Everyone knows how to color Easter eggs with the little tablet of color you plop into the fizzy vinegar water. I think I’ve done that for about 40 years now and while the eggs are beautiful they are all the same. What’s the fun in that? Learn how to decorate Easter eggs using three different methods that all use the same easy supply- washable markers!
How to make Easter eggs with washable markers…
Start with hard boiled eggs that have had a chance to cool down. I’ve got three different ideas to make Easter eggs. All three methods are pretty quick and easy so I’d recommend starting with lots of boiled eggs so you can try them all!
Washable markers are such an easy and accessible way to decorate easy eggs. No need to run to the store- chances are you’ve already got everything you need!
Making Easter eggs with plastic bags….
Grab a clean, recycled plastic bag, like a Ziploc. One bag can be taken apart at the seams and used by two people. And each plastic piece can be used over and over so there is little waste to this process.
Lay the clear plastic on top of a white piece of paper so your kiddo can get a visual of this next step. Color on the plastic with washable markers. We found what worked the best was just coloring quick, random splotches of color.
Wipe the boiled egg with a damp cloth and quickly wrap the damp egg in colored plastic with the marker side touching the egg. The washable marker will liquify a bit and transfer to the egg resulting in a beautiful, marble-y, watercolor egg.
Most of the color on the plastic sheet will be deposited on the egg. Wipe clean any leftover color and repeat!
Using coffee filters to decorate Easter eggs….
Grab some disposable coffee filters, washable markers, rubber bands, and a spray bottle full of water. This method takes a few minutes longer than the previous method but the results are SO worth it.
Fold a coffee filter in half and color splotches of color. You’ll want color to bleed through both layers of coffee filter. If you’re markers are juicy they should color on both layers of of the filter in one swipe. If your markers have been around the block flip encourage kids to color on the filter flat and spread out!
Wrap the colored coffee filter around a cool, boiled egg and secure with a rubber band at the top. Spray with water till the coffee filter is saturated all over.
Revealing colored Easter eggs…
Leave eggs wrapped up in their coffee filter shell until the coffee filter is dry. Gently unwrap the coffee filter from the egg and reveal the color underneath. Every egg will turn out different! Each egg has a crystal like, variegated color pattern that is so unique and beautiful!
How to paint Easter eggs with markers….
The above two methods involve using washable marker on a surface and transferring it to the egg. This method is slightly different because you will be drawing directly on the egg. I like the process of drawing on something that’s not flat and the challenge of holding the egg and drawing on it at the same time.
Encourage kids to draw on eggs with a variety of colors, overlapping colors, and not worrying about drawing specific designs. This is a great place for big, bright, splotches of color. Colors will mix so this a great place for analogous colors. See this free color theory book for more info on analogous colors. Leave a little white space so you have some room for the next step!
Just add water….
Once the egg has some color on it from markers add water to turn the marker into paint! Use a soft brush and some water to liquify the washable marker. Move the brush around and the marker will spread and fill any white space left on the egg. Set aside to dry.
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