DIY wooden Easter eggs are a fun eco-friendly alternative to traditional Easter Eggs and plastic candy-filled eggs. Learn how to make wooden Easter eggs to use as decorations and keepsakes year after year!
Children love to hunt wooden Easter eggs down on Easter egg hunts as much as they like to find them in their Easter Baskets. They are a fantastic easy eco-friendly, non-candy alternative to plastic Easter Eggs.
Wooden Easter eggs also make gorgeous DIY spring home decor and look lovely displayed throughout the home or on a spring nature table.
Many people also like to make wooden eggs as a part of their spring equinox celebrations.
How to Make Wooden Easter Eggs
DIY wooden Easter eggs are an easy woodburning and watercolor craft project. Working with a woodburning pen is as easy as drawing with a hot pencil.
Woodburning is a lot like adult coloring. It is a wonderful way to relieve stress while making something beautiful.
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DIY Wooden Easter Eggs Supplies
- Pencil (optional)
- Wooden Easter Eggs
- Woodburner Pen for Beginners or Versa-Temp Variable Temperature Control Woodburner
- Watercolor 12-Tube Set or Liquid Watercolors
- Watercolor Paint Brush Set
- Beeswax or a Sealant with a Foam Brush
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DIY Wooden Easter Eggs Step-by-Step Directions
1. Pencil Designs onto Wooden Eggs (optional)
Use a pencil to draw simple designs onto wooden eggs before using a woodburning pen. Some examples include; jagged, straight and wiggly verticle and horizontal lines, dots, simple pictures, etc.
2. Use a Woodburning Pen to Etch Designs onto the Wooden Easter Eggs
Trace penciled designs or freehand drawings onto wooden Easter eggs with a woodburning pen. Make sure you take proper safety precautions around children — woodburning pens are hot and dangerous tools!
You are welcome to freehand designs right onto the wooden eggs with a woodburning pen instead of using a pencil. Use the pinky of your dominant hand to help stabilize the wooden egg as you work.
I recommend practicing for a bit if you have never used a woodburning pen. If you will be offering this craft to an older child or teen make sure you teach them how to use a woodburning pen safely and supervise them at all times.
3. Paint Wooden Easter Eggs with Watercolors
Painting wood with watercolors is easy. The color soaks right into the wood and fills in designs almost effortlessly. Use high-quality watercolors straight from the tube, or concentrated liquid watercolors.
How to Paint Wooden Easter Eggs with Watercolors in a Tube
- Squeeze a small amount into a small container–you won’t need much.
- Dip your watercolor brush into a tiny bit of water.
- Grab paint with your paintbrush just like you would with a solid watercolor pallet.
How to Paint Wooden Easter Eggs with liquid watercolors
- You do not need to use water unless you would like to mute or tone down the colors.
- Simply dip your brush straight into the concentrated color and paint.
Note: We used watercolor tubes for our DIY Wooden Easter Eggs and Easter Chicks. I didn’t have a photo of painting our DIY wooden Easter eggs, so the cute little Easter Chick below will have to do. 🙂
4. Seal and Protect Wooden Easter Eggs
- Update: We made our Wooden Easter Eggs several years ago with food and child safe beeswax. I don’t recommend it if you want lasting vibrant colors. The colors have faded quite a bit over time. Use a sealant with a foam brush for lasting color.
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4 Fun Ways to Use Wooden Easter Eggs
- Use them as spring home decor. Place Wooden Easter Eggs on your mantle, tables, or Spring Nature Tables.
- Put Wooden Easter Eggs in Easter baskets.
- Hide Wooden Eggs for Easter egg hunts. They are so much better than plastic eggs filled with candy both for the health of our environment and the health of our children!
- Use them with Egg cups for a fantastic developmental activity for babies and toddlers age 6 months to 2 years. I would have never guessed the love affair my daughter had with wooden eggs and egg cups. Allow your baby to practice putting a wooden egg into an egg cup and taking it back out again for a fantastic hand-eye coordination activity that toddlers love!
DIY Wooden Easter Eggs are a fun and easy craft project for older children, teens, and adults.
Kids love to hunt wooden Easter eggs down on Easter egg hunts as much as they like to find them in their Easter Baskets. They are a fantastic easy eco-friendly, non-candy alternative to plastic Easter Eggs. Many people also like to make wooden eggs as a part of their spring equinox celebrations.
Wooden Easter eggs also make gorgeous DIY spring home decor and look lovely displayed throughout the home or on a spring nature table. Hop over to have a look at our Easter chick wooden eggs and all of the other amazing wooden egg craft ideas you can make for Easter.
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