Hi y’all! Paper Easter egg decorating is cheap, fun, and fairly mess free! We were resorted to paper Easter eggs the Easter of 2020 because there weren’t any real eggs available at the store. I wasn’t going to let the pandemic egg mayhem ruin my kids Easter fun. So, I did what I do best and got creative!
Easter weekend I broke out the construction paper, crayons, and stamps. I even went wild and broke out the glitter! (Even though glitter is a moms worst nightmare.) I was determined to make this unordinary Easter feel ordinary. My kids were a little confused but they pulled up a chair and went to work. My husband even got creative and designed some eggs that were display worthy.
At the end of the day I realized a two things. First, decorating paper Easter eggs was less messy for my youngest, even with glitter involved. (He was 2 at the time.) And secondly, I realized how fortunate I was to be blessed with a beautiful family. Life doesn’t always go as planned and traditions get interrupted. However, being together is what matters most!
Whew, who knew you could learn all that from Paper Easter Egg decorating! So, now I am going to teach you how to spice up the decorating. (Hint, Canva is involved!)
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Pre-created template from Canva or construction paper.
- Glue stick. (I like to use Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue.)
- Yarn or string.
- Safety scissors.
- Scotch tape.
- Paint marker. (Optional)
create a paper Easter egg template in canva
First off, I want to let you know that Canva has a free version and a paid version. So, be careful when choosing your designs because it may cost you some money. I was able to create my template for this craft completely free. Secondly, I am not a Canva professional, it is just one of my hobbies!
HOW TO CREATE A paper Easter egg TEMPLATe
So, to get started you will need to create an account on Canva if you don’t already have one. Once you are signed in go to the search bar at the top of the page. Type in US Letter Document. This is your average paper/ document size and works nicely for printing off craft templates. Once you click on that it will take you to a page with pre-made templates, but you will need the “Blank” document. (It should be the first one in lineup.) After selecting the blank document you will be taken to where the fun happens!
In the panel on the left you will need to click on “Elements”. Then, in the Search bar type in “Easter eggs”. There will be a TON of options! But, remember not all are free. If they have a crown in the bottom right corner they are only free to Canva Pro users. (The paid version.) However, you can still use those designs in the free version. You will simply need to pay for the Pro designs. But, thankfully for this template there are plenty of free options. As you can see there are multiple eggs with multiple designs. You can go with the stripes and flowers if you are looking for a quick, decorating-free option. But for this article we want a plain egg. However, that wasn’t extremely easy to find. So here is a quick, helpful tip I learned.
how to change an Easter egg from polka dots to plain
Let’s say you find a dark yellow egg with bright yellow polka dots. When you click on that egg it will appear on your document. Then, if you look right above your document, in the tool bar, to the left you will see two boxes- one is dark yellow, the other is bright yellow. This is where you can change the color of your egg! All you need to do is make both of those boxes the same color. In order to do that click on a box and select your favorite color. As you can see it changed the color of your egg on the document! Now, all you have to do is repeat this step on the other box. And now you have a solid color egg!
how to add eggs and add a page
So, I put 4 eggs on my template and enlarged them so I wasn’t wasting space. To enlarge the egg, simply click on a corner and drag until desired size is reached. Once you have the size you want go back up to the tool bar and on the right you will see two squares overlapping. That is the “duplicate” button. You can click that to add more eggs of the same size and color to your page. If you want to make each egg a different color, that is simple! Simply click on the egg and repeat the original “color changing” steps.
Now, I will show you how to create a page of design elements to glue to your paper Easter eggs! We will basically be repeating a few steps but first you will need to add a page. (Click “Add Page” at the bottom.) Then, click on Elements. In the Search bar, type what you are looking for. Or you can browse through the Elements categories. I created 4 stars, 4 circles, and 4 flowers, which are all found in the Shapes. To create a flower simply click on the flower shape, then drag the corners to size it. Next you will click on a circle, place it on top of the flower, then downsize it to create a stamen. (A fancy term for the circle inside the flower.) Remember, you can duplicate your design by clicking on the overlapping squares in the right side of your tool bar.
How to save and download your templates
Once your eggs and design elements are colored and placed to your satisfaction you will need to save and download your documents. In order to do so, click on “File”. (Upper left corner.) Under File you will see “Save”, this will save it to your home page. Or you could “Save To Folder”, which creates a folder to store future templates all in one place. Once you save your document you will need to click on the arrow pointing down, on the upper right side of your screen. After you click on the arrow, be sure that “PDF Print” is selected under “File Type. Also make sure that “All Pages” are selected under “Select Pages” . Click Download. Then find your PDF template in your computers document file and print.
decorating paper Easter eggs
After creating, downloading, and printing off your template you (or your kids) will need to cut them out. For this article I used a craft knife but safety scissors will work just fine, especially for the kiddos!
Once you have everything cut out, you will need to glue the designs to the paper Easter eggs. This is where you get to be creative! Or you can refer to the picture above and below to mimic my design.
Once I positioned and glued down my designs, I slightly overlapped the paper Easter eggs and glued them together. You will then need to carefully flip the eggs over.
Your next step is to cut a piece of yarn, approximately 20 inches long and tie the ends together into a knot. Then tape the knot in the middle of all 4 paper Easter eggs and at the top of the eggs on each end.
Your last step is adding a little visual “pop” to the eggs. To do this all you need is a paint marker. (I used off white.) Then I simply added a few dots and colored in borders to drawl in the eye!
And that is it! It’s so easy and super cute. If you and your kids enjoyed making these Paper Easter eggs, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to know if they become a new Easter tradition with your family!
And if you would like to try another fun Easter craft, check out my Paper Plate Easter Bunny craft.