Happy Easter Weekend!
I haven’t painted eggs in years, but for whatever reason the urge came over me this year so I thought I would share a fun tutorial with everyone. This way you can make your own beautiful painted eggs that will last for those years that maybe you don’t have time to make any new ones!
Here’s what you will need to get started:
- Eggs (however many you feel like painting!)
- Pin or sewing needle
- Bowl (large enough to hold the egg innards)
- Paints (any kind, I’m using acrylic)
- Palette (or tinfoil, it’s just for mixing paint on)
- Bamboo skewers *optional
- Empty box (i.e. tissue or shoe box) *optional
- Mod Podge (I’m using “gloss” for a shiny finish)
- Eyedropper/ Pipette
1. Firstly, give your eggs a gentle bath in soapy water.
2. Dry them off and start shaking!
Shake them until they sound “loose” – it’s a kind of liquidy-slooshing sound. This will take a few minutes, but it makes it much quicker and easier to blow out the egg.
3. Using your pin (or sewing needle or paper clip, or piercing instrument of choice really) carefully poke a hole into the top of your egg. Eggs are not all created equal, so you might find you have to twist the pin a bit to help it along.
Keep making small holes with your pin to join them into one big hole that is large enough to fit a bamboo skewer in.
4. Repeat this step on the bottom of the egg.
5. If you’ve gotten any egg onto the shell, wipe it off, because now you’re going to hold your egg over a bowl and blow the insides out. You might have to do this more than once to make sure they all come out. You’ll know it’s empty when you can hear air coming through. If there are any stubborn bits of egg still stuck to one end, just pull them off with your fingers or rinse it in the sink.
6. Make sure your egg is clean and dry, so you’re ready to start painting! My eggs are brown, so I’m painting a white base coat on some of them to start with.
You can paint one side and prop it up on your egg carton, etc. to dry before painting the other side, but I think it’s easiest to take a few minutes to:
- Cut the top off of a box (such as a tissue box or shoe box)
- Cut a few notches into the sides
- Thread your egg onto a bamboo skewer
- Rest the skewer into the notches on the box
This means you can easily turn your eggs without getting paint all over your hands and you can do a full coat of paint without waiting for one side to dry first. Much more efficient!
7. Now that your base layer is dry (if you’re using one) it’s time to paint your designs. I really wanted to make some pretty vintage-inspired floral eggs. I free-handed mine, but you can draw your design on with pencil first if that’s easiest.
8. Once you’re happy with your artwork and your paint is completely dry, I recommend using Mod Podge to seal your eggs so that they last longer. There is a fantastic tutorial for this on Aunt Peaches blog.
Her instructions are very simple and straightforward, and it is well worth the extra step if you want to keep your eggs for next year too! I’ve also already listed the materials needed in this post, so you won’t need to get anything extra in order to do this step.
Now that your eggs are done, you can use them in whatever kind of display you like, or thread them with ribbon to hang in an Easter/ Ostara tree.
I hope this tutorial was helpful, but if you have any questions just leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them. In the meantime, happy crafting!