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Easter Egg Decorating

If children have paint shirts or other smocks, have them put them on for the first phase of this project. Prepare a work surface with a layer of newspaper. Lay out art supplies and previously dyed or plain hard-boiled eggs. If using dyed eggs, make sure they are fully dry before decorating.

Have kids dip an old toothbrush into water-based acrylic paint. Show them how to gently run their finger over the bristles to splatter the paint onto the egg. Encourage kids to get creative with multiple layers of color.

To make an egg sparkle, help children brush an egg with glue. It is helpful to let the egg sit in the well of an egg carton to keep hands free. Sprinkle glitter or sanding sugar over the glue.

When dry, flip the egg over and repeat these steps to finish the look. If using glitter, a matching glitter and dye combination makes the color really pop. A final decorative touch can be leant with brightly colored thread.

Show kids how to wrap the thread around the egg, securing it from time to time with a small dot of glue. Encourage kids to try wide and narrow spaces between the threads to create a unique look.


  • Smocks
  • Newspapers
  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Old Toothbrushes
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Non-toxic Glue
  • Paint Brushes
  • Glitter or Sanding Sugar
  • Bright Thread

Feedback from Crafts Mom

This is a very fun way to make Easter eggs, they are beautiful. I have always wanted to know a way to make special Easter eggs with my children and this is it. So fun to do and endless creativity can be used.