Good morning! Easter is almost here! We started getting ready for the Easter bunny by decorating our eggs this past weekend! I usually buy a kit from the store and dye them, but this year I wanted to try something different and also involve Bugaboo. These Eric Carle-inspired Easter eggs were so much fun to make and very simple! I love how colorful and vibrant they turned out! I was a little apprehensive about attempting to dye eggs with a 2- year-old and these eggs solved that problem by not involving dye at all! Just tissue paper and paint!
Bugaboo had a lot of fun painting the tissue paper and using different materials to make patterns in the paint. When all of our tissue paper was painted, I decoupaged it onto the eggs and voila! – bright, fun, and cheerful eggs ready for Easter! The best part was Bugaboo recognized the caterpillar and the other fun collages on the eggs and was totally into them!
- Hard boiled eggs
- White tissue paper
- Paint (we used Crayola washable kid’s paints in classic colors)
- Paper plates to hold the paint
- Mod Podge (we used matte)
- Paint brushes and other pattern/distressing tools
- Hole punch (for decorating)
- Eric Carle inspiration! From books, toys, or online images!
STEP 1: Be inspired! We have lots of Eric Carle things around the house so it was easy to be inspired! I got out Bugaboo’s Eric Carle flashcards and used them as inspiration for all the different patterns. The key to getting the look is lots of layers!
STEP 2: Paint the tissue paper. Paint with lots of layers. You can let the paper dry in-between the layers or layer the paint wet. You can use lots of different things to create textures. I ended up using different sized paint brushes, a sponge, pencil erasers for dotting, and a toothpick for dragging through the paint. I put a piece of computer paper under my tissue paper to catch the paint bleeding through. Make sure to lift the tissue paper up after each layer so it doesn’t stick!
STEP 3: Decoupage! I tore the tissue paper into tiny pieces and then covered the egg in the Mod Podge. I then stuck the tissue paper randomly to the egg and covered the pieces with Mod Podge as I went. Older kids will have a lot of fun doing this since anything goes and you don’t have to be precise.
I decided to get fancy with some of the eggs and add little collage pictures to them. I cut out the pieces of tissue paper and applied them the same way I did on the other eggs – except this took longer and took some patience working with such tiny pieces of tissue paper!
I’ll be back next Monday with a fun DIY paper project. Happy Easter everyone!
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