Published April 2, 2020, Updated March 24, 2021
Decorating Easter eggs (or Pisanki in Polish, which means to paint) is an important and fun tradition in our home each spring. It’s something I look forward to every Easter, as it brings me back to the times we spent decorating eggs when I was a little girl. Painting eggs can be time consuming and messy, but this DIY creates a stunning display and takes no time at all. With no paint involved, it’s mess-free. The secret is printable tattoo paper. To create custom Easter eggs, print your own art or words or visit monikahibbs.com/booktemplates to print the gorgeous floral blooms we’ve posted there for a hand-painted look. Simply follow the tattoo paper guidelines for printing alongside our instructions below.
Decorative Easter Eggs
Tattoo paper or temporary tattoos
1. Using the pin, carefully poke a hole in the top and bottom of each egg. Make the hole larger (about ⅛ inch/3 mm) by carefully moving the pin around in circles. Position the egg over an empty bowl. Gently blow into the top hole until the egg white and yolk fall out through the bottom hole. Rinse out the egg with water. Blow out through the top hole again to remove any excess water. Let dry.
2. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, print out the designs of your choice on the tattoo paper. If you find temporary tattoos you like, you can use them instead. Cut out the temporary tattoo designs, making sure to cut as close to the design details as possible.
3. To apply the tattoos to the eggs, fill a small bowl with water. Remove the plastic covering from the tattoo paper and place a temporary tattoo on a dry egg in the desired position, design side down. Once the tattoo is in the right spot, dip the sponge into the water to dampen it. Use the sponge to wet the back of the tattoo paper, pressing down gently to ensure that the tattoo transfers completely onto the egg. Pat dry and slowly pull the paper away from the egg to leave the beautiful design behind. Continue to add designs to the eggs as desired. You can create a full look by adding multiple designs, or add one or two temporary tattoos to each egg for a simpler design.
Excerpted from Gather at Home by Monika Hibbs. Copyright © 2020 by Monika Hibbs. Published by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.