As she scooted up to the craft table, my daughter’s eyes got as big as saucers. Before her was a painting wonderland. Pinks, purples, greens, yellows, orange, red, and even white. With an amused expression on her face, she quietly asked, ‘Are we going to use all of those colors Mommy?’ ‘Yes, Sweetheart. We are.’ Then her smile widened into a giggle, her eyes danced with delight. This was going to be so much fun! Creating these Easter Egg Crafts for Kids was going to be a blast for both of us!
She couldn’t wait to dig in.
Super Easy Painted Easter Egg Crafts for Kids
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- Crafting Eggs (You can order them online here, but they might be more expensive. I picked mine up at Michael’s, $3 for a dozen)
- A used egg carton (we used this as a stand for the eggs)
- White paper, or a tablecloth/drop cloth to protect your table
- A wide assortment of acrylic paints (I stuck with spring colors)
- An assortment of paint brush types and containers
How to Create the Easter Egg Masterpieces
- The set up for this craft/art activity is part of what made it so much fun. I wanted to give my daughter as much artistic license as was reasonable. However, I also wanted to encourage her to use different painting techniques. So, I put squirted a variety of acrylic paint colors into a plastic paint palette. I also filled a few plastic cups about 1/3 full of paint that I hoped she would use as more of a base paint. Yeah, that was kind of wishful thinking on my part (more on that in a minute).
- For paint brushes, I put regular foam brushes in the paint cups, but I used Q tips for the paint palette.
- For the eggs, I just turned an egg carton upside down and propped the eggs in the grooves. This method was a simple craft hack, but it only could hold 6 of the eggs at a time. This project was going to get messy. Note: I used the craft eggs because it was worth $3 for me not to have to blow out real eggs.. and then worry about them breaking. These eggs are not indestructible. However, they aren’t as fragile as real eggs either.
- When Sweet Pea came to the table I gave her simple instructions– 1. Paint only on the surface covered by the white paper. 2. Don’t paint the actual table.
- We worked together.. I have found that, at least with my 3-year old, she is much more engaged in the process of creating art if I do it with her.
- I tried to show her different paint techniques like painting the egg one color and then going back and using the Q tip to make dots or stripes. Yeah, she wasn’t into that kind of structure. Actually, even the eggs I painted, she went back and added her own flourishes.
- It was and is a beautiful mess.
- This craft did get super messy. It was unavoidable because at some point we had to handle the painted eggs in order to finish painting them. At some point, our painting activity devolved into some form of body art. It always does. I think Sweet Pea might be some sort of exhibitionist. She had a blast though and that is all that really matters.
- After you are satisfied with your painted eggs, clean up and set the eggs aside to dry. We did the craft in the morning and they were dry by the evening.
I was a little skeptical that Sweet Pea’s artistic license would amount to anything more than a big mess. Well, it was a mess, but seriously, didn’t these eggs turn out beautifully?
To display them, I just put them in a simple white bowl. I think they are gorgeous.. and I want to keep them forever.
Do you have a unique way to decorate your Easter Eggs? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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