How to Paint Wooden Easter Eggs for Your Spring Table Centerpiece

The Easter season is here, and colorful, painted wood eggs make a beautiful addition to your spring tablescape.

Although it’s tradition to paint real, hardboiled eggs, they can be fragile – particularly if you have pets or young kids. If you love decorating your home with bright, cheerful eggs but want a more durable option, painting wood eggs may be a great option for you! This is a fun spring craft for the whole family.

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Materials You’ll Need


  1. White Wooden Easter Eggs
  2. Holbein Acryla Gouache Colors School Set Of 12 or your paint medium of choice
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. Newspaper/drop cloth/placemat to protect your tabletop
  5. Journal
  6. Pencil
  7. Gold leaf (optional)
  8. Gold leaf adhesive (optional)
  9. Gold leaf sealer (optional)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Take out your journal and pencil. Sketch out a few drawings to practice the designs that you’d like to paint on your egg. I doodled a few spring and Easter-themed drawings: bunnies, carrots, lines, eggs.

Step 2: Decide the color mixes that you’d like to use. Normally, Easter eggs are painted in pastel tones, or bright, cheery colors. I played with a few different color mixes until I got the shades that I wanted.

color mixes

Here are some of the color mixes that I used:

  • Pink-red color: Titanium White, Carmine, and a drop of Deep Yellow
  • Peachy Color: Deep Yellow, Titanium White, and a drop of Carmine
  • Pale blue: Sky Blue (or Ultramarine Blue) and Titanium White
  • Pale lavender: Titanium White, Carmine, Sky Blue

Step 3: Paint the eggs your base color. There’s no need to sand or prime the eggs first if you use the same brand I got. You may want to apply more than one coat of base color. I painted two coats on most eggs. Let the first layer dry before painting another layer.

Step 4: When the base layer is dry, it’s time for the fun part: paint your designs! I had a lot of fun in this stage of the project. Because I used acrylic gouache, I could easily paint over any mistakes that I made. Just let your mistakes dry, then go over it with fresh paint.


If your egg design includes stripes, you may want to draw those lines on first in colored pencil before painting them. I drew lines in the same shade of blue that I planned to paint the stripes. I also used painter’s tape to ensure I got my lines as straight as possible.

Step 5: (Optional) After your eggs have completely dried, you can add gold leaf to them! I love gold leaf – it just adds that extra touch of luxury to anything you create. I sketched out where I wanted to apply my gold leaf, then followed the jar instructions to apply the adhesive, gold leaf, and sealant.

Step 6: (Optional) Seal with the paint with your sealant of choice. I didn’t seal my eggs. If I were to seal them in the future, I’d probably use Dorland wax, which works well on gouache. I haven’t used it with acrylic gouache before though.

Step 7: Arrange your newly handpainted eggs on your tablescape however you like.

Congratulations, you made it! I hope you enjoy your newly painted Easter eggs for years to come.

Did you make this craft?

I would love to see or hear about what you created. Comment below or email me a photo at [email protected] so I can see your creations!

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