Painting eggs is as much a part of Easter as the Advent wreath at Christmas. The colouring and decoration of the eggs depends of course on your individual taste. When painting eggs there is no right or wrong way and everything is allowed. Unicoloured eggs are classically beautiful, but have also become a bit boring. Especially when you consider that there are so many more creative ways to decorate Easter eggs.
If you can muster a little lust and imagination, the result will certainly be impressive. You don’t have to be an artist to create art. We have selected some of the most creative and impressive ideas for you to inspire. Even the youngest hobbyists can take part in all the projects here and have a lot of fun creating.
Magic cool marble eggs with nail polish
In the craft world, nail polish does not belong at all alone on the nails. This egg painting technique is super easy to imitate and an effective way to recycle unused old nail polish. Each egg has an absolutely unique marble pattern and can never be copied exactly. You can use wooden eggs as well as boiled or hollowed eggs for this project.
Here’s what you do:
1. fill a disposable bowl with lukewarm water and make a temperature test: just drip a little nail polish into it. If the drops sink, the water is too cold. The varnish should float on the surface.
Drop different colours of nail polish into the water and use toothpicks to mix the desired marble pattern.
Put on rubber gloves and slowly roll the egg over the water surface so that it completely absorbs the colour pattern.
4. wood eggs and hollowed out shells can be lacquered after drying with a top coat for more durability.
Marble Easter eggs can also be made by another similar technique. To do this, fill a shallow bowl or muffin tin with whipped cream and drizzle food colouring on it. Again mix the colours with a toothpick and roll the eggs in it. Then let them dry completely and wash off after about an hour to reveal the colourful pattern underneath. This method makes it easier for the children to participate, as it does not require so much sensitivity and they do not have to wear gloves.
Painting eggs in pastel colours with natural dyes
Do you want to do without questionable chemical substances in ordinary Easter colours? Or do you simply want to paint and decorate your Easter eggs like the people of that time? Centuries ago, the chemistry of today did not exist, but colorful eggs did. Hobbyists simply used different foods and spices and made their own natural dyes from them. The results: colorful eggs in pastel colors.
The following ingredients result in the respective colours:
Red: paprika powder
Brick red-orange: shells of yellow onions
Blue: Red cabbage
Green: red cabbage and onion peels
How to paint Easter eggs with natural dyes:
1. put the chopped vegetables in a saucepan with enough water to cover them. Add per cup. Add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar.
2. children should pick fresh flowers and leaves in the garden. Dip them in cold water and stick them on the uncooked eggs. Tie them with string or tights. At the end the flowers and leaves will leave beautiful marks on the eggs.
Place the eggs in the saucepan with the vegetables and cook for 10-12 minutes. For more intense colours, leave the eggs in the pot overnight. Don’t worry. Since you use natural colorants for this project, there are no pollutants in the egg.
Finally let the eggs dry completely and rub with a little oil. With the remaining juice the children can still paint beautifully, as with real watercolours.
Painting abstract and modern 3D patterned eggs
Back to the present is the motto of this project. Here your Easter eggs get colourful shadow patterns that resemble a 3D image when observed without special glasses. You will need insulating tape for this. You can cut out stripes or letters and stick them on the egg, but in this order:
1. wrap strips or letters of insulating tape around your egg.
2. colour the egg. Remove strips or letters and attach a second piece of tape of the same size. This time, wrap it in the opposite direction. Stick the letters on another place on the egg.
3. put the egg in a bowl of a different colour until the desired tone is achieved.
4 Pull off the insulating tape from the dry egg. You can now mark it with felt pens or rub in oil for more shine.
Draw inspiration to the end of our Easter gallery and then grab your craft materials and colors. The time to paint eggs at Easter with the whole family is back. We wish you lots of fun!