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Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Updated on August 21, 2014

The Ukrainian Easter Egg: A "Pysanka!"

Ukrainian Easter Egg sculptures are not only for Easter, but are gorgeous, elegant sculptures you can proudly display in your home year round.

Pysanky, as the eggs are called, are traditionally made using a wax resist (batik) method. Beeswax is heated over a candle flame and then applied to the egg with a stylus. The wax is applied to the egg with a writing motion, and in fact this process is considered writing, rather than decorating. The first layer of wax goes onto the white egg. Then the egg is dyed. Where ever the wax is on the egg will stay white, while the rest of the egg becomes dyed. Next, another layer of wax is applied and the egg is dipped into another color of dye. This process can continue for several colors. When the egg is completely finished being dyed, the wax is removed by holding the egg next to the flame.

If you are interested in buying a Pysanka, there's a vast selection of Ukrainian Easter Eggs here for you to choose from. Some are made from real eggs, while others are made from wood or other materials. These make great gifts! You can also watch some videos of Ukrainian Easter Eggs being made, and learn more about their symbolism.

Pysanky photo above adapted from one taken by Luba Petrusha
Article © 2012 - 2014 Janiece Tobey. All rights reserved.

Pony Tree Ostrich Easter Egg
Pony Tree Ostrich Easter Egg

This Ukrainian Easter Egg is made from a real ostrich egg. An ostrich egg is used because it gives a greater surface area to decorate. The green leaves and black background contrast nicely with the white horses and flowers.

 

Egg Blower - Egg Blowers are a much easier way to empty eggs than blowing them out with your mouth!

I have this egg blower kit and love it! Use the green tool to gently poke one hole in the egg. Then attach the clear tube (with the needle inside) to the yellow pump, and remove the cover. Holding the egg (hole side down) over a sink or bowl, insert the needle and begin to pump out the egg. When you've finished, fill the pump with water and pump that into the egg to clean the egg!

Egg Blower
Egg Blower

This kit allows you to create a small hole in one end of the egg, and then pump out the insides of the egg.

 

These fascinating videos demonstrates how to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs!

Wooden Ukrainian Easter Eggs - For those who prefer to buy already decorated Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Some people like to make their own, others prefer to buy beautiful Pansky created by professionals. If you prefer to buy some for display in your house, here are a few you might enjoy.

All of the eggs in this section are hand painted on linden wood and are imported from the Ukraine.

Blue Ukrainian Wooden Easter Egg
Blue Ukrainian Wooden Easter Egg

This is one of my favorites! I love the colors in it!

 

More Wooden Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Like those in the section above, these beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs are hand painted on linden wood.

Which ones are your favorites?

Bluebird Ukrainian Wooden Easter Egg
Bluebird Ukrainian Wooden Easter Egg

Here's another one of my favorites, although I really love them all!

 

Want to Make Your Own Ukrainian Easter Egg? - This video shows you how.

About Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs. The word, Pysanka, comes from pysaty which means "to write." For an egg to be considered a pysanka, it must be decorated with traditional Ukranian folk designs.

Note: Pysanka means one Urkrainian Easter Egg, and pysanky means more than one.

Diamond Ukrainian Egg Pysanky

This one is hand decorated on an egg shell, not wood.

This pysanka will next be dipped into a black dye.

This pysanka will next be dipped into a black dye.
This pysanka will next be dipped into a black dye.

photo above by Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

The Symbolism of Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Styluses used to create Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Styluses used to create Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Styluses used to create Ukrainian Easter Eggs

photo by Luba Petrusha

Ukrainian Easter Egg Books

Eggs Beautiful: How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Eggs Beautiful: How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs

This book has very easy to follow, yet detailed, instructions on how to make your own Ukrainian Easter eggs.

 
Easter Eggs for Anya: A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ (Traditions of Faith from Around the World)
Easter Eggs for Anya: A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ (Traditions of Faith from Around the World)

This is not a how-to book. It's an Easter story about a young Ukrainian girl in the early 19th century who finds an abandoned nest of goose eggs and begins to paint them. What happens next not only surprises her, but also carries an underlying Christian message.

 
Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book 3
Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book 3

This how-to book gives step-by-step instructions for making 24 Ukrainian Easter egg designs.

 
Ukrainian Egg Decoration: A Holiday Tradition (Crafts of the World)
Ukrainian Egg Decoration: A Holiday Tradition (Crafts of the World)

This book, written for children, explains the tradition of Pysanky. It also includes the step-by-step instructions for an easy egg project.

 
Ukrainian Easter Eggs and How We Make Them
Ukrainian Easter Eggs and How We Make Them

Learn both about the tradition and the craft of Ukrainian Easter eggs with this book.

 

Ukrainian Pysanky

Ukrainian pysanky
Ukrainian pysanky

photo above by Luba Petrusha

© 2012 - 2014 Janiece Tobey. All rights reserved.

This Pysanky webpage was created on 2/12/12.

Page last updated 8/21/14.

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    • JoleneBelmain profile image

      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      Back for a visit... and to sprinkle a little angel dust around *sprinkle sprinkle*

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      traveller27 4 years ago

      Back for another look - these are lovely.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      These are SO cool! I love how unique the designs are... :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderfully presented on beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs and as always, you are teaching along the way. We always think of decorating eggs but really its beautifulwriting, how cool!...*

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      I am Ukrainian, and used to make these every year... haven't done them for quite a few now, but think I will teach the kids how to make them next year.... sounds like a ton of fun :)

      ~BLESSED~

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      KellydeBorda 5 years ago

      Beautifully done lens with lots of information - love the designs! Blessed!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Lovely designs and interesting to know the background on these. Nicely done.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Very nice! I love these traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs. They are treasured in Ukrainian-American households and given a place of honor.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Pysanky is such a fascinating design for eggs. Nice lens

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      The easter sunday is near.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Have to agree..they sure are beautifully designed eggs! Now wish I could pronounce ""Pysanka" (best guess is Sanka)?

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      davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      Have some blessings too, quite a unique lens

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      davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      So much fun and so beautiful. We will be incorporating this in our egg dying this year.

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      accfuller 5 years ago

      These eggs are beautiful!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ukrainian pysanky...beautiful indeed! :)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Thanks for sharing this interesting and colorful lens with us. I have an Easter egg collection - mostly with Polish decorations - but always enjoy learning more. Two years ago I attended a pretty much Russian workshop on pysanky.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pretty neat thing to make, thanks for showing us how.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      ohhhh.. I love these eggs... so amazing

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      I love these Ukranian Easter eggs...so colorful.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have never tried to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs but this lens sure has my creative juices flowing.

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      ChrissLJ 5 years ago

      I love how artistic and unique each of the eggs look.

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      decay39 5 years ago

      great lens. I love the Diamond Ukrainian Egg