2018 Easter egg decorating: Ideas from designers and illustrators

It’s time for 2018 Easter egg decorating ideas. As is our way, we gathered up a half-dozen-ish creative folk and turned them loose with some paint, a little design inspiration from our archives, and a bunch of nekkid eggs. We hope you’ll get inspired to try a few of their approaches yourself!

2018 Easter egg decorating: Decorated eggs


  • Acrylic paint (we kept ours to a limited palette)
  • Plastic paint palettes
  • Permanent and paint markers
  • Paint brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Cups of water for rinsing brushes
  • Tape for masking off sections of egg
  • Scissors

2018 Easter egg decorating: Table set up for decorating

2018 Easter egg decorating: Table set up for decorating

2018 Easter egg decorating: Printed designs and painted eggs

Painting an Easter egg


To prep for a workshop like this I usually spend some time pulling research items and thinking about what supplies I will need. This time around I knew I just wanted to paint, so narrowing a color palette was one of my first steps. I also decided to bring along some metallic gold markers.

Pro Tip

While this time around I just painted and drew on the eggs, I also love decorating with attachments! In previous years I have glued on sequins, gems, and even fabric flowers to decorate eggs.

Painting an Easter egg


I wanted to paint some eggs that were easy for someone any age and artistic ability to make. My first step was picking a cheerful spring color palette, then I started working in layers, one color at a time. Since we used acrylic paint, I had to wait for things to dry in between layers.

I liked overlapping colors and painting intuitively, each egg I painted was slightly different but they all were tied together by the same color palette and mark making patterns.

Pro tip

We ended up using a small hair dryer to speed up the process.

Painting Easter eggs

Holding a decorated Easter egg

Decorating eggs around a table


I used a variety of mark-making, lettering, and illustration to keep it interesting.

Pro tip

Have fun and experiment with different tools. Use paint pens or Sharpies so you don’t have to worry about brush control. If you want to go the traditional route of dying eggs, try adding some mark-making with a gold Sharpie or white paint marker once the eggs have dried.

Decorating an Easter egg with permanent marker


Color is a huge inspiration for anything I do. Eggs can be a tricky form to work with, and letting the colors speak, or lead, was the perfect solution! Many of my eggs did not turn out—I had to redo some and they turned out unexpectedly cute! Who knew paint and a Sharpie could be so fun, so easy, so cute!

Easter eggs being painted

Holding a decorated Easter egg

Hand-painted Easter egg

Painting an Easter egg


I actually sketched this one out on my iPad! Laying down color and shapes helps inform what I’ll do on the eggs. I didn’t follow it exactly, but it helped me get started.

Pro tip

Eggs are also tricky to paint on–—so it may help to think of simple shapes and patterns to start with. Simple mark making is very trendy!

Decorated Easter eggs

Decorating an Easter egg with a paint marker

Adding detail to a painted egg with a Sharpie

Some of our favorite 2018 Easter egg decorating ideas…

Decorated Easter eggs

Decorated Easter eggs

Holding decorated Easter eggs

Holding a decorated Easter egg

Holding a decorated Easter egg

Holding a decorated Easter egg

Holding a decorated Easter egg

Holding a decorated Easter egg

Holding a decorated Easter egg

Holding a decorated Easter egg

We’ve got even more egg-spiration for you. And we’d love to see what you do with it! Tag us on Instagram @think.make.share) or on our Facebook page.

Photography: Kyndall D. and Erin M.


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  1. 3.12.19 | Reply
    Linda wrote:

    Did you use regular boiled eggs? Are you going to eat them or just throw them away.?
    I am one to want to keep forever. Do you just display and leave out of fridge and just pitch after few days? Wooden eggs would be fun here to try so you can keep them and add to next year!

    • 3.13.19 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      Hi, Linda!
      We use all fake or blown eggs so they don’t spoil!

  2. 4.1.19 | Reply
    Dawna Jurecka wrote:

    I love them all but really liked the black one best! So I am thinking you used black acrylic paint? Just wanted to make sure!

    • 4.1.19 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      Hi, Dawna! I checked with one of the artists, and they purchased black eggs for the project. Here are some similar ones on Amazon. You could get the same effect with matte acrylic paint or chalkboard paint.

  3. 4.2.19 | Reply
    Kathy wrote:

    These are great egg painting ideas. I would add that you blow out the eggs first (darning needle poking out each end carefully), rinsing out the empty egg, and letting it dry thoroughly. Then painting it. Secure a 5 inch length of gold rope with hot glue to the top and cover the bottom hole with sequins or something else, and then you can hang them on a tree. I have done this over the years and keep the decorated eggs in an egg carton and store them in a bin for the next time. Some of my eggs were painted by my parents and uncles who have passed away, so I greatly treasure these and the memories associated with when they painted them.

    • 4.2.19 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      Thanks so much for sharing this, Kathy! We love the tip about keeping the eggs stored safely in a carton.

  4. 4.16.19 | Reply
    Sonja wrote:

    So fab. Saw this on Pinterest. So doing this with my kiddos! https://www.birdagram.com