Easter is quickly approaching, and seeing all of the Easter egg coloring kits while shopping at the grocery store brings me back to my childhood. While dying real eggs can be fun, I’ve always had a hard time destroying something that looks so beautiful. I prefer the idea of making Easter eggs that last!
I also love Easter egg coloring ideas that my 6-year-old and I can enjoy together. And let’s be honest, kids always come up with the most creative ideas. Even though Easter egg decorating is a holiday tradition for many families, it’s no secret that dyeing eggs can result in a serious mess! It’s a close second to carving pumpkins when it comes to the messiest of holiday crafts!
Below you’ll find nine kid-tested and approved ideas to decorate your Easter eggs this year. For each of these Easter crafts, I used matte, faux Easter eggs. Faux eggs are available at most craft supply stores.
Chalkboard Easter Eggs
Creating chalk Easter eggs is probably one of my favorite egg decorating techniques. I love that they remind me of old school chalkboards. Plus, with dustless chalk crayons, you get all the fun without all of the mess that comes with old school chalk. I give this egg coloring idea an A+!
Chalk Easter Egg Supplies:
- Paint – To create a chalkboard surface, paint your egg with black acrylic paint or black chalkboard paint. I used acrylic paint.
- Chalk crayons – These Chalk-o-Rama chalk crayons will be your new obsession! Not only are they amazing for chalkboard Easter eggs, but they also work wonderfully on leaves and rocks.
Bright Easter Eggs with Highlighters
If you love bright, happy colors, then highlighter Easter eggs are for you. Plus, they just so happen to be incredibly easy!
Highlighter Easter Egg Supplies:
- These Jumbo Juicy Scented Highlighters are perfect for bright neon eggs.
- Another option to try would be these fun Stampables Scented Double-Ended Stamp Markers. With a stamp on one end and a chiseled side on the other end, you could combine doodles with stamps.
Playful Easter Eggs with Stickers
By far the easiest eggs are these sticker eggs. From fun and playful to soft and delicate, you can match your egg stickers to just about any look and feel.
Sticker Easter Egg Supplies:
- You can either put your stickers on a blank egg or create a beautiful background with acrylic paint or watercolors.
- Mix and match fun and colorful stickers with black and white sketches or words to turn your eggs into characters, scenes, and stories. You can find fun stickers that are the perfect size for faux eggs in all shapes and sizes.
- For a more sophisticated sticker Easter egg, combine a watercolor background with stickers like these beautiful Dear My Love stickers.
Watercolor Easter Eggs
Watercolor paint is one of the easiest transitions from dye because it allows for a varying palette. Similar to using dye, using watercolors allows the egg artist to choose an array of colors, from very bold, vibrant ones to soft pastels, by adjusting the amount of water used. Try making different strokes with the brush for a striped or swirled effect.
Watercolor Easter Egg Supplies:
- Lil’ Watercolor Paint Pods
- Included paint brush
- Small bowl of water
Puffy Paint Egg Patterns
Neon puffy paints are an offbeat way to add a pop of color and excitement to your Easter egg decorating. Both young ones and teens love using the Magic Puffy Pens because they can watch the paint designs puff up before their eyes with the use of a hairdryer to produce brilliant, textured eggs.
Puffy Paint Easter Egg Supplies
- Magic Puffy Pens (Neon)
- Hair dryer (optional)—use this according to the package instructions to increase the “puffiness” of the puffy paint pens. You can use the paints for their vibrant colors without the puffy texture (no hairdryer) if desired.
Rainbow Easter Eggs
If you’re really looking to save on clean-up time, colored pencils make for a quick Easter egg decorating solution. Try using a water-soluble colored pencil like OOLY’s Chroma Blends Mechanical Watercolor Pencils. The egg artist can blend the colored pencil markings with water using a cotton swab like a Q-tip or the included brush. The finished eggs resemble a beautiful watercolor painting effect.
Rainbow Easter Egg Supplies
- Chroma Blends Mechanical Watercolor Pencils
- Included paint brush (or cotton swab)
- Small bowl of water
Masked Easter Eggs
Achieve perfect lines by using thin strips of washi tape around the egg to create a masking technique. First, determine your desired pattern. This technique is especially useful for geometric or striped egg designs. Once your design is mapped out using the crafting tape, fill in the spaces between the taped lines with markers or paint. Try using a combination of metallic markers and bold black markers to create unique designs.
Masked Easter Egg Supplies
Pointillism Egg Inspiration
As in the masking technique, have the egg artist block out the desired shape using tape or a sticker. Use really bright markers and a series of tiny dots surrounding the sticker border. If you concentrate more dots around the edge of the shape and fewer dots further from the edge, this gradual fade creates a burst effect and gives more definition to the intended shape. If you can’t find a fun-shaped sticker to use, try creating a cross shape using two thin pieces of washi tape.
Pointillism Egg Supplies
- Pastel Liners Dual Tip Markers
- Heart-shaped sticker (or replace with another favorite shape)
Decoupage Easter Eggs
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts to it. This simple technique creates beautiful results. Finished with several coats of varnish or lacquer, the colored cutouts create remarkable designs with minimal effort.
This Easter, try coloring a few pages in your favorite coloring book. Look for one with beautiful illustrations that work well for Easter egg decorating. Cut out a few egg-sized design elements to decorate the eggs.
In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of Mod Podge (other craft glues may work as long as they are clear when they dry) with equal parts water. Submerge the cutout into the bowl till the paper is completely covered with the glue mixture. Carefully wrap the cutout along the surface of the egg. If needed, use a brush to spread the glue mixture evenly across the surface to secure the cutout in place. Allow the Easter eggs to dry completely.
Decoupage Egg Supplies
- Coloring Book
- Chroma Blends Mechanical Watercolor Pencils
- Glue (Recommended: Mod Podge; however, you may be able to substitute Elmer’s Glue if needed)
Freehand Marker Egg Designs
Markers are an easy alternative to dyes and paints. Try using an assortment of markers with different size tips to create artistic eggs. Simple patterns using brightly colored markers paired with bold black lines make for exciting but easy-to-accomplish designs. For example, try swirling bold black markers, then filling in the loops with pastel markers for an abstract Easter egg.
Alternatively, cover the egg with orange triangles with three green leaves on top. Accent with black lines to create a stylized carrot pattern. Or just have fun freehand doodling!
Freehand Marker Egg Supplies
Additional Easter Egg Coloring Tips
To reduce the stress of cleanup, choosing the right egg-decorating material for your family is important. Many OOLY products are washable and designed for messy artists, so if you have toddlers in the home, consider the washable options.
Always have a drop cloth on the table before starting your project. If you don’t have one on hand, use an old towel or a few long pieces of foil or parchment paper. Above all, just have fun decorating together. Letting your children envision and create their own Easter eggs is key. Get involved by decorating one or two eggs yourself!
Bonus: Coloring Page for Easter – Free Printable!
Enjoy more coloring crafts and fun Easter activities with this free Easter coloring page printable from illustrator and OOLY friend Ashley Lucas. Join Zinnie the Rabbit on her adventures to collect egg cups for Easter. This free coloring page was designed exclusively by Lady Lucas for OOLY. Check it out!