Easter is right around the corner so I wanted to share a super easy and fun way to paint your eggs like peeps. And when I say easy I mean EASY. Here’s how you do it: you paint the eggs and you hot glue the head on. DONE. Ok, there’s a little more to it than that but not much! I used wood eggs but you could totally do this with real eggs if you wanted to. And this is a super fun craft to do with your kids. So let’s get started!
What you will need:
- Card stock or felt (I only had card stock on hand otherwise I would have totally used felt!)
- paint brush
- hot glue gun
- wood or real eggs
- paint (I used india ink because I liked how it gave more of a “stained” effect to the egg rather than opaque coverage that you would get from acrylic paint – but you could totally do either one!)
Paint the eggs! Like I said before, I used india ink because I like the “stained” effect that it gives to wooden eggs. If you are using real eggs I suggest using acrylic paint or just dying the eggs how you normally would. Specifically I used Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink. It worked perfectly for me!
Use a picture or an object for reference to get an idea for the shape you will be cutting out of your card stock or felt. I grabbed this from my son’s easter basket (I mean, jk…. the Easter Bunny is totally real and just let me borrow it…). You will also want to have one of the eggs nearby so that you can mimic the shape of the egg when you’re drawing it out. This way you can be sure that it will fit perfectly on top.
Draw out your ears! Now originally I thought that I was just going to do ears but then after I had them on top of the eggs and was thinking about where I wanted the eyes, I realized that I needed the whole head. So this picture is not very accurate. You can do it whichever way you prefer but I personally like it better with the whole head.
Cut out the heads! Once the heads were cut out I aligned them with the egg bodies. This helped me to visualize where I wanted to put the eyes. Again, refer back to your reference object. Once I was sure about where I wanted the eyes to go, I took a black marker and colored them in.
Next, you are going to hot glue the heads on. While they were drying I put the wood eggs back in the half carton that they came in to dry. If you don’t have something like this it is totally fine – the hot glue actually dries super fast so no worries.
After step five you are basically done. However, I decided that I wanted to have half the eggs white and black. So I used the india ink to paint three of the wood eggs white. On those eggs I did a variety of designs – one has spots and two have flowers. It’s up to you what you want to do! If you want to do 6 peeps you can do that. If you want three and three you can do that, too! Once you are done it is time to admire your cute little peeps!
Like I said, this is a super easy craft and would be a really great one to do with kids (but maybe leave the hot glue for the adults). Let me know if you try it out!