Vintage-Style Paper Maché Easter Eggs to Fill Yourself

by KathleenDuffy

The old-fashioned cardboard Easter eggs with their vintage pictures have never really gone away. For those who want a less commercial, more ethical egg, these are the solution!

In these days of commercialised Easter eggs, the old-fashioned cardboard or paper-maché Easter eggs make such a lovely gift for a child or adult.

Choosing these pretty eggs also gives you the opportunity to fill them yourselves with a gift of your choice - not necessarily a sweet one, but perhaps something more personal.

Every Vintage Easter Egg Tells a Little Story

These vintage Easter Eggsare full of delightful detail which tells a little story - this makes these gifts so much more fascinating to a young child.  With their detailed drawing and vibrant, rich colours they are a fascinating addition to the Easter celebrations.  

They are produced by Decorative Things, a New York firm which specialises not only in vintage Easter Eggs, but other attractive and unusual 'decorative things'!

These eggs also remind us of Spring - after all, originally the egg was a pagan symbol of springtime renewal, so chicks, rabbits and flowers are, like Easter, a sign of new life.

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Ethical Reasons to Buy An Alternative to Chocolate Easter Eggs

Another good reason for buying a paper maché Easter egg is that often the chocolate used in conventional Easter eggs is not ethically sourced.  According to The Foodie Bugle "In the dangerous cacao bean plantations of West Africa over 284 000 children, many of whom never go to school, are enslaved in hazardous and often life-shortening work in order to satisfy the West's insatiable appetite for cheap and tasteless confectionery chocolate."

The Foodie Bugle also gives a list of ethical chocolate companies - after all, what would Easter be like without chocolate!

Paper Maché Easter Egg 4 Gift Boxes

From Kashmir

These paper maché Easter Eggs are similar in concept to those Russian 'Babushka'  dolls - remember how they fit inside one another?   These eggs are the same.

Children always find this kind of intriguing idea fascinating and never get tired of fitting the eggs inside one another, then taking them apart again.  

Also, not too get too serious, but it does give them an idea of size and measurement as well as encouraging dexterity.

But best of all they are fun!

Stunning Paper Maché/Wood Easter Eggs

These don't open...

Here's a group of Easter eggs that are beautifully painted.  They are made from a mixture of wood and paper maché and each egg is a mere 3 inches in size.

These would make sweet individual gifts, or are great for hiding so that they can be hunted down on Easter morning. They also look great as a table decoration, all together in a basket.

Again, the botanical patterns on these hand-painted eggs keep to the spirit of Easter - the plants are all depictions of those found in the Kashmir area where this craft is carried out.

A Luxury Version for that Special Someone!

Why should the children have all the fun?  Here's a grown-up version of the simple, colourful paper maché Easter egg.

Again, this is a paper maché, beautifully painted Easter egg with a smaller egg inside.  The painted Indian leaves create a stunning effect, still maintaining the idea of new growth and springtime renewal.

An up-market version of the humble Easter egg - this would make an ideal Easter gift for someone you care about.  And that small, inner Easter egg is just the right size to take a very attractive present - a ring for instance?

Let's End With An Economical Alternative!

One that doesn't break the bank!

You can buy plain paper maché Easter eggs - which don't open - and then the children can paint  and decorate them in time for the celebrations.  They would look great covered with decoupage pictures too.

These make lovely personal Easter decorations and can be hung up in the window or placed all together in a bowl to make a great visual impact!


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Updated: 04/03/2014, KathleenDuffy
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KathleenDuffy on 09/01/2014

Hello again! I love these old-fashioned eggs, and I remember them from when I was a child. Again, so glad you enjoyed the article! :)

AngelaJohnson on 08/20/2014

What a great idea! And what a fun school or summer project. These could be made for other holidays, too. I've seen box and star shaped cardboard boxes in craft stores.

KathleenDuffy on 04/09/2014

Hello WriterArtist - yes, they are really fun! I like the fact you can put your own sweets or little toys inside them too.

WriterArtist on 04/09/2014

Love these cute selections. This ought to make Easter more fun time.

KathleenDuffy on 04/03/2014

Hello Leslie, Thank you for your nice comments - I am pleased you enjoyed the article. I will follow you on Twitter and then perhaps we can contact each other? Happy Easter to you too!

Leslie on 04/02/2014

Hi Kathleen, Thanks for posting about our Papier Mache eggs. Maybe we can do some collaboration. We like your writing and are Anglophiles living in Manhattan. Is there an email or phone we can contact you on? Happy Easter, Leslie, Decorative Things, NYC

KathleenDuffy on 03/19/2014

Thanks VioletteRose - yes, they are gorgeous. Makes a nice change to chocolate and you can re-use them! :)

VioletteRose on 03/19/2014

Wow they all look so beautiful

KathleenDuffy on 03/17/2014

Thanks ologsinquito! They take me back to my childhood!

ologsinquito on 03/17/2014

These are lovely and very classy Easter eggs.

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