Traditionally, eggs at Easter are not chocolate but real chicken’s ones, coloured or painted. You can keep the tradition alive by soft-boiling some eggs in water with a little food colouring added (so they come out of the pan with their shells coloured) – or you can roll up your craft-y sleeves and paint eggshells in lovely, bright patterns. It’s a great craft activity to involve your children in, as long as you stock up on plenty of eggs for the inevitable eggshell breakages!
Here’s how to paint eggs for Easter…
What you’ll need:
- White glue
- Tissue paper
- Bright paints
*Adult supervision required
Tap an egg sharply on the rim of a mug to make a crack. Then, using your fingers, carefully break it in half over the cup to get rid of the yolk.
Wash the two pieces of shell carefully and leave to dry. Then, hold one half and paint white glue along its cracked edge.
Carefully fit the other half on top and brush glue along the crack to seal. Place it in an egg carton to dry.
Rip a piece of tissue paper into small pieces and then brush the top half of the egg with white glue.
Press pieces of the tissue onto the glue and continue to brush on until the top half is completely covered. Leave to dry.
Holding the top half, cover the bottom of the egg with tissue paper and glue the same way you did in steps 4 and 5.
Mix some bright paints with a little white glue on an old plate. Paint one half of the egg in a block colour, leave to dry and then paint the other half the same. When dry, use a thin paintbrush to decorate it with flowers, hearts or spots.
Why not try… Making a whole tray of funky eggs to use in an egg hunt.
For more ideas…
This and other Easter crafts can be found in 50 Easter Things to Make and Do (£5.99, Usborne).
We’ve got lots more Easter crafts to make for and with your kids: