I learned how to decorate an Easter egg from my Granny, sitting at her kitchen table one rainy afternoon. I was just a little girl at the time and I loved learning this old-fashioned craft with her. The jug of homemade lemonade and slab of Victoria sponge made it even better!
It’s a tradition I’ve enjoyed ever since and I’ve loved teaching it to my own son. I hope that one day I’ll be lucky enough to have grandkids I can pass this craft onto too! I can just picture myself at my kitchen table teaching a new generation how to decorate Easter eggs…
How to Decorate an Easter Egg – Materials
- Plenty of eggs (I always make sure I have some extras, in case of accidents!)
- A bowl large enough for all the eggs to fit in
- A bowl filled with water and half a cup of vinegar
- Warm (not boiling) water
- A fine needle
- A long needle or wooden kebab stick
- Small screwdriver
- Acrylic paint / coloured sharpies / food colouring
- An old saucepan (if using food colouring)
- Decorations (eg beads/sequins/glitter etc)
- PVA glue
- Paper kitchen towel
- Assorted paint brushes
How to Decorate an Easter Egg – Preparation
- Wash the eggs and carefully place them in the bowl, then add warm water to cover and leave for 10 minutes
- Remove and dry one egg
- Grasp the egg firmly in one hand and use the needle to make a small hole at each end of the egg
- Use the small screwdriver to make the holes a little larger – working very gently, to avoid cracking the shell
- Hold the egg over the sink
- Insert the large needle / kebab stick into the egg (in through one hole and out of the other)
The egg will start to empty but you might need to give it a little encouragement – it’s pretty gloopy but kids love that stuff!
- Hold the egg under the tap, to drain everything from inside.
- Place the egg in the bowl of water and vinegar, and leave for 10 minutes (this stops the egg from getting smelly)
Pat the eggs dry with kitchen towel and leave to drain for a further 30 minutes.
Here’s the fun bit where you can let your creativity go wild because there’s no right or wrong way to decorate your eggs!
I find that using a sharpie to create the ‘base’ colour works well – sharpies are easier to handle and so much less messy for little hands than trying to use paint! Alternatively, you can boil your eggs for 10 minutes in an old pan, with a few drops of food colouring (best to do this bit for the kids!!)
Once you have your base colour(s) on, you can start to decorate your eggs. It’s fun to experiment with different looks – here are some suggestions:
- Cover the egg with PVA glue and then roll in colourful feathers. Add black bead eyes and a little red triangle red felt beak
- Make funny faces with felt or beads, and wool for hair
- Use a fine tipped paint brush to add fancy swirls
- Apply PVA glue to the ends of the egg and then dip in beads
- Draw in circles or other shapes in with contrasting sharpies
- Have a competition to make eggs with a theme eg spacemen/dancers/Disney characters
- Draw a line of PVA glue round the ‘waist’ of the egg, then roll it in glitter
- Experiment with geometric lines/shapes with a paint brush
The beauty of making decorated Easter eggs is that the “look” of the egg depends entirely on the decorating technique you pick and on the artist! You can use funky, wild colours and patterns for something fun or solid colors for a more understated, classic look.