Sure, you could just dip those eggs in a store-bought dye kit and call it a day. But if you’re a crafty type with some serious DIY chops, that’s probably not going to cut it. Instead, let your creative talent shine with one of these eye-catching Easter egg painting ideas.
Whether you’re whipping up a batch for table decorations at Easter brunch or you just want to win the holiday on the ‘Gram (hey, no judgement), these techniques will help you create unique masterpieces by the dozen. From marbleized looks to trompe l’oeil effects, from traditional to trendy, here are the best Easter egg painting ideas to try this year.
Watercolor Easter Eggs
Start by mixing a few colors of your watercolor paints on a palette. Then brush clean water onto the egg, followed by a few light strokes of watercolor in the places where the egg is wet. Continue to wet different sections of the egg and brush on the same or different color until you achieve the watercolor look you’re after.
Polka-Dot Easter Eggs
You can either use a traditional Easter egg dying technique or paint for the background color. But when it’s time to add the dots, you’ll want to invest in puff paint for a 3D effect.
White Paint Marker Easter Eggs
With a fine-tipped paint pen, paint on any pattern you’d like. We used brown and white here, but you can pick any colors you’d like!
Gingham Easter Egg
Nothing says spring like a cheerful gingham pattern. Use watercolor paints and a flat-tipped paintbrush, along with paint in any custom colors of your choosing, to get the look on a white egg.
Alphabet Easter Eggs
This technique couldn’t be easier, and the result is chic, modern, and totally personalized. Use ordinary sticker letters to mask off an initial in the center of your egg. Then cover the whole thing with spray paint. When you remove the sticker, you see that letter in bold negative space.
Easter Basket Egg
Here’s a project for a steady hand: Use fine-tipped paint pens or brushes in brown to paint a wicker basket onto your egg. Fill that basket with teeny painted eggs. So pretty. And so meta!
Silhouette Easter Eggs
This painting technique creates a lovely, complicated-looking result — but it’s actually pretty easy to achieve. Just use stickers in any shapes you like to create the negative space effect after you paint or dye the egg.
Cross-Stitch Initial Easter Egg
Use a white paint pen to create a cross-stitch look to showcase your initial or your family monogram on an Easter egg. It’s a great idea for a personalized detail you can place at every seat at the holiday table.
Faux Bois Eggs
Faux bois, meaning false wood, refers to practice of imitating the look of wood grain on any other form of media. Use a white paint pen to draw irregular lines and concentric circles on your egg to get the look. (And hey, even if it’s not convincing as faux bois, you’ll probably still get a cool graphic design.)
Whip up a batch of eggs that resemble farmer’s market fresh radishes by painting three quarters of a blown-out egg with pink paint. Finish the look by using hot glue to attach off-white twine to the bottom as roots, and rolled-up green crepe paper to the top as a stem.
Floral Easter Eggs
These fully floral eggs look so intricate, but the technique is straightforward: Just paint tiny X’s for each flower, using a different color to paint dots at the center of each one.
Use a thin-tipped white paint pen to create the look of lettuce leaves’ veins upon green dyed eggs. Skillful artists (with steady hands) can even achieve a convincing trompe l’oeil effect using this method.
Bouffant Easter Eggs
Is there any cuter Easter egg to dot the table at a girls’ brunch? After you paint the hair, draw on features like sunglasses, eye lashes, lips — whatever speaks to you!
Nail Polish-Marbled Eggs
Emoji Easter Eggs
How are you really feeling about springtime? Express it on your Easter eggs with this cheeky painting technique. Use yellow craft paint and black and red paint markers to whip up a whole set of emoji eggs that are sure to wow the crowd.
Holiday-Stenciled Silhouette Painted Eggs
First, paint your whole egg with a coat of craft paint in any color you like. Then, use stencils to add contrasting details that are perfectly on theme for the holiday — like bunnies, carrots, flowers, or baby chicks.
Chill Pill Easter Eggs
Who couldn’t use a few of these? Turn your eggs into chill pills using pink acrylic paint, painter’s tape to mask off the white half, and small black letter stickers to spell out the message.
Folk Art Easter Egg
Traditional Scandinavian folk art features stylized flowers and elements of nature along with geometric patterns for a sweet and charming result. Use it as inspiration to do some of your own rosemaling (this style of decorative painting) on little egg canvases.
Indigo Marbled Easter Eggs
These amazing eggs evoke the infinite cosmos… or maybe your favorite jeans. Whatever you see in them, you can get the look using blue nail polish using this easy, inexpensive technique.
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