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Easy and Unique Easter Egg Decorating: Fun, Creative Ideas for Painting Eggs

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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.)

Watercolor paints

Watercolor pencils

Melted crayons

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. 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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Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 04, 2014:

Thanks so much, Vicki!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 04, 2014:

Lots of great ideas, as always!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 30, 2013:

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Thanks, Thelma! I'm glad that you enjoyed these ideas.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 30, 2013:

Beautiful Easter eggs ideas. I like the polka dot. Thanks for sharing.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 14, 2013:

Yep, hard to believe, right? Thanks!

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on March 14, 2013:

Boy it's getting to be about that time isn't it! Nice hub :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 11, 2013:

Thanks so much, Om!

Om Paramapoonya on March 11, 2013:

Lovely suggestions! I love the picture of polka-dot eggs. The stencil and speckle ideas sound kind of neat, too. Rated up :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 09, 2013:

Haha, thanks, Stephanie!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on March 09, 2013:

These look so beautiful and interesting. Mine would nothing like this. But it does not hurt to dream.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 08, 2013:

That's great, Careermommy! Enjoy. :)

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 08, 2013:

randomcreative, thank you for giving me such great ideas for my kids! We ere just talking about decorating eggs yesterday, so this is perfect timing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 08, 2013:

Thanks, Kathryn! I'm the same way with decorating eggs. It's definitely a fun tradition that I hope to continue with my own family.

Thanks so much, Jamie!

Jamie Brock from Texas on March 08, 2013:

The ones are so cool in the top photo with the pretty designs on them!! Lots of great ideas here.. Thank you for sharing :)

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 08, 2013:

This is great! I used to love coloring eggs, and when I have kids I'm going to do it, too. It's such a fun tradition. Thanks for sharing your ideas on how to decorate eggs.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 08, 2013:

Thanks, purl! That's great.

Natasha, batik eggs sound beautiful! What a fun idea.

Deb, it's been years since I've decorated eggs myself so I can't give a lot of input about that, but generally it's best practice to keep real decorated eggs in the fridge so they don't spoil. You're right about glitter. :)

storybeader on March 08, 2013:

I always wonder about the smell of easter eggs after a few days... Great suggestions. Glitter is a must to have and it's cheap! {:-Deb

Natasha from Hawaii on March 08, 2013:

I agree - chalkboard paint on eggs sounds really cool! My cousins always make the coolest batik eggs. I tried batiking eggs once and it was a miserable failure.


Donna Herron from USA on March 08, 2013:

Thanks for these great projects. I love the idea of using chalkboard paint on eggs. Thanks again!

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