Kids will love making galaxy Easter eggs! They are so easy and fun to paint. Two of our space eggs were made by my two-year-old toddler.
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The other day, my two-year-old son saw me painting these owl wooden eggs. Immediately, he was overcome with excitement over this new purpose for eggs. “Paint eggs!” he said and hurried to bring his set of paints in case I did not understand his intention. So, I had to quickly come up with an idea of how to paint eggs together.
Materials to Paint Galaxy Easter Eggs
– tempera or acrylic paints (blue, purple, red and white): We used gouache since it’s washable and works better for little children; I’d recommend acrylics for older kids and adults.
– (optional) varnish to seal the paint and make the eggs glossy
Painting the Space Eggs
The tricky part in painting the eggs is making sure they do not roll off the table, covering everything on their way with paint. That’s why our first step was to secure them with a couple of cells from an egg carton.
The rest is taking paints out and having fun creating egg microcosms. Selecting the right kind of colours is important when working with children. Don’t offer the whole palette for this craft. Choose darker hues of blue and purple, and remember that the layers of paint need to be fairly thick to provide good coverage.
I couldn’t resist making a space egg as well. After all, the opportunity doesn’t present itself every day.
The two eggs that Budster painted are the ones on the right, made with big nebulous strokes, and mine is the one on the left, painted by dabbing with the brush to create a mottled texture.
Once the paint was dry, we diluted some white paint in water and flicked it on the eggs with a brush. This created a suitable starry effect.
Finally, if you want to seal the paint, use varnish. It will protect the surface of the eggs against water, and if they get dirty or dusty, it will be easy to wipe the dirt and dust off. Glossy varnishes will also make the colours more vibrant and the surface smooth and shiny. But if you used gouache like we did, make sure to use a varnish that is not water-based.
And the eggs are ready!