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 my little one. These DIY Eric Carle 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!
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!
Supplies Needed for DIY Eric Carle Easter Eggs:
- 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 my son’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!
I had a huge sheet of paper set up to lay the tissue paper sheets on in-between layers.
My son helped by painting three sheets of tissue paper himself! He loved using the sponge.
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!
STEP 4: Let your eggs dry! I let them dry overnight and then they were ready to go!
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?
I’ll be back next Monday with a fun DIY paper project. Happy Easter everyone!
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