Try this DIY simple wooden Easter egg painting activity for kids and grown ups alike! They will quickly become a beloved part of your Easter celebration for years to come.
These painted wooden Easter eggs are beautiful!! Delightful to hold and open, these wooden Easter eggs are a bit heavier than plastic eggs- it makes them feel extra special!
When it comes to egg hunts, these painted wooden Easter eggs really take the cake. Do you have any memories of when mom and dad didn’t count little Henry’s eggs before they hid them? Only to discover (by smell!) a couple of weeks later one egg he didn’t find behind the couch. Sure it’s a good laugh now, but I’d rather not take any chances with rotten eggs!
How to: Wooden Easter Egg Painting Activity
Grown ups and kids will enjoy doing this wooden Easter egg painting activity together, so everyone should get their paint shirts on. If you’re interested in making painting activities less stressful, check out these tips for painting with kids!
- Unfinished wooden eggs- I used and recommend these! They are hand carved at a wooden nesting doll (matryoshka) factory in Russia!
- Acrylic paint- it’s not super washable so be careful with clothing!
- Modge Podge
- Painting supplies: including newspaper for covering surfaces, paint brushes, paper towels, water for rinsing, etc.
Then start painting! First use the acrylic paint on the outside of the eggs. Do not paint the inside, it won’t dry properly and will get sticky over time and the fumes get into any candy that you add to the inside.
If you’d like to paint a pattern, paint the eggs one solid color, then let dry all the way before painting the design over it. For younger kids, let them paint the solid colors and you add on the designs (if you want a certain pattern, otherwise, let the kids do whatever they want!).
Let all coats of paint dry, then finish with Modge Podge or a clear coat of sealer.
Helpful tips for wooden Easter egg painting activity:
- Sand the edges of the egg if it’s difficult to open- you want it to be easy for little hands!
- Paint the eggs in halves, don’t paint them as a whole piece. It’s easier to handle and set down that way!
- Use an exacto knife to cut open the paint (once fully dry) if you paint a design over the seam.
- Don’t try to pull the eggs apart straight, instead try to crack it like an egg (shocking!). I was having such a hard time getting them apart, then my 4 year old walked up, took it from me, and said “Mommy, crack it like an egg!” and it popped right open!
Fill Your Painted Wooden Easter Eggs
Once your eggs are fully dried and you cut the paint at the seam (if needed) you can fill them with all sorts of little goodies!
While traditional Easter egg candy like jelly beans and robin eggs are great, you can also make your own homemade candy too!
Here are a few of our favorite recipes for homemade Easter candy!
All of these homemade candy recipes are easy to make and far better tasting than their store-bought alternatives! I hope you have a chance to try one or two of them this year for Easter!