaste says:

    This egg is so cute! Never thought about making a shadow box. Clever!!!
    I really get into crafting at Christmas, always trying to make ornaments as little gifts for family and friends. Not everyone appreciates a handmade gift, but I enjoy EVERY moment of it so perhaps I benefit most from it…lol. I find making craft items for all the holidays to be so fulfilling and rewarding!

  13. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    Very Cute!

  14. LisaM6 says:

    What a clever idea. Lots of different ideas are running (not fast) through my mind. 🙂

  15. Katiria says:

    My favorite crafting season is Halloween because I not only make decorations and craft favors but I also try to make my son’s costume every year since he was able to walk!
    I also used to make presents and cards for Christmas instead of buying them but I don’t have time anymore and I got the feeling people prefer it when a gift is bought from a store not home made because they think I’m cheap not thoughtful.

  16. I love how easy all of these Eggstravangant projects are to make yet they look like you spent a lot! These are the best crafts to make!!! This shadowbox is such a cool idea and I think I will make some with my grandsons! They will have a eggsellent time doing it! LOL
    I craft randomly. It all depends on how I am feeling that day healthwise. I have been known to get up at 2 am and spend the next 12 hours in my craft room and then not go back in for a few days or even a week. I try to make at least a few Christmas, Birthday and Just Because cards every week so I always have them on hand for last minute needs. My Christmas cards are usually all done by July, in the envelopes, addressed and stamped to mail the day before Thanksgiving. I always wind up needing a few extras during the holiday season due to making new friends or someone sending us a card who doesn’t normally.
    I tend to craft more during the wee morning hours in the Spring and Summer because I like to be outside tending to my flower garden and doing yard work when the weather allows. In the Winter I tend to craft at any hour.
    Love all the great projects during the Eggstravaganza and look forward to what tomorrow will bring! See you then!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much for following the Eggstravaganza, and for your wonderful comments. I’m so glad you’re sharing a love of crafts with your grandkids. They spend so much time with technology and it’s nice to add a little crafting, too. And I’m in awe of anyone who has Christmas cards done in July! Happy crafting, Barb. Sharon

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