In many cultures eggs are a symbol of fertility and rebirth that far predate the Easter holiday. As tokens of springtime rituals, breathtaking artistry has evolved around decorated eggs. Techniques such as carving, engraving, batik and applique result in intricate designs worth millions of dollars.
Inspired by centuries of amazing art, these modern decorating techniques will help you create gorgeous Easter eggs worthy of gifting to family and friends.
Dip-dyeing eggs is a classic egg decorating technique. These inspired designs modernize the process with trendy colors and fantastic textures. For eye-catching eggs, skip the PAAS dye pack in favor of super bright food coloring. Add a subtle pattern to your color by wrapping the eggs in fabric before dipping.
Hand-drawn designs may be reminiscent of Ukraine’s prized pysanky, but their whimsical imperfections are more suited for Easter games. They’ll look great on a shelf as decoration, and then you can hide them for an egg hunt without worrying about what might break. Recreate your hand-drawn eggs using paint pens, chalk, fine-point pens or acrylic paint.
Marble Easter Eggs
Add some sparkle to your egg decorating tool kit. The luster of gilded eggs isn’t limited to gold. Try copper or silver foil for shine that stands out from the crowd.
Decorating Easter eggs with a watercolor effect is fun and much simpler than it looks. There are several different approaches that will result in a luscious coat of fluid color that is truly stunning. If you want the most artistic eggs on the block – in the least amount of time – this is the best decorating technique.
Decorating with botanic ingredients will imbue Easter eggs with rustic charm. Gather a few leaves and flowers from the garden and attach them to the eggs before dip-dyeing as usual. For extra authenticity, use natural dyes like onion skins and purple cabbage.
Rather not fuss with messy dyes? Embroidery thread comes in an array of bright color, which will match your Easter decor. Try out various types of thread to achieve different styles and transform a simple string-wrapped egg into an objet d’arte.
Decoupage is a useful decorating technique for blown eggs, as it will make fragile shells more durable. Any number of materials can be used to decoupage an egg: colorful tissue papers, paper napkins and scraps of pretty paper or fabric.
If you want to simplify your egg decorating, it doesn’t get much easier than stickers. However, you don’t need to limit your designs to traditional stickers to get the benefits of peel-and-stick. Use a paper punch to cut out shapes and make custom stickers from washi tape. Add a little bling to your Easter basket with stick-on rhinestones.
Get creative! Now is the perfect time to pick up a dozen miniature canvases and hatch a few artful egg ideas of your own. Follow us on Pinterest and browse more ideas for inspired living.