There are endless egg decorating ideas for children on line but while I was looking for inspiration for my own child I discovered that there are some really quite grown up designs too.
Here are twelve which you might like to try and recreate yourself … some will have instructions to follow while some are purely to fuel your imagination.
*Look out for the HOMEMADE MOD PODGE recipe at the bottom of this article*
Watercolour Eggs from The Given Life
The beauty of this idea is that it spans all ages and abilities.
The stunning examples on the featured site use blown eggs but you could use hardboiled if you prefer.
Decorate your eggs using water colour paints diluted with plenty of water for a delicate look or try using water colour pens directly on to your egg then manipulate your image with a water brush for a different effect.
Remember the surface of an egg isn’t perfectly smooth and this will have an impact on your art.
For inspiration visit The Given Life
Shabby Chic Eggs from Sylwia Serwin
This website is not in English but it does include detailed pictures which give you the information that you need to recreate this elegant look.
If you have some metallic guilding wax in your crafty stash that would give an extra special finishing touch to this project.
For picture instructions on how to make this egg visit Sylwia Serwin
Sharpie Zentangle Doodle Eggs from Alisa Burke
Zentangle is still extremely popular.
Simple black on white, using a Sharpie marker, gives an eye catching result but if you have brown eggs consider using a white pen for your design to get a kraft paper finish.
There’s no right or wrong here which is part of the appeal. Just set your doodling free.
The hugely talented Alisa Burke has some fabulous examples for you to take your inspiration from.
For instructions on how to create this look visit Alisa Burke ’s blog.
Silk Tie Dyed Eggs from Our Best Bites
Did you know that if you boil an egg wrapped in a silk tie the fabric pattern will transfer on to the shell?
Sara Wells will show you how in her step by step tutorial.
For further instructions visit Our Best Bites
Chalkboard Eggs from Oleander And Palm
I really must get myself some chalkboard paint because every idea that I write about which uses it really appeals to me.
You could use these as place settings and write names on them for your Easter dinner table or everyone at the table could decorate their own with chalk.
If you don’t fancy the mess of chalk you could achieve a similar effect using black acrylic paint for your base and either white acrylic paint or a pen for the design.
Visit Oleander And Palm for inspiration.
Decoupage Eggs from Honestly Yum
The tutorial I’ve included uses ostrich eggs but as these are a little tricky to get hold of while you are at the supermarket doing your weekly shop you can just buy a pack of chicken eggs. Erica does state though that the big eggs create a fabulous look so may be practise on your regular eggs first and then see if you can track down a more dramatic one.
These eggs look difficult to make but it’s easy to achieve this look.
You can also cut your image out of paper napkins or use craft stickers, making sure the sticker is small enough to mould around your egg.
For instructions on how to make these eggs visit Honestly Yum
Confetti Eggs from Alice And Lois
Quick … easy … fun … and suitable for all ages.
For instructions, including a video, on how to achieve this look visit Alice And Lois
Unicorn Eggs from The Best Ideas For Kids
This tutorial is actually to make unicorn ornaments using baubles but it is so detailed that it would be a shame to skip it just because it doesn’t feature eggs … the same instructions would be perfect to make a unicorn egg sitting in an egg cup instead of hanging.
To check out the instructions visit The Best Ideas For Kids
*BONUS* Unicorn Poop Meringues from Forkly
Ok so this is completely off topic but while I was looking for unicorn eggs I found this fun meringue idea.
Top of the list to try in our house!
If you’d like to make your own visit Forkly
Glitter Eggs from Nifty Thrifty Bits
Who doesn’t love a little bit of glitz?
These eggs are simple to make with stunning results.
For further instructions visit Nifty Thrifty Bits
Mosaic Eggs from Sugar And Charm
These mosaic eggs would look stunning presented in fancy egg cups on your window ledge.
There’s a bit more work involved in making them but the effect is well worth it.
For instructions on how to make these pretty eggs visit Sugar And Charm
Cactus Eggs from Delia Creates
Cactus craft exploded on to the scene and shows no sign of losing poularity.
It would be a lot of fun to decorate your egg to look like a cactus … this idea is perfect for little ones but us big kids can add an extra bit of pizazz with our crafty imagination.
For inspiration on how to make yourself a prickle free cactus egg visit Delia Creates
String Easter Eggs from Craft Whack
To finish, and round off the dozen, I’m breaking the rules slightly … this isn’t an egg decorating idea but I think these string eggs would look fabulous as an Easter decoration either hanging up, sitting as a collection in a bowl or even on an egg cup.
Why not use glittery thread to make yours?
You could try using PVA glue if you already have some to hand rather than buying branded Elmers. You might have to experiment with your mix but it will be worth it.
For instructions on how to make string eggs visit Craft Whack
Home Made Mod Podge from Lulastic
Mod Podge pops up in many online tutorials but it is expensive and not always readily available … you can make your own though and the fabulous Lucy AitkenRead will show you how.
For instructions on how to make your own basic Mod Podge, along with how to pimp it to make the gloss version, visit Lulastic