It’s not a secret that I love to decorate plastic Easter eggs. I actually love decorating plastic eggs more than hardboiled eggs. It’s also not a secret that I love DIY projects that involve sheet music. As such, it should come as no surprise that DIY sheet music plastic Easter eggs are right up my alley.
I created two DIY plastic Easter egg tutorials a couple of years ago: twine-wrapped eggs and pastel-speckled eggs. I’ve been itching to get back to decorating plastic Easter eggs since and am excited to be sharing two new tutorials for the Easter season. Look for that second tutorial next week!
Supplies for DIY sheet music plastic Easter eggs
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Sheet music (see notes below)
- Regular printer paper, if you’re printing your own sheet music
- Acrylic spray (optional, see note below)
- Faux burlap lace
- 1/8″ ribbon in assorted pastel colors
- Paper cutter
- Mod Podge
- Tacky glue or other all-purpose, clear-drying craft glue
- Small foam brush (I used a 1″ brush, which is what I’ve linked here)
- Both fabric and regular scissors
I use All Piano Scores – Chopin for the vast majority of my sheet music crafts. I love it and highly recommend it. However, there are tons of great free printable sheet music resources. If you’d like to use sacred sheet music for your Easter eggs, check out Hymnary.
I used approximately one piece of sheet music for every two DIY sheet music plastic Easter eggs. There are a number of factors that will affect the exact quantity you need, such as the size of your plastic Easter eggs, the music you choose, the size you cut your strips, etc.
If you’re using genuine sheet music or laser-printed sheet music, you don’t need to use acrylic spray. If you’re using ink jet-printed sheet music, you need to add a couple of coats of acrylic spray. Otherwise the ink will run when you cover the sheet music in Mod Podge.
One additional tip for DIY sheet music plastic Easter eggs
The little piece of advice I’m sharing here is a bit of a ridiculous hack. But it’s something that I’ve been using for years, and it works great. I have a super basic plastic dish drying rack for homemade greeting cards and any other sort of small craft project, and it’s perfect for plastic Easter eggs. A steel drying rack works great, too.
How to make DIY sheet music plastic Easter eggs
Gather up or print out the sheet music you’d like to use for your Easter eggs.
Using a paper cutter, trim off the white edges of the sheet music.
At this point, if you’re using ink-jet printed sheet music, give your sheet music a couple of coats of acrylic spray. Apply it in a well-ventilated area, and allow it to dry completely. If you’re using genuine or laser-printed sheet music, skip the acrylic spray and move on to the next step.
Using a paper cutter, cut the music into 1/4-1/2″ horizontal strips. I eyeballed these measurements and purposely didn’t cut all the strips the same size.
Cut each horizontal strip into roughly three equal sections. Again, these measurements do not have to be exact.
Gather your plastic Easter eggs.
Use the small foam brush and thin coats of Mod Podge to adhere the sheet music to the eggs. Add half a dozen or so strips of sheet music to the Easter egg at a time. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely before adding more sheet music. Take your time, smoothing out as many wrinkles as possible as you work.
It’ll take 4-5 rounds of gluing to cover an entire Easter egg. As you cover up more egg, you may want to trim down pieces of sheet music to fit over small uncovered sections. Sometimes I also trim down particular pieces to get rid of large white areas. I make all of these smaller trims with a regular pair of scissors.
Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the entire sheet music-covered egg. If there are any loose corners, secure them. I know that the difference between with and without Mod Podge in these last two pictures is very subtle. I promise you’ll be able to tell the difference in person. Mod Podge seals the sheet music and gives the egg a nice matte or glossy finish.
Using the fabric scissors, cut lengths of faux burlap lace and ribbon to wrap around the middle of the egg. I like to cut my lace and ribbon long enough so that the ends overlap slightly. I think that this technique makes the ends of the ribbon blend in more seamlessly than if you try to cut them to fit exactly.
Using the tacky glue, adhere the faux burlap lace to the middle of the egg. Allow it to dry completely.
Using the tacky glue, adhere the ribbon on top of the lace. Allow it to dry completely.
I purchased the small Easter basket here (as well as another one in turquoise) at Michaels a couple of years ago. You may not be able to find these exact baskets, but you should be able to find something similar. I display my decorated plastic Easter eggs in these baskets in my entryway during the Easter season.
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