Egg dies aren’t just for Easter – we’ll show you how to make great cards with them all year round. These versatile die-cuts will soon become one of your top craft essentials, as you discover more and more alternative ways to use egg dies on your cards and papercraft projects.
From birthday card balloons, Russian doll designs, 3D paper fruit and, of course, Easter card ideas, here are just a few projects from Julie Kirk, to get you started.
If you want more more Easter ideas, take a look at our selection of Easter free printables too!
Make gift tags
Create fun little shaped gift tags, by wrapping die-cut egg shapes in washi tape, for an eye-catching design. You could also use an embossing folder to add your preferred pattern to the tags.
Who doesn’t love a bit of bling? With some glitter, embossing and a few adhesive gems, you can create a wonderful Fabergé-egg-style card.
Add a simple origami look to cards
By folding the bottom edges of the egg die-cuts, you can make lovely petal shapes to arrange on your cards. Use double-sided papers for this technique, so you can see both patterns on your finished design.
Russian doll cards
By layering up different sized egg dies from a nesting die set, you can create a pretty Russian doll. Make a background with your largest egg die, then cut two smaller egg shapes from slightly smaller dies, and layer them on top of each other to create the headscarf and dress. Perfect for birthdays and Mother’s Day cards, too. For more matryoshka designs, download our free Russian doll papers.
Make paper fruit decorations
Create a colourful centrepiece for your dining table, with a display of pretty paper pears. Cut ten egg shapes, fold each in half, then use a gluestick to stick them together, back to back. Finally, stick the last two sides together and slide a kebab skewer inside, to create a stalk.
Birthday balloon die-cuts
The simplest alternative use for an egg die, is to turn it upside down to create a birthday balloon card! Add some bunting and a greeting of your choice, to make a quick and easy birthday card.
Easter card ideas
There’s no escaping the seasonal usefulness of egg dies. Whether you use them to cut an aperture in your card front, create a decorated egg-shaped card, or add patterned eggs to your main design, you can’t have too many Easter eggs! Take a look at some of our Easter free printables too!
Eggs in a nest
Finally, use your egg dies to make… eggs! They’re not just for Easter – here, a sweet little nest design makes an ideal new home card. Use sticky foam pads behind each egg, to add extra dimension. Adding a touch of subtle glitter to the eggs creates more interest, too. You could also adapt this design to make a baby girl or boy card.
More paper egg ideas
Use our handy templates to create some lovely paper eggs, too!