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DIY The Very Hungry Caterpillar Easter Eggs

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Create Easter eggs inspired by Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar! These collage eggs use painted tissue paper to create fun designs and patterns! A fun craft to do with kids!

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A carton of eggs decorated with tissue paper sit next to the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Hello Crafty Friends! With Easter around the corner we have started getting ready by decorating Easter eggs. I usually buy a kit from the store and dye them, but this year I wanted to try something different and also involve my little one. These DIY The Very Hungry Caterpillar Easter eggs were so much fun to make.

I love how colorful and vibrant the eggs 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.

My son helped me paint the tissue paper and loved 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 my little one recognized the caterpillar and the other fun collages on the eggs and was totally into them. I just wish I had used wooden or paper mâché eggs instead of hard boiled eggs so we could have saved them.

Easter eggs decorated with tissue paper in the style of Eric Carle.

A white basket is filled with tissue paper eggs.

A Hungry Caterpillar toy lays next to tissue paper eggs.

The Hungry Caterpillar Easter Eggs

Supplies Needed

Supplies including finger paint, Mod Podge, paper plates, and a carton of eggs.

Tools for pattern making including sponges and paintbrushes.

Step by Step Tutorial

STEP 1: Grab inspiration from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle books!

We have lots of Eric Carle things around the house so it was easy to be inspired. We used our Eric Carle flashcards as inspiration for all the different patterns. The key to getting the look is lots of layers!

Eric Carle letter flashcards.

STEP 2: Paint the tissue paper.

Paint the white tissue paper 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!

Tissue paper painted blue with finger paint.White tissue paper painted with dashes of blue finger paint.

White tissue paper painted with blue and green dashes of finger paint.

I had a huge sheet of paper set up to lay the tissue paper sheets on in-between layers.

Hand painted tissue paper in the technique Eric Carle uses.

My son helped by painting three sheets of tissue paper himself! He loved using the sponge.

Child paints white tissue paper with pink and purple paint and a sponge.

STEP 3: Decoupage the eggs with the painted tissue paper!

Once the painted tissue paper had dried, we tore the tissue paper into tiny pieces. I covered each egg in Mod Podge and then stuck the tissue paper randomly on the egg until it was covered. Add more Mod Podge as you go. Kids will have a lot of fun doing this since anything goes and you don’t have to be precise. 

Egg is decoupaged with orange tissue paper.

If you want to get extra fancy you can make little collage pictures on the eggs just like Eric Carle does in his illustrations! For these eggs, 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!

Egg decorated with tissue paper flowers.

STEP 4: Let your eggs dry!

I let them dry overnight and then they were ready to go!

Eggs decorated with colorful, patterned tissue paper.

White ceramic basket filled with colorful Easter eggs.

Easter eggs decorated with tissue paper in the style of Eric Carle.

I love the way the eggs turned out and they definitely brightened up our house yesterday -despite the gloomy rain we were having! What do you think? Fun alternative to dying eggs?

Check out my other fun Harry Potter-themed Easter eggs.

Harry Potter Easter Eggs

If you love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, try making a DIY Hungry Caterpillar marker holder!

Hungry Caterpillar marker holder made from cardboard tubes and patterned tissue paper.

Happy Crafting! -KimShop the Supplies Used

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