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Watercolor Doodle Easter Eggs Tutorial with Food Coloring

Remember last week’s tutorial on how to blow Easter eggs without actually putting your mouth on a raw egg? This week I’m showing you a fun way to decorate your blown eggs. The usual submerge and soak method doesn’t work for blown eggs because they float, so you have to get a little more creative! Of course, you could always use those decorative sleeves, but I chose to use a marker, food coloring, and a paintbrush to create cool doodle “watercolor” eggs. It’s pretty easy, a lot of fun, and produces colorful eggs that you can use for years to come.

Watercolor Doodle Easter Eggs

You probably already have everything you need to make these eggs at home!

Materials for food color “watercolor” doodle eggs

  • Blown eggs
  • A small tip permanent marker
  • A half dozen or so small plastic cups that can hold at least 1/3 a cup of water
  • Food coloring (I used Americolor gel food coloring)
  • Vinegar
  • A paintbrush
  • Egg holders and paper towels (optional but highly advised!)

supplies for watercolor eggs

Making your own cardstock egg holders is really easy. Here’s a quick template for you to print – just cut it out, overlap the ends a little, and tape it in place!

egg holder template

How to paint watercolor Easter eggs

1. Begin by doodling on your eggs, if desired.

draw on eggs

2. Decide how many colors you want to use and set out a matching number of cups. Don’t forget that you can mix your own colors if you just have a basic set! Red and blue make purple, and all that.

3. Pour 1/3 a cup of water into each plastic cup and then add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to each.

pour the water into cups

4. Add color to your cups, as desired, and stir with your paint brush to mix the color. After you get painting, you may discover you need to add more food coloring to achieve the rich colors you want on your eggs. I used 3-4 sizable drops of my gel coloring, but it can take about 20 drops of your usual grocery store food coloring to achieve a good depth of color.

add food coloring


food coloring for eggs

5. Paint away! You’ll probably need to add several layers of paint to achieve the look you want, so make sure to allow the paint to try between applications if you don’t want it to run together. On the other hand, applying multiple colors at the same time can achieve a cool look, too!

paint the eggs


allow the eggs to dry between applicatoins

6. Have fun with your new eggs. =)

watercolor easter eggs

What’s your favorite way to decorate blown eggs? Do you make them into ornaments or flowers? Use them for egg hunts? I love Easter eggs and hearing about what people do with them!


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  • Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise April 10, 2014, 14:01

    How cute! The last time I dyed eggs was with my kids when they were young… and I think we always did it the old fashioned way with hard boiled eggs and that Easter egg dye! Seems that they did do some kind of drawing on the egg so that it looked kind of etched, but I don’t really remember how it was done. I’ve slept many days since then!!
    I think I’ll keep your instructions so I can do them with Noli sometime!

    • Natashalh April 11, 2014, 08:41

      That sounds interesting…I wonder how you did it! I think this method is pretty useful for kids because they can see instant results instead of sitting around for 5-10 minutes while the eggs soak.

  • Rose April 10, 2014, 16:42

    Adorable! I love the contrast of the Sharpie designs with the watercolor.

  • Tasha's mom April 11, 2014, 06:22

    those are seriously cute!

  • Marieken April 12, 2014, 01:34

    The last time I’ve painted eggs, was when I was a kid. Yours look very cool, my favourite must be the one with the jellyfish. And I love the last shot of the eggs. I always find it very challenging to make pretty pictures of any DIY project, this looks like it came out of a magazine!

    • Natashalh April 12, 2014, 07:56

      Thank you so much! You have such pretty pictures on your blog, so your comment made my morning!

  • Pamela Baker March 7, 2017, 04:42

    I haven’t done blown eggs since my kids were very young. The hardest part of course if blowing the inside out of that tiny hole! I like your idea of doing the design that painting the color on rather than dipping the egg!
    One suggestion – for those who do beading (even if you don’t) I use old jewelry I cut up – I gently glued crystals and tiny pearls onto the eggs. Some I made as a teenager – are still holding out 50 yrs later! Great article!

    • Natashalh March 7, 2017, 06:54

      That sounds like fun! I’ve been thinking about doing more eggs this year, but most of the white eggs I’ve seen here have this big red stamp on them and you have to scrub as much of it off as you can so the dye doesn’t run and spoil the design!

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