6 Kid-Friendly Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
Ready to hop into egg decorating? Easter provides plenty of opportunity to get creative--particularly when it comes to dyeing your eggs! If you’re wondering how to decorate Easter eggs with kids in a fresh new way that’s fun and interesting, consider these inspirational ideas from Pottery Barn Kids. These kid-friendly ideas are appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Treat your kids to something new and different this Easter – it could be the start of a brand-new family tradition!
Easter eggs are a fun way to introduce your kids to the magic of food science. Instead of picking out a standard dye kit, consider going all natural. You can use food ingredients like turmeric, beets, blueberries, red cabbage and onion skins mixed with vinegar to create all-natural dyes that work like a charm on both white and brown eggs. In fact, some of these ingredients, such as red cabbage, produce different colors depending on each eggshell’s hue. Budding chefs can help you prepare the dye recipe by grating the beets or measuring out turmeric and stirring everything together.
Wax Resist Dyeing with Crayons
It’s fun to use wax relief-dyeing techniques to create patterns on Easter eggs. Use a clear or white crayon to draw designs on the egg—the shell won’t absorb dye in the spots that you’ve doodled. Some Easter egg dyeing kits come with wax pencils or crayons made specifically for this purpose. However, these crayons can be fragile and might be challenging for children still working on their fine motor control. You can use an easier tool to mark out the shapes. High-quality, soft wax crayons work well, but kids may find white oil pastels and china markers easy to use, too.
This idea is easy and fun for all ages! Little ones can use stickers in cute, cut-out shapes like hearts and stars to create a pattern before dipping eggs into the dye. Once the dye has dried, peel off the stickers to reveal a plain white spot – and a neat design – where the sticker was. This is a quick and easy way to create patterns on your Easter eggs.
Glitter glue is fantastic for egg decoration, and there are many ways to incorporate it! You can use pre-dyed hard-boiled eggs as a blank canvas for kids to use while they’re add embellishment. If you have a craft-loving kid who wants to go all-out with the glitter glue, consider using an egg blowing technique to empty out the shell of a raw egg. That way, your child can keep their sparkly finished product on display for months!
To empty out your eggs while keeping the shells intact, poke holes into each end of a raw egg using a sewing pin. Then, use a toothpick to widen each hole a little bit and stir up the yolk and white inside. To finish, insert a small straw into one hole and blow the raw egg out through the hole on the other side.
Permanent Marker Designs
Now that you know about blown-out eggs, consider some other decoration techniques that are long-lasting and safe. It’s not a good idea to do this one on hard-boiled eggs you intend to eat because the marker ink can penetrate through the shell. But with blown-out eggshells, you can get creative and have your kids use permanent markers to draw designs on their dyed Easter eggs.
Decoupage is a simple decor technique that involves gluing pieces of paper to a surface to create a design. If you want to get really crafty with your Easter eggs this year, you can forego the dyeing altogether and have your little one’s create a collage on their eggs, instead! Tissue paper, magazine cutouts and scraps of gift wrap are all great options. Your child can tear the paper into pieces by hand or use scissors or craft punches to achieve different shapes.