It’s time for more Easter egg decorating! Eggs are like tiny blank canvases: You can doodle, paint, stain, marble, and dye them. Once again, we’ve rounded up a bunch of Hallmarkers—this time led by Designer Allie S.—to get cracking on some egg-spiration (#sorrynotsorry).
Over the years I’ve decorated eggs at home in many different ways. I love dyeing eggs, but I also love drawing on them—like many artists did in our workshop. This time around, we wanted to create the kind of decorations you can display year after year.
For Hallmark artists, this was a wonderful source of creative renewal and a chance to take a break from our computers to draw, paint, and doodle. I’d highly recommend trying it with a bunch of friends or with your kids. (Our friends on Hallmark.com have some super kid-friendly ideas, too.)
The first step was gathering eggs to decorate. We used a mix of matte plastic, wooden, paper maché and blown eggs. (Most craft stores have a variety of options to choose from.) Each participant brought their own paint, markers, and attachments. If you’re gathering supplies—or asking friends to bring some—here are some suggestions.
MORE EASTER EGG DECORATING SUPPLIES
Paint: acrylic, gouache, stain
Markers: permanent, paint, metallic, chalk, glitter
Attachments: ribbons, yarn, sequins, beads—even tiny flowers and hats
Scissors or craft knife
Containers for water
Table covering (butcher paper, newspaper, trays)
- Choose a color palette beforehand to make the eggs you create feel like a little collection. You can match your home or other Easter décor you have—or if you’re hosting an Easter celebration, it would be fun to coordinate your eggs with your table setting.
- Pastel colors are always lovely, but don’t be afraid to try black and white or even metallics. Gold and silver paint pens come in various sizes and are great for this type of project.
Limiting your color palette frees you to focus on designs and patterns. Lauren painted flowers on black, white and wooden eggs using the similar colors and styles.
Creating characters adds delightful personalities into the mix. Ai’s bunny—complete with paper ears and top hat—makes me smile. You might even create eggs inspired by members of your family.
I love the idea of hot-gluing attachments. It’s easy to add texture by winding yarn around an egg from top to bottom. Rows of sequins give a monochrome egg a modern, geometric-glam look.
The wonderful thing about decorating Easter eggs is that you don’t have to stick with traditional colors or themes, yet they still will be a perfect decoration for the season. Some artists choose to paint geometric patterns, which contrasted beautifully with adorable bunnies and flowers.
In the end each artist brought their own personality to the eggs they decorated. We hope you’re inspired to doodle on some eggs of your own! You can display them on a table runner, in a basket, or in any sort of egg holder—from a carton with the top torn off to a ceramic plate designed for deviled eggs. You might even attach some of your eggs to a spring wreath. So many possibilities!