The first thing I asked my mom when I got home for Easter break was "Can we dye Easter eggs?" So on Friday night we gathered our craft supplies, spread the newspaper, and set to work coloring around 6 dozen fresh eggs.
We have a small backyard flock of chickens that range in breed and size. They give us such a beautiful variety of eggs that we didn't actually have to dye any. But boy, did we ever decorate those bad boys.
I used acrylic paint for a few spring flower bouquets and tried my hand at egg lettering with some gold leaf paint. The gold leaf was definitely my personal favorite. Head over to the Vagabondary Instagram page to see some time lapse videos of the process.
Some of the other techniques my family used (that you might want to hang on to for next year) included:
- Sharpie art (which works surprisingly well and is easier to control for those not too savvy with a paintbrush)
- Feathers and Mod Podge (a clever use of multiple chicken products)
- Acrylic paint and plastic wrap: fill the plastic wrap with paint and gently press it around the egg (makes a cool texture that can be a base for more elaborate designs)
- Watercolor and gold leaf: paint gold leaf designs and then add watercolor in the blank space (creates a gorgeous soft pastel look)
Do you and your family decorate eggs with non-traditional techniques? What are some of your favorite ways to create these little works of Easter art? Comment with your ideas!