Make your own stash'n'smash mermaid egg! Cover the outside of your egg with mermaid patterns, sealing the egg shut so it cannot be opened. Use the coin slot to fill your egg with money (it will take over 100 £1 coins!) and when you're ready to retrieve your stash, smash it open terrimundi-style (...or carefully slice the egg apart around the join and start saving up a new stash). Decoupage (the art of transforming an object with paper) is a fun creative activity that gives fantastic results.
You will receive full instructions with the kit on how to decoupage, as well as tips and creative ideas. Simply put, decoupage involves tearing paper into small pieces and sticking them one by one onto your object until it is covered in a paper mosaic. The special glue also acts as a varnish which protects the surface and gives your design a professionally painted look.
This kit contains:
- 1 x polystyrene egg with money slit, egg has a slightly flattened shape so sits nicely for use as a moneybox (16cm x 11cm)
- 1 x decoupage glue (100ml)
- 1 x decoupage brush
- 6 x mini sheets of mermaid inspired decoupage paper (approx 12cm x 18cm each) (let me know which set of papers you would like)
- 1 x double sided A4 laminated sheet with a guide to decoupage, tips and ideas
...the pack contains plenty of glue and paper so you could use any leftovers to complete another mini project or two (eg make a pebble paperweight or a jam jar pen pot). Choose from any of the collections pictured on this page.
For ages 7+
- encourages creativity
- develops fine motor skills
- aids concentration
Stash'n'Smash Mermaid Egg Kit
- Spread a small patch of glue onto your object, just a little bigger than the piece of paper you are going to stick, as the glue dries very quickly and if you spread a large area it will dry out and be wasted.
- Apply the glue thinly to avoid soggy paper.
- Before you cover the outside of your egg with decoupage paper, write yourself a secret message (with felt tip pen or sharpie) on the inside of the egg, to be revealed when you smash your egg open.
- The simplest way to cover the egg is to decoupage each half separately, working from the centre to approx one inch from the edge. Make sure not to wrap the paper over the edges or the two halves won't join up properly.
- Start with the coin slit: either carefully wrap paper through the slit and push it flat with the brush (to keep the slit open); or use the straight (untorn) outside edges of your paper to line up with the edges of the slit to get a neat finish, applying the paper only to the outside surface of the egg (ie not going down into the slit).
- When dry, the two halves can be fitted together and the join papered over to seal the egg shut. There is no need to glue the two halves of the egg together (and it's best not to, especially if you intend to ask an adult to slit the egg open when you've finished saving, so it can be reused, rather than smash it apart).
- When you've finished, remember to check your object carefully all over to fill any gaps and stick down any lifted edges.
- Try adding buttons, stick on gems or other embellishments to jazz up your finished piece.
- Use your spare glue and paper to transform another object.
- Have fun!!!