This vibrant Easter art project is a great way for kids to decorate Easter eggs without using real eggs. The process is fun and easy, making it perfect for home, daycare or the classroom. It’s a classic art activity (crayon resist) and a gorgeous Easter craft all rolled into one.
Fun Easter Art for All Ages
Today’s Easter art activity is fun a fun Easter egg craft that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
Toddlers and preschoolers can doodle freely and older kids can really get creative with their doodles and designs.
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 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.
Crayon Resist with Black Crayon and Watercolours
I wanted a process that was interesting and creative, so we went with crayon resist.
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.
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.
Be sure to check out our gorgeous tissue paper Easter egg craft before you leave!
Ok! Let me show you how we made our eggs.
Supplies for Doodle Art Easter Eggs:
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To make our colourful Easter Art Project, you’ll need:
- white paper (printer paper, card stock or watercolour paper)
- egg template for tracing (grab my free printable egg template here)
- liquid watercolours (this is our favourite brand)
- black crayons
- paint brushes
- ice cube tray
- bowls for rinsing brushes
Make 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.
You can get my free printable egg template by clicking here.
Designing your eggs:
Next, with their black crayons, the kids drew their designs on their paper eggs.
You can buy 12-packs of black crayons here.
For the best results, press firmly with your crayon so the wax forms a solid barrier to keep your paint colours from running together.
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.
Substitute for Watercolours:
If you don’t have watercolours, you can substitute with food colouring diluted with a few drops of water. If you plan to do art regularly with your children though, I highly recommend picking up a set of Sargent Liquid Watercolours. You’ll never regret it. Your kids can make the most vibrant art with them. You can dilute them with water or use them full-strength like we did for this project.
Protect your Work Surface:
Liquid watercolours are washable, so 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.
Because crayon wax resists the watercolours, the black lines remain bold and clean, and prevent the colours from running together.
The older kids produced some really amazing designs, but toddlers and preschoolers can make 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.
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. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.