• Emily Dawe

Decorated Easter Eggs

Create these bright and beautiful Easter eggs with just some paint, paper, feathers and pressed flowers. Whether you choose to use blown eggs or ceramic ones, that's entirely up to you...so let's get cracking and make some EGG-SELENT EGGS!



YOU WILL NEED

  • Eggs - I used ceramic eggs

  • Acrylic paint - I used pink, yellow, mint green, coral, rich blue, red, lilac

  • Paintbrushes in various sizes

  • PVA glue



Cover your work surface with newspaper, then place your eggs on either egg cups or rolls of washi tape to prevent them from rolling around.

Using a wide paintbrush, apply a base coat of paint to as much as the egg as you can. Leave to dry, turn it upside down and paint the bottom. Depending on the paint you use, you may need to apply two or even three coats.




Feather Easter Egg

  • Apply a little PVA glue to the back of a feather, carefully position it onto the egg and press down.

  • Leave to dry.


Cut Paper and Sticker Easter Eggs

  • Using either a die cutting machine, a Cricut or simply freehand, cut out a selection of Springtime motifs such as butterflies, rabbits, flowers or chicks from thin card.

  • Apply a little PVA glue to the back of the motif, position and hold in place until it has adhered.

  • You could cut out the initial of each family member, or if you are hosting an Easter gathering why not cut each guest’s initial and place them on their plate.

  • TIP - If you’re not into intricate cutting, stickers are a great alternative - like this gold rabbit sticker.



Gold Leaf Easter Egg

  • Apply a little gold leaf ‘size’ (this is a specialist glue which stays tacky) to the areas on the egg you’d like to cover with gold.

  • Wait about 10-15 minutes for the size to turn tacky, then dab a piece of artificial gold leaf over the egg. The gold will adhere to the size.

  • Once you are happy with the coverage use a soft brush to brush off any excess gold leaf.



Painted Easter Eggs

You don’t need to be a skilled artist to create beautiful painted blooms on your eggs.


Pink Egg - Once the base colour of paint has dried, use a fine paintbrush and white paint. Start by painting little blobs, then pull the paintbrush away to create a little stem. Once dry apply red paint to the tip of your brush and dot the center of each flower. This design was inspired by the pattern on the pink saucer.


TIP - you can use porcelain pens for drawing on eggs if you’re a bit wobbly with a paintbrush


Leaves Egg - Leave the porcelain egg unpainted, as the blue looks really striking against the white. Using a fine paintbrush (or porcelain pen) paint a stroke of blue about 2cm long. Paint leaf shapes up the stem and leave to dry.


Blue Egg - Using the same blue you used to paint the base colour of the egg, add a few drops to some white paint to create a paler blue, then paint one large and two smaller flowers. Leave to dry, then paint a smaller blue flower inside the large flower and dot the two smaller flowers. Leave to dry, then add a few dots of white as highlights.



Green and Gold Easter Egg

  • Take inspiration from the china and serveware you use and decorate your eggs with similar designs, colours and patterns.

  • First paint the egg pale mint, wait to dry then paint the bottom part dark mint and leave to dry.

  • Add a thin line of an even paler mint along the top edge of the dark jade then, using a fine paintbrush, add red dashes (like the edge of the pink saucer).

  • Finally add hand drawn flourishes using a gold pen.



Pressed Flowers Easter Eggs

You can press flowers a number of ways; the traditional way where you place flowers between two heavy books; there are clever little devices you can use pop in the microwave to speed up the process, or you can buy flowers pre-pressed.


  • Apply a little PVA glue to the underside of your pressed flower - using a cocktail stick can help with particularly delicate ones.

  • Press onto your painted egg and hold down for a few seconds. You can play about with composition, sometimes just one flower can look just as beautiful as lots.

TIP - you can choose to leave the eggs like this, or you could add a coat of varnish to protect them.



Splattered Easter Egg

  • Cover your surfaces with newspaper or even better, work outside.

  • Load up a medium paintbrush (or a toothbrush) with some black paint, pull back the bristles with your finger and flick the paint over the egg.



Ombre Easter Egg

  • Mix up a little mint green paint with some white to make the palest shade, then apply to the top of the egg working the strokes in a downward motion.

  • Add some more mint green paint to the mix to make a slightly darker shade then, working while the paint on the egg is still wet, apply just below the pale shade mixing the two paints.

  • Repeat this process, adding more mint green paint to the mix each time, having the darkest shade at the bottom of the egg.


STILL FEELING CRAFTY? Then check out these projects....


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