With our easy 3-ingredient recipe, kids can make these Painted Clay Dough Easter Egg Ornaments to hang on an Easter tree, to give as gifts, or to simply display in your home this Easter.
I’m so excited to share our final Easter craft of the season with you. Toddlers, preschoolers, tweens and teens alike will love it.
We’ve used our favourite white clay dough recipe, egg-shaped cookie cutters and acrylic craft paint to make hand-painted Easter egg ornaments.
The results were gorgeous!
Great for an Easter Tree
If your kids decorate an Easter tree every year, these are great homemade ornaments to make for it. If you don’t have an Easter tree, you can simply put a few branches into a vase like they did over at Skip to My Lou, and hang your painted eggs from those.
I came up with the idea for these clay dough eggs last week after the kids painted these plastic dollar store Easter eggs with acrylics. They had so much fun designing and decorating them that I got thinking about what else we could paint that would provide a similar experience.
Why not try painting clay dough eggs?
The kids love making clay dough ornaments, BUT, we’d never painted clay dough before (we usually just glitter our clay dough ornaments), so I wasn’t 100% sure if it would work. I was a little worried that the paint might make the dough soggy, but I figured we could give it a try and if that happened we’d just default to plan B and glitter our eggs instead.
As you can see everything worked out fine. More than fine, actually. I was blown away by how beautifully our eggs turned out.
Edited to add: We’ve since experimented with watercolours and clay dough, and oh my goodness, you’re going to want to try that too! Check out our vibrant clay dough butterflies here.
Make your ornaments a day in advance
You do need to make these ornaments a day ahead because the shapes need to dry overnight before you can paint them.
Get the recipe!
Grab our clay dough recipe and instructions here, and then read on to see how we made our eggs.
P.S. If you’re looking for last-minute Easter Egg crafts (that you don’t have to make a day ahead), you’ll find all of ours here.
To Make our Clay Dough Easter Eggs, You’ll Need:
- Baking Soda
- Corn Starch
- Warm Water
- Our Clay Dough Recipe
- Egg Shaped Cookie Cutters
- Acrylic Craft paint
- Paint Brushes
- Craft Varnish/Sealer
- Ribbon for Hanging
How to Make Painted Clay Dough Easter Egg Ornaments
- Make Your Ornaments
Follow the recipe and instructions here to make your white clay eggs. and allow them to dry on a baking rack for up to 24 hours
- Base Coat your Eggs
To start, base coat your ornaments in a solid colour. Depending on how light or dark your colour is, you may need two coats of paint.
- Decorate your Eggs
Now, paint your ornaments to look like Easter eggs. Get creative with a mix of bold and pastel colours and lots of different lines, squiggles and dots for your designs.
- Varnish your Ornaments
Brush on a coat or two of craft varnish to make your paint colours “pop” and to give your eggs a bit of sheen. Allow to dry.
- Add a Hanging Ribbon
Finish by threading a ribbon through the hole in the top of your egg and secure it with a knot. We used elasticized coloured thread to hang our Easter eggs, but you can use thin satin ribbon or twine or even curing ribbon.
That’s all there is to making gorgeous painted clay dough eggs.
Aren’t they pretty and cheery? So fun!
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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.