Do you want to learn how to make botanical easter eggs? I will walk you through a quick and easy process for creating these beautiful eggs.
With warmer weather on the way here in upstate New York and with signs of trees that are going to burst into bloom, it means that Easter is almost here. One of my favorite activities during Easter is decorating eggs. Oftentimes, I decorate artificial eggs so I can keep them and bring them out for future Easter holidays. Eggs make the best Easter decorations!
This year, I was inspired by nature and all the plants in the garden. So, I decided to make Botanical Easter Eggs. Although you can apply this technique to hard boiled eggs, you can also apply it to artificial eggs or hollow egg shells.
So let’s get started.
How to Make Botanical Easter Eggs
The first thing we need to do is gather our supplies. For your convenience I have linked supplies, where possible.
- Artificial eggs; or
- Blown out eggs; or
- Wooden eggs; or
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Botanical transfers (transfers are shared below)
- Egg dye kit (optional)
The secret to this whole process is using the botanical prints. I had some transfers on hand from a previous project and decided to cut out some of the smaller elements. I trimmed out individual leaves, flowers, fronds and flower petals that I then applied to the eggs. Below are some similar botanical transfers you could use.
Dyeing the Eggs
This year, I decided not to dye my eggs and instead wanted a more natural look. However, you could certainly dye your eggs and color coordinate with the botanical transfers you want to apply. Similarly you could dye either brown or white eggs.
If you don’t want to buy an egg dye kit, you could always create your own egg dyeing kit with food color, a few tablespoons of white vinegar and hot water. HERE is an easy homemade egg dye recipe. Just be sure to boil your eggs in a large saucepan before you dye them.
You can also create a natural egg dye using red cabbage, yellow onion skins, blueberries, coffee, beet powder and more. HERE are some recipes for creating your own natural dyes. I was surprised to see how these common foods could create such beautiful colors.
Before moving on to the next step, make sure your dyed eggs are completely dry.
As I mentioned previously, I cut out smaller leaves and flowers from my botanical transfers. Then, without removing the transfer backing, I curved the transfer around the egg to be sure it would fit.
Also, I applied the botanical transfers to both real eggs that were blown out ( hollowed out) and to artificial plastic eggs. The artificial eggs were NOT the shiny plastic type. Rather, they were designed for dying and decorating so they had a matte plastic shell.
The transfers were successfully applied to both types of eggs. As shown in the photos, the brown eggs are real eggs hollowed out. The white eggs are the artificial eggs with a matte finish.
Using the plastic paddle (shown in the photo above) included in the decorative transfer package, burnish the transfer onto the surface of the egg. Take your time with this process. Gently rub the transfer onto the eggs.
Once the transfers have been applied to the eggs, you are done! Isn’t this the easiest egg decorating technique ever? Below are some photos of my botanical Easter Eggs. Feel free to pin any of the images below to your Pinterest account. That way you can reference this post in future years.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. If you liked this post, you might also enjoy these Easter egg ideas:
How to Make Gold Leaf Eggs
How to Make Easy Marbleized Eggs
How to Make Easy Marbleized Eggs
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What a great idea Anna, I have my two daughters today and I think we’ll try this! Thanks!
Good luck sharing this project with your daughters!! Thank you for commenting!
I love this!! How pretty!! Those transfers are the perfect size for eggs! Beautiful colors for Spring!!
Hi Rachel! Thank you so much. I appreciate the comment and kind words.
How lovely and different!
Are the transfers available in craft stores?
Hi Kathy –
I have not seen the transfers offered for sale in craft stores near me. I have only been able to find them online. Having said that, I am sure they are available at some craft stores in some parts of the country. Thank you for commenting!
Anna, this is such a fun and creative way to decorate eggs for Easter! I love how the transfers came out. So beautiful my friend. Pinned!-Meagan
Thank you Meagan for the kind words!
Anna, Your Easter eggs are so beautiful! Such a great idea to use transfers! I’m going to pin this now, so I can remember it for next Spring! I can’t believe Easter will be here in a few short weeks!! Take care, donna
Hi Donna- I also love your recent egg decorating posts! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment.
The botanical transfers on the eggs were a great idea for Easter eggs Anna! I’m excited to tell you this post will be featured in this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party! Thanks for sharing your creativity and we hope to see you at the party this week! Pinned!
Hi Cindy! Thanks for the comment and for stopping by!
These are so beautiful! I love the way they came together. They’re perfect for spring. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a transfer technique like this so I can’t wait to give it a go. Thank you for the easy step by step. Loving and pinning as always sweet friend, CoCo
Hi CoCo – The BEST part about this egg decorating technique is that it literally took 30 minutes to decorate all the eggs!