This vibrant Easter art project is a fun way for kids to decorate Easter eggs without using real eggs. Toddlers, preschoolers and older kids will all love the process, so it’s perfect for home, daycare or the classroom. It’s a classic art activity (crayon resist) and a gorgeous Easter craft all rolled into one.
If you’ve been following us for a while now, you know how much we love a good holiday craft, especially when it’s as gorgeous as our latest Easter art activity.
Crayon resist, also known as wax resist, is one of my favourite art techniques for kids, and recently, we used it to create beautiful Easter eggs on watercolour paper.
Of all the Easter crafts we’ve done here in my daycare, this might just be one of my favourites. It’s a really fun way for kids to decorate Easter eggs without using actual eggs!
The kids have done lots of crayon resist projects here in the past, like our crayon resist Valentines, crayon resist fridge magnets, and these crayon resist thank you cards. You can use this fun and easy art technique any time of year.
The hooligans love decorating Easter eggs, and we’ve coloured plenty of real eggs in all kinds of creative ways over the years here in my daycare. This time, I thought it would be fun for them to design intricately patterned on large paper eggs and decorate them with bright colours.
I wanted a process that was interesting and creative, so we went with crayon resist.
Normally we do crayon resist with white crayons but this time we used black crayons. The effect is really striking when combined with the vibrant liquid watercolours.
The best paper to use with liquid watercolours:
We used a variety of different paper for our eggs – printer paper, white card stock, white cardboard and watercolour paper, and we discovered that the watercolour paper worked best. For starters, the paper didn’t curl when it dried, and secondly, our colours looked more intense on the watercolour paper than any of the other paper we used.
Ok! Let me show you how we made our eggs.
To make our colourful Easter Art Project, you’ll need:
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- white paper (printer paper, card stock or watercolour paper)
- liquid watercolours (this is our favourite brand)
- black crayons
- paint brushes
- ice cube tray
- bowls for rinsing brushes
Making an egg template:
First, I cut an egg template out of a piece of 8.5 x 11 paper. I folded the paper in length-wise like you would when you’re cutting out a paper heart, and I cut out an oval. Then I traced around that on the various papers we were using.
Designing your eggs:
Then, the kids grabbed their black crayons and drew ornate designs on their eggs.
Did you know you can buy black crayons in bulk?!
Pick up a few 12-packs of black crayons here so there will be enough to go around.
For the best results, use a firm hand to draw your designs. This will give your egg definition and help to act as a barrier to keep the paint where it belongs.
Next, I poured the liquid watercolours into an ice cube tray, and set out a few bowls of water for the kids to swish their brushes in when changing from one colour to the next.
If you don’t have liquid watercolours:
No worries! You can do crayon resist with diluted with a few drops of water. I would highly recommend picking up a set of Sargent Liquid Watercolours though. You’ll never regret it. They’re a bit pricey, but they last a long time, and your kids can make the most vibrant art with them. Sometimes we dilute our liquid watercolours with a bit of water, but we used them full-strength for this project.
Protect your table-top just in case.
Liquid watercolours are washable, meaning they’ll come off clothes and hands, but if you’re crafting on a good table-top, be sure to protect it with a plastic tablecloth.
Painting your eggs:
Now, to decorate those eggs!
The hooligans LOVED this process, and I loved watching them transform their eggs into vibrant pieces of art. It was really exciting to see their black and white doodles come to life.
Don’t you love how intense the colours are?
Because crayon wax resists the watercolours, the black lines remain bold and clean, They also act like a barrier for each section, preventing the colours from blending in to one another. If your child goes heavy with the paintbrush, the colours will run together a little, but using a light touch, they’ll stay where you want them for the most part.
The older kids produced some really amazing designs, but toddlers and preschoolers can make really beautiful art this way too. Black scribbles with vibrant colours brushed over top will look fabulous.
I love an art project that’s great for kids of all ages, don’t you? It’s so nice when you can set your preschoolers and your big kids up with the same activity.
When you finish painting your eggs, leave them flat to dry. If you tilt them, the watercolours can run.
Aren’t they incredible?
So colourful. So gorgeous, and so fun and easy to make.
These eggs are going to look terrific on our playroom wall.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.