Children love to find Easter chicks in their Easter Baskets as much as they love finding them on Easter egg hunts!
Make some Easter Chicks–wooden egg crafts and decorating ideas for Easter or the spring equinox. Or, use paint pens to decorate real hard-boiled eggs to look like an Easter chick–have a look at our Easter Egg decorating ideas to learn how!
This post shares how to use a woodburning pen (or paint pens) to decorate wooden eggs (or real eggs) to look like baby chicks. Easter chick wooden Easter eggs also make gorgeous DIY spring home decor. Look at this fantastic list of Easter crafts for more wooden egg crafts and decorating ideas for even more ideas.
Making and decorating wooden egg crafts is a fun and easy alternative to traditional Easter egg decorating. Children from toddlers and preschoolers to teens love to find colorful Easter eggs, like this easy wooden egg decorating idea, in Easter Baskets and on Easter Egg Hunts on Easter morning.
How to Make Easter Chicks
Learn how to make this spring chick Easter egg craft idea in two different ways with this easy step-by-step tutorial. This colored Easter chick wooden egg craft was originally designed as an easy woodburning and watercolor craft project.
Working with a woodburning pen is as easy as drawing with a hot pencil. It’s also a lot like adult coloring–a wonderful way to relieve stress while making something beautiful.
Another easy way to complete this wooden Easter egg decorating idea is with extra fine tip paint pens. Step-by-step directions for both versions are given below! Or, you can create this baby chick design on real eggs with paint pens. Just click on the link for all the details!
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Colored Easter Chicks Wooden Egg Craft Supplies
Gather your choice of the wooden egg craft supplies below, and scroll down for the step-by-step Easter Chick craft tutorial.
- Pencil (optional)
- Standing unfinished wooden Easter Eggs
- Extra fine-tip pastel paint pens or a Woodburner pen for beginners, or a temperature control Woodburner
- Watercolor 12-tube set or liquid watercolors
- Beeswax or Sealant with a Foam Brush
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Easter Chicks Wooden Egg Craft Step-By-Step Tutorial: 2 Ways to Make Colored Easter Chicks
Below we have given step-by-step directions to complete this Easter chick craft in a few different ways. The technique you choose will determine how you move through the steps below. Make sure you read through the directions in their entirety before starting this Easter egg craft.
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Step 1 – Pencil designs onto wooden eggs to create wooden egg chicks (optional)
- First, use a pencil to draw a jagged, cracked egg line around the circumference of the wooden egg.
- Next, make a small triangle for the nose, and last make two dots for the eyes.
- If you will be using extra fine tip paint pens to create your design, we recommend starting with this step (step 1) and skipping to step 3 before moving back to step 2.
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Step 2 – Draw Easter chick designs with a paint pen or use a woodburning pen to etch the design into each wooden egg.
NOTE: If you choose to work with paint pens, you may want to do this step AFTER you paint the egg with watercolors. Move on to step 3 and come back to step 2 after your wooden Easter egg dries.
- Trace pencil designs on wooden eggs or freehand the Easter chick design right onto each wooden egg with an extra-fine tip paint pen or a woodburning pen. Trace or draw the basic Easter chick design with either craft tool onto the wooden eggs.
- If you choose to work with a woodburning tool, I recommend practicing for a bit if you have never used one. You will also need to take proper safety precautions around children. Woodburning pens are hot and dangerous craft tools!
Step 3 – Paint wooden egg chicks with Watercolors or paint pens
- Next, decorate the wooden eggs with watercolor paints or paint pens.
- If you decide to use a woodburning tool to create your Easter chick design, we recommend using watercolors to complete your baby chick Easter eggs. Choose between concentrated liquid watercolor paints or watercolor tubes to paint your wooden eggs and complete this egg decorating project.
- Working with watercolors and wooden eggs is easy. The color soaks right in, displaying vibrant colors and effortlessly filling in woodburning designs.
How to Paint Colored Easter Chicks with watercolor paints
- Use liquid watercolors straight out of the bottle or, Squeeze a small amount of watercolor paint from a tube into a small bowl or paint pallet–you won’t need much.
- Next, dip your watercolor brush into the watercolor paint just like you would with solid watercolors. You may need to dip your brush in a bit of water before dipping it in the watercolor paint if you choose to use it straight from the tube.
We don’t recommend a watercolor pallet for this DIY wooden egg project. Pallet watercolor paints can not provide the rich, concentrated color that watercolor tubes and liquid watercolors can.
How to Finish Easter Chick Wooden Egg Design with Paint Pens
- If you use a paint pen to create the Easter chick design–color your Easter eggs with watercolor paints or extra-fine tip paint pens.
- If you choose to use watercolors, you may want to paint the egg before using a paint pen to draw the cracked egg, eyes, and beak. Otherwise, painting over the paint pen design may cause the colors to bleed.
Find more tips and examples in Paint pen Easter egg decorating ideas!
4. Seal and Protect Easter Chick Wooden Easter Eggs
- If you want the color on your decorated wooden eggs to last year after year, we recommend applying a sealant with a foam brush for lasting color protection. Because we used beeswax to decorate our spring Easter chicks, the colors of our wooden egg crafts have faded quite a bit over time. Remember, watercolors can bleed and fade if they get wet, so hiding decorated wooden egg crafts on Easter morning on dewy plants and wet grass can damage them if they are not sealed properly.
Fun Ways to Use Wooden Easter Eggs and Easter Chicks
- Decorated wooden eggs like these cute Easter chicks are fun for spring home decor. Decorate your home for Easter or the Spring equinox by placing wooden eggs on mantles, window sills, and Spring Nature Tables. For more wooden egg crafts and decorating ideas, have a look HERE.
- Fill children’s Easter baskets with Easter chicks and other decorated wooden eggs. Children LOVE to find Easter chick wooden eggs peeking out of Easter Baskets on Easter morning!
- Hide Easter Chicks and other wooden eggs for Easter egg hunts. Decorated wooden eggs are better than plastic eggs filled with candy for our children’s health and the planet!
- Use colored Easter chicks with wooden egg cups as a DIY baby toy. Putting a wooden egg into an egg cup is a great hand-eye coordination activity for babies six months to 2 years. I would have never guessed how much babies and toddlers would enjoy this activity–but they do! First, show a sitting baby or toddler how to put the egg in the cup and take it out. Next, invite them to give it a try!
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Wooden Easter Egg Chick Decorations
This colored Easter chick wooden egg craft is a fun and easy egg decorating idea for kids, teens, and adults to make for Easter or the spring equinox.
Easter chicks make wonderful DIY spring home decor, look cute when displayed on spring nature tables, and are a perfect alternative to plastic candy-filled eggs for Easter baskets and Easter egg hunts!
For a few more awesome ways you can decorate wooden eggs for Easter, check out The Best DIY Wooden Easter Egg Decorating Ideas.
If you have ever wondered how Easter eggs, Easter baskets, and the Easter bunny have become associated with Easter, we have uncovered some interesting theories in Fun Family Easter Traditions.
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