Easter Egg Decorating

Easter egg decorating is a lot of fun for the kids.

Easter egg decorating is a part of the Easter fun and routine. Most kids just love getting messy with paints and dye and crushed egg shells.

With younger children you might want to use hard boiled eggs as they are less fragile than blown eggs. Here's how to BLOW AN EGG. 

These are my 3 favorite Easter egg decorating methods. I like them as they are easy but you get great results.

Tip for drying painted eggs : Create a special drying board by taking a large piece of florists foam and sticking dressmakers pins into it close together. Rest the eggs on the pins and that way the eggs can dry thoroughly without spoiling your artwork.

Artistic Easter Egg Decorating

What You Need:

  • White Eggs - Hard boiled or blown
  • Dye - Natural, Food coloring, Crepe paper. Find out more about egg dyes here.
  • White crayon
  • Rubber Bands
  • Masking tape
  • Stickers of different shapes

Method:

Either of the methods below will give really stunning results that even small children can do. For younger children it might be easier to use hard-boiled eggs rather than the blown ones.

  1. Before putting the egg in the dye get the kids to do any of the following:  
    * Draw a pattern or shape on the egg using the white crayon. 
    * Wrap one or more rubber bands around the egg.
    * Use masking tape to block off sections of the egg that you don't want to color.
    * Place stickers on the egg on the sections that you don't want to color.
  2. Place the egg in the dye and leave for several minutes until the egg has absorbed sufficient color. Remove from the dye and allow to dry. Remove the masking tape, rubber bands etc and either leave the egg as it is or the kids can repeat the whole process again but using different colored dye. 

TIP: If you are creating a multicolored Easter egg, it is best to start with the lightest color dye first. 

Lace Easter Egg Decorating

What You Need:

  • Eggs
  • Egg Dye
  • Lace trimmings - wide enough to wrap round the egg
  • Rubber bands

Method:

  1. Wrap a piece of lace round an egg and secure the ends with a rubber band rather like you were tying up your hair. Make sure the lace is sitting as flat and snug as possible around the egg. 
  2. Carefully dip the egg in your chosen dye and let it sit until the desired color is achieved. 
  3. Remove from the dye and let it dry before removing the lace.

Decoupage Eggs

These eggs are very easy to make and great it you don't want the mess of colored dyes. They are also good for people who feel that their artistic skills aren't very good.

What You Need:

  • Thin wrapping paper, decoupage paper or fine silk
  • Paper glue
  • Scissors
  • Varnish (optional)

Method:

  1. Cut out small images from the paper or silk.
  2. Using the brush, apply a thin layer of glue to the egg and then place the paper on. Brush over the paper with a bit more glue being careful not to tear it. 
  3. Once the egg is papered and you are happy with it, leave to dry.
  4. When fully dry, give the egg a coating of varnish to protect it (optional).

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