With all of us spending time social distancing in the run-up to Easter, getting crafty is a brilliant way to pass the time and also create something pretty to enjoy. Here we show you three beautiful and easy Easter egg decorating ideas using materials you should have at home. So, to find out how to make yourself an eggcellent Easter display, let’s get cracking (so sorry)…
Materials you will need
1. Some eggs – we just used some normal brown eggs from our local shop (if you can get your hands on white ones, those are extra cute, but really any eggs will do
2. Sharpies or other permanent markers – whatever colour you have
3. A paintbrush and some paint – we used acrylic here as it’s what we had at home, but other paint would also work
4. Tissue paper and some PVA glue – any scraps of tissue paper you have shoved in your wrapped box or craft drawer (or is that just me?!)
How to prepare eggs for decorating
There are two ways to do this. The first way is to hard boil the eggs – place them in a large saucepan, cover them about an inch of cool water, cover with a lid, bring to a boil and then set a timer for 7 minutes and cook over medium-high heat, then cool under a cold tap. If you do this and want to eat the eggs after decorating, you will need to eat them that day or keep them in a fridge for up to a week.
The other way is to blow out your eggs, which is a bit more tricky, but means the eggs last as long as you want to keep them! Use a pin to pierce a hole at the top and bottom of the egg and then using the hole at the top, blow to push the egg out. A top tip is to use a toothpick to break the yolk up whilst still inside, which makes it easier. You have to blow quite hard, but the egg will come out into a bowl and then you can use it for cooking an Easter cake (bonus!). When the egg is empty, rinse it under water and leave upright to dry.
Decorating your eggs
For the dotted egg, start by painting the egg in white. Once dry, use a small sharpie pen or any black pen that has a small tip to draw lots of dots around the egg. The dots don’t have to be exactly the same size and so go over some of them to create more a dalmatian effect!
We’re a big fan of letterforms at Martha Brook and so, of course, we had to have some hand-lettered eggs. To do this, paint your egg with a background colour of your choice. Think of a short word to write on the egg (love, joy, bloom and home are great words to use). Using the smooth side of the egg, lightly write out your word with a pencil so you can use this as a guide. Split your word into sections so you can write them out in parts. Once you’re ready, just go for it!
Finally, to create a lovely egg with some texture on, give your egg a base colour by painting it all in white or whatever you like. Whilst this is drying, gently paint your tissue paper in a different colour (we love pastels, but you choose) and once dry, tear the paper into smaller pieces using your hands. When the egg is ready, stick the pieces of the tissue paper around it using the PVA glue.
Displaying your eggs
And it’s that easy! You can display your eggs in a bowl, or if you have blown them out, you can use the hole to hang them on some sprigs to create a beautiful table centrepiece. We are eggcited (last pun I promise) to see how you get on! Happy Easter holidays and you can shop our Easter collection here.