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Ukrainian Easter Eggs
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
photo above by Cathryn Sprynczynatyk
The Symbolism of Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Styluses used to create Ukrainian Easter Eggs
photo by Luba Petrusha
Ukrainian Easter Egg Books
This book has very easy to follow, yet detailed, instructions on how to make your own Ukrainian Easter eggs.
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.
This how-to book gives step-by-step instructions for making 24 Ukrainian Easter egg designs.
This book, written for children, explains the tradition of Pysanky. It also includes the step-by-step instructions for an easy egg project.
Learn both about the tradition and the craft of Ukrainian Easter eggs with this book.
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.