Around this time of year, I love seeing all the creative ways people are decorating their Easter eggs! There are some amazing ideas on Pinterest! I bought a bag of paper mache eggs from Michael’s back at the beginning of March without any idea of what I would do with them. Then last week, as I continued with my craft room cleaning/makeover, I came across some of my Harry Potter treat boxes. I love those little treat boxes so much and instantly decided I had to make a couple Harry Potter eggs. Then, as I tend to do when I start crafting, I got carried away, and before I knew it, I had an entire entourage of Harry Potter egg characters complete with paper wrappers and even a few paper hats! Once you start it’s hard to stop!
If you are a Harry Potter fan, hopefully you will enjoy my little eggs! They really were a lot of fun to make! You can download the paper egg holders I created and make your own Harry Potter Easter Eggs this year – or pin this for next year!
Below are the steps I took to create my Harry Potter Easter egg characters. I used acrylic paint to cover the eggs and then used a combination of acrylic paints, markers, and Sharpies to add each character’s features. Basically, I just used whatever was easiest for me to control. Wooden eggs may be better for this as they would be smooth, the paper mache eggs were a bit bumpy in places but were what I had on hand :)
Supplies Needed For Harry Potter Easter Eggs
- Paper Mache Eggs or Wooden Eggs
- Acrylic Paint
- Sharpies and thin tip markers
- FrogTape or another type of painters tape
- Clear ruler
- Free printable for Harry Potter Easter Egg holders (located at the bottom of this post)
- Paper cutter and/or scissors
- Tape, tape runner or glue
I used green FrogTape to block off areas of the eggs I didn’t want painted. Since FrogTape can be pricey, I didn’t want to waste any. I used my clear ruler and easily cut 1/2″ strips of tape!
Painting the Base of the Eggs
All of the eggs are painted in a similar way. I started by painting a flesh color on top followed by a clothing color on the bottom. I measured between 1.5″ and 1.75″ down from the tip of the egg and started my clothing line there. For the Harry Potter students, this is where I started their scarf. Each scarf was a 1/2″ wide. The paint didn’t take long to dry. Once each section was finished, I removed the tape and started the next section. Just be sure the paint is dry before you put your next line of tape down.
When it was time to add the Hogwarts house scarves to my eggs, I taped off the top flesh color and bottom black robe color. I started with whatever color was the lightest and then added the darker color on top. So for the Gryffindor scarves, I first painted a layer of yellow and then added red stripes. The stripes were easy to do using a flat paint brush.
Adding the Faces
I looked at some pictures online and used my Harry Potter Page to Screen Book as a guide for drawing their faces in pencil. (This book is so fun to read and look through, I highly recommend it for any HP fan!) Some of my faces definitely turned out better than others! It was tricky keeping them as simple as possible and also trying to capture the characters. Overall I think you can tell who is who…which is all that matters! :)
Once I was pretty happy with the faces, I went over the pencil with paint and marker. I used paint for the hair, but ultimately found it easier to use Sharpie for the eyes and a thin black marker for the mouth and other details. I used a pink marker for the lips and an orange marker for freckles.
It helped a lot to add a little white dot of paint to each eye after I had colored them with black Sharpie.
I used a paint palette I had to hold the eggs as they dried.
Making the Egg Holders
These were a lot of fun to make and are perfect for holding my eggs! You don’t need to add these, especially if you are using wooden eggs that are flat on the bottom. Since my eggs were rounded on the bottom and I wanted them to stand up, these were perfect.
The free download is available at the end of this post. Simply download the file, save it to your desktop and print it at 100%. I used a paper cutter to cut each holder out and a tape runner to adhere them together. Each of my eggs measured slightly differently around, so I wrapped each egg first and marked where it should close before using my tape runner.
A few of my eggs looked like they really wanted hats! The hats are included in the free printable and are easy to put together.
Dumbledore’s hat is made the same way as Dolores Umbridge’s hat. Start by cutting out the shapes. Make tiny slashes with your scissors along the outside of the hat circle, making sure not to cut into the darker colored centered circle. Fold all the little slashed pieces down. Apply glue or tape to the back side of the hat’s side band (the long rectangle) and wrap this around the slashed pieces. For Dumbledore’s hat, match up the tassel first.
Professor McGonagall’s hat is a little different but also easy to assemble. Cut out the two shapes. Fold the curved piece into a cone, taping or gluing the seam. Cut out the center circle of the hat brim. You can cut out a larger or smaller center circle depending on how big your egg is and how you want the hat to sit. Hot glue the hat pieces together or set them on top of the egg as is.
These Harry Potter Easter Eggs turned out so cute and this was a great project for the rainy week we just had! With Easter just a week away, I am checking off lots of the little Easter crafts I hoped to do.
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