Dying eggs every Spring season was a favorite tradition of mine growing up, creating each egg to look unique and special still brings a smile to my face. Now, with the Egg Painting Party basket, you can create and paint a set of wooden eggs that will last forever and those memories can come back to life every Easter. In this tutorial, I used six different painting techniques, making every egg in my basket an individual. Feel free to use them all or just your favorite styles to decorate your eggs, they’re sure to be a hit this Easter season!
Includes wooden eggs, paint, paint brushes, sequins, glitter, pom poms, white glue & googly eyes
Hot Glue (Reminder: exercise precaution and supervise kids when using a hot glue gun)
To paint a plaid egg:
Paint your entire egg a solid color of your choice.
Once your base color is dry, paint a vertical stripe from the bottom of your egg crossing the top and back down to the base again. Do this same step on the opposite site of the egg so your first two stripes overlap at the point of your egg.
After your first two stripes are dry, paint two horizontal stripes around your egg overlapping your previous stripes. One horizontal stripe should be toward the top and the other toward the base of your egg.
Finally, paint 1 or more vertical stripes overlapping the horizontal stripes to have layers and finalize your plaid pattern. You can paint as many stripes in both directions as you like!
To paint a striped egg:
Using painter’s tape, place a strip of tape across the entire egg vertically, starting at the base of the egg and crossing over the top point along the opposite side to the base again.
With a second piece of painter’s tape, create a vertical line from the center of the point down to the base of the egg, leaving approximately 1/6th of the wood between your two strips of tape.
Paint the diamond like segment you’ve created with tape in any color you wish.
Once the paint is dry, remove the second piece of tape you used. Now follow step two again but moving 1/6th of the egg away from your painted segment to create a new wood segment that has tape on one side. Paint this segment a different color and be careful along your previous painted line for a clean edge.
Continue following these steps around your entire egg until all 6 segments are different colors, now you have a happy rainbow egg!
To paint a color block egg:
Cut a 1” strip of painter’s tape into 4 long pieces approximately ¼” thick.
Using one of your ¼” strips of tape, create a long line from one side to the other on your egg.
Continue adding strips of tape onto your egg to create different geometric shapes.
Once you’ve created a pattern with tape, paint each shape you’ve created with tape different colors.
When your paint has dried, remove the tape to reveal unpainted wood lines and a beautiful color-blocked pattern.
To paint an ombre egg:
Using 3 or more colors, start with your darkest color and paint approximately a third of the egg. Don’t worry about a perfect line as you paint these portions, we will be blending all the colors together for a seamless transition in color.
Take your second color, the next darkest in your palette, and paint the middle third of your egg, making sure the two colors meet or overlap slightly.
While your paint is still wet, use a dry paint brush to tap the line where your two colors meet. Continue tapping and brushing lightly to blend the two shades of paint together.
Using your lightest color, paint the remaining third of your egg and follow the same steps with a dry brush to blend the line where your top two colors meet.
Once your lines are blending evenly, your ombre egg is complete!
To create a bunny egg:
Paint your egg a solid base color of your choice.
Using construction paper, draw and cut out 2 long bunny ears, being sure to cut out an extra ¼” at the bottom to create a tab for assembly. You can use construction paper that matches your paint color or simply paint your bunny ears the same color once they’re cut out.
Next, cut out 2 more bunny ear shapes but much smaller to fit inside of your larger bunny ear, this will create a center. You can use a contrasting color paper or paint your inner ear portions a lighter color than the larger ears.
Glue your smaller inner ear onto the top of the larger ear.
Now, bend the bottom ¼” of the ear backwards to create a 90 degree angle and a tab that can be used to glue onto the egg. Attach the bunny ears to the egg by putting glue on the bottom of the paper tab you just folded and press again the top of the egg.
To create a bunny face, glue two googly eyes onto the front of your egg. Then using the thin paintbrush, paint a triangle nose and whiskers on either side to complete your face.
The last step is what every bunny needs, a cute cotton tail! Using a glue dot or hot glue, glue a small pom pom onto the back of your egg towards the base and your bunny is ready for Spring!
To create a unicorn egg:
Start by painting your entire egg a solid color.
Using construction paper, draw 2 horse -like ears, being sure to cut out an extra ¼” at the bottom to create a tab for assembly. You can use construction paper that matches your paint color or simply paint your unicorn ears the same color once they’re cut out.
Using a contrasting paint color, paint small triangle shapes in the center of the ears to appear as the inner portion of the ear.
Now, bend the bottom ¼” of the ear backwards to create a 90 degree angle and a tab that can be used to glue onto the egg.
Next, let’s create a unicorn horn. To do so, cut a 1 ½” circle then roll the circle into a cone by holding one side tighter as you roll to create a point. Once your circle is rolled into a cone, place some glue under the outer flap to hold in place.
Cover the outside of your unicorn horn in white glue and then sprinkle with glitter to create a sparkling horn.
To assemble your unicorn, glue your dried and glittered horn to the center of the top of the egg.
Add glue to the bottom of the bent tabs you created on the bottom portion of the ears and glue one ear on either side of the horn.
Next, if you wish to add flowers, bend your floral sequins in the center and glue in place along the horn and ears to create a flower crown. Add extra details by gluing mini pom poms or other sequins into the center of your flowers.
Lastly, using a black marker, draw simple eyes on the front of your unicorn egg. You can also glue googly eyes on if you wish.
Thanks for joining our Egg Painting Party, I certainly had a blast creating these creatures and patterns and hope you did too!
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This post is by fiber artist and craft enthusiast, Tessa Anderstrom, the owner of handmade shop Studio Jane which focuses on sustainably made home décor and handmade art. As an avid DIYer with a passion for learning new skills, Tessa enjoys sharing that knowledge with crafters of all ages.
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