Use this tutorial to make petal and leaf prints on eggs, creating botanical eggs for lovely nature-themed decorations for spring and Easter.
Leaf print easy botanical eggs
Decorating Eggs With Flowers and Leaves
Out of all my egg decorating ideas for children, these are my favourites. These botanical eggs are made using flowers and leaves to resist the dye, creating nature patterns on your eggs.
You can use any small flowers and leaves to make your prints. Here we’re using primrose and parsley from our garden classroom.
How to make botanical eggs
Place your leaf or flower against your egg and hold them in place using a stocking, tied at the back to hold it in place.
Homemade natural egg dyes
You can make your own natural dyes by boiling water, a little distilled vinegar, and your choice of onion skins (brown), red cabbage (blue), turmeric (yellow), coffee (brown), or beetroot (pink).
Place your eggs in dye. We weighed the eggs down in the dye with a pebble.
Leave the eggs overnight.
Remove the eggs, leave to dry, and then remove the stocking and flower/leaf to reveal your design. You can embellish with a white pen.
You can also use a white pen to draw on your own designs.
Nail varnish and acrylic paint are also great for egg decorating, and stickers and gems are pretty to add too.
More easy egg decorating ideas
Here are some easy and interesting ways you could decorate eggs. They look wonderful displayed by hanging them from the branches of a Spring / Easter Tree: place some branches of willow, forsythia or cherry in a vase and add your egg decorations.
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