How to make traditional painted Easter eggs

It's a classic Easter tradition: follow our simple step-by-step instructions for beautiful decorated eggs

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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!

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Here’s how to paint eggs for Easter…

What you’ll need:

  • Eggs, with their egg carton
  • Mug
  • Paintbrush
  • White glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Bright paints
  • Old plate

*Adult supervision required

Step 1

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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 and white.

Step 2

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Wash the 2 pieces of shell carefully and leave to dry. Then, hold one half and paint white glue along its cracked edge.

Step 3

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Carefully fit the other half on top and brush glue along the crack to seal. Place it in an egg carton to dry.

Step 4

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Rip a piece of tissue paper into small pieces and then brush the top half of the egg with white glue.

Step 5

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Press pieces of the tissue paper onto the glue and continue to brush on until the top half is completely covered. Leave to dry.

Step 6

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Holding the dry top half, cover the bottom of the egg with tissue paper and glue, the same way you did in steps 4 and 5.

Step 7

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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, decorate it with painted flowers, hearts or spots.

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