5 BEST Egg Decorating Ideas Inspired by Nature

5 BEST Egg Decorating Ideas Inspired by Nature

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Beautiful nature-inspired egg decorating ideas by Sarah Olmsted of Imagine Childhood.

5 BEST Egg Decorating Ideas Inspired by Nature

I love new ideas for creative egg decorating, so when Sarah from Imagine Childhood offered to write a round-up of natural egg decorating activities, I was so excited! And when I saw her beautiful photos, I couldn’t wait to share them. Here’s Sarah…

At Imagine Childhood, we’re always looking for a way to add a little nature education into our crafts and activities, and with spring just around the corner, I thought I’d share one of my favorite annual egg decorating traditions: Educational Eggs! This round up features some of my favorite ideas.

Kids love making them, and after all the creative fun, you end up with pretty heirlooms that look beautiful year after year.

Once you gather your craft supplies together (check below for a few of our favorites), all you have to do is select a subject that your child loves at the moment (bugs, butterflies, flowers, stars, planets, etc.) and dive right in. Best of all, it’s easy to adapt the project to any age or skill level. 

The simplest versions require only stickers or clear wax crayons and egg dye. If your kids are older and a little more ambitious, they can try their hand at our cameo eggs and make lovely silhouettes.  Have a budding artist on your hands?  Try lifelike painting from your favorite guide books!

So without further ado, here are a few tips and tricks to get you and your merry brood exploring and creating! I hope you love this round-up of egg decorating inspired by nature.

5 BEST Egg Decorating Ideas Inspired by Nature

5 BEST Egg Decorating Ideas Inspired by Nature

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Note: Start your projects with clean and dry, blown out eggs.  Here’s a quick and easy tutorial for that if you need it.

Now, depending on your kiddos skill level, chose one or more of these methods for decorating:

Wax Resist Constellation Eggs by Imagine Childhood

1. Wax Resist Constellation Eggs

Since egg dye won’t penetrate the places you’ve drawn on with clear wax crayon, this simple method can be a lot of fun and even a little bit magic.  

We love using this process for constellation eggs. Constellations are simple to draw and a quick dip in a lovely blue will reveal their celestial beauty.

Space Eggs by Imagine Childhood

2. Planet Eggs

These planetary eggs work great for Easter, Earth Day, or anytime you want to learn more about planets. Use a book about planets or an image to inspire you and try your hand at creating your own solar system! First, dye your eggs to colors that most closely match the planets you want to depict. For the moon and the earth, I chose to leave them white and simply paint the surface.  For the other planets I dyed a base color and then used paint on top where necessary.

Dab wet paint with a paper towel to make the blotchy look (like on the moon), or wipe paint around the egg with a paper towel to make the streaked look (like Venus).

3. Bug Eggs – 2 Ways

Spring is a great time for looking for bug inspiration. Make your own bug stickers for silhouette eggs or try life drawing bugs on your eggs!

Silhouette Eggs Made With DIY Stickers

Silhouette Bug Eggs

To make DIY stickers for your eggs, draw or trace a bug image onto parchment paper and then place a wide strip of clear packing tape on top. Cut out your shapes with scissors or an X-acto knife (parents only) and voila! You have custom stickers. You can use these to make silhouette eggs.

Place your homemade sticker on an egg and make sure it is well attached, especially around the edges of the sticker. Submerge in a dye color of your choice until it reaches the color you like. When it’s dry, remove the sticker and enjoy the silhouette!

Creative Nature Eggs by Imagine Childhood

 Life Drawing Bug Eggs

For the more advanced crafters, drawing directly from life or from your favorite guide book can make beautiful eggs. Simply find a specimen or flip open your favorite bug/bird/plant/solar system guide and do your best to draw or paint what you see. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Imperfections are in all of the most beautiful things in the world.

Cameo Eggs by Imagine Childhood

4. Cameo Bird Eggs

Submerge an egg in dye, leaving the top face above the liquid. Hold down until it reaches the color you like, and then remove and dry.

I like the way it looks when there is a little color variation around the edge of the oval frame so I dipped most of my cameo eggs in two colors.

Chickadee Cameo Egg by Imagine Childhood

Then, use a bird guide book to help you copy the real life coloration of your favorites. Or trace a silhouette in the center and fill it in with a solid color for a classic cameo look.

Botanical Silhouette Eggs by Imagine Childhood

5. Botanical Silhouettes

First, go on a nature walk and collect botanical specimens. I find that specimens with soft leaves (or petals) work best as they create a good seal and a better silhouette. 

When you have your specimens, cut one leg of pantyhose into pieces about 5″-6″ and tie a knot in one end. Place your egg inside the tube and the leaves or petals where you would like them to be. Secure the nylon in place with a knot (as tight as possible). Dye the eggs and let dry.

Once your egg is dry, remove from pantyhose and enjoy your beautiful botanical silhouette!

Create tags for Egg Designs by Imagine Childhood

Add tags to your eggs!

As an added element, I like to make small paper tags for each egg with both the common and Latin names of the plants/bugs/etc.

We hope you have a wonderful time with these egg decorating ideas and we’d love to see your beautiful creations. Tag us on Instagram if you’d like to share!

Happy Spring!!

About the Author

Sarah Olmsted from Imagine ChildhoodSarah Olmsted is the co-founder of ImagineChildhood.com. Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializing in earth-friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies that support and nurture the magic of childhood.

Their carefully curated collection focuses on products that inspire children to create, imagine, and explore. With an emphasis on quality materials, their toys and tools are made for real kids and real adventures.  

In addition to her shop, Sarah is also the author of IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play with 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventure.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Maria Liv-Art
    March 22, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Truly kids are very creative and with their imagination, they can build and design anything. This is a great idea for Easter.

  • Reply
    Lynne
    March 23, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Love the ideas and am looking forward to trying some of them with my granddaughters. Thanks for the great direction and photos.
    Lynne

    • Reply
      Melissa Garrett
      March 26, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Hi Lynne. I’m the project manager here at The Artful Parent; thanks so much for commenting! What lucky granddaughters you have to be thinking of awesome art projects to try together. Hope you have lots of fun decorating eggs!

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