Easy and Unique Easter Egg Decorating: Fun, Creative Ideas for Painting Eggs
This Easter switch up your egg decorating routine with your kids and paint some eggs instead of dyeing them. This fun alternative offers numerous options for materials, patterns, and designs. With craft ideas ranging from chalkboard paint eggs to wax painted eggs, there is something for everyone. Don't be afraid to mix and match the ideas that you find here. The possibilities are endless. Happy Easter and happy egg decorating!
How to Color Easter Eggs : Tips for Painting Easter Eggs
What kind of paints and other painting materials can you use for decorating Easter eggs?
Just a Few Ideas
Acrylic paints in any finish (i.e. glossy enamal, matte, etc.)
Tips for Painting Easter Eggs
- Hard boil or blow out your eggs. Just like any standard egg dyeing, unless you are decorating plastic eggs or other pretend eggs (i.e. paper mache), it is very important to hard boil or blow out your eggs before you decorate them.
- Consult the paint instructions. Not all paints are designed to work on all surfaces. Check the instructions on your paint tin before you start painting your eggs to ensure that it will be a good match. If you still aren't sure how well it will work, test a small patch of a single egg and let it dry before you decorate a whole bunch, only to find out that the paint peels or flakes right off.
- Consider practicing on paper first. A few of the more involved egg painting tutorials recommend testing designs on paper first. It can be helpful to get comfortable drawing a new design on paper before attempting it on an egg.
Easter Egg Painting
Painted Easter Egg Project Ideas
- Chalkboard paint. Join the chalkboard paint trend and decorate your Easter eggs with it. Search chalkboard egg on Pinterest for a host of inspiration with chalkboard paint on eggs.
- Everyday objects. Get creative with your painting materials and use everyday objects from around the house. Alisa uses Q-tips and bubble wrap to paint her eggs. Once you start to think about using household objects to paint you'll have no shortage of new ideas.
- Glitter. Who doesn't want to include a little glitter to their painted Easter eggs? It's inexpensive and available in a wide variety of colors. Parenting.com also has a neat idea for sticking glue dots and double sided tape on eggs before rolling them in glitter.
- Initial eggs. Many people create initial eggs as place cards for Easter brunch or dinner. Initial eggs are also a great way to work on letter skills with young children. You can even take it one step further and write whole words instead of single letters on your painted eggs.
- Painting with string. Wrap eggs in string before painting them to create simple designs. Martha Stewart has an easy take on this idea as well.
- Plastic eggs for other holidays. There is no reason that egg decorating has to be limited to Easter. There are a variety of egg decorating ideas for other holidays as well, particularly for decorating plastic eggs. For example, check out all of the Halloween egg ideas on Pinterest.
- Simple dots and stripes. You don't have to get too adventurous with your drawing to create beautiful eggs. Start with basic designs like polka dots and stripes and build your skills from there. If you're unsure about freehand drawing or painting any type of design, practice on paper a few times before you attempt it on an egg.
- Speckled eggs. Have you ever done spatter painting before? You use the same concept to create speckled eggs that resemble certain types of real bird's eggs.
- Stencils. It is important to choose pliable stencils that can bend to fit the shape of the eggs. There are numerous possibilities for stencil shapes and designs. Some people opt to paint or dye the whole egg and then stencil over it in another color. Other people opt to stencil over plain white eggs.
- Wax painting. You can melt crayons down and drip the liquid wax onto eggs to "paint" designs. This is such a neat idea. It is easy and inexpensive and has a wide range of color choices.
- Watercolor paints and watercolor pencils. Watercolors are a great option for decorating Easter eggs. They don't hold permanently the way dyes do, but they can create some neat effects. Experiment with using paints and pencils both separately and together to decorate your eggs.
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