This year we are decorating easter eggs by painting them with tissue paper. The effect is soft, gentle, and so pretty. It requires basic supplies that most of us have on hand.
Now, it is important to be aware that all tissue paper is not the same. For this activity you want tissue paper that “bleeds”. If it is the kind of tissue paper that bleeds, it also stains. Please take precautions to protect surfaces, clothing, and etc. Some tissue paper is colorfast and doesn’t work. I had both types stashed in my drawer and learned from trial and error that some just doesn’t work.
Supplies needed painting eggs with tissue paper:
- Boiled or blown eggs
- Scissors for cutting tissue paper
- Clothes pins to hold the a tissue paper
- A small bowl of water
- Tissue paper that bleeds
To protect fingers from being stained with dye, we cut strips of paper, wadded them up, and held the paper with clothes pins.
Just dab and paint the eggs with the tissue paper:
Even though the paper was bright, the colors were soft. You can just dab the color or paint it until it is a solid:
An egg carton with the lid cut off works great as an egg holder as you paint and then as a drying rack:
Two pieces of white tissue paper were used to make a nest. Just roll the pieces into a loose strip, crumple a bit, and shaped into a nest:
Variations and options:
There are other options that you can use to get similar effects. Food coloring can be used, it is edible, but some also stains. Liquid water colors can be found in a washable, non-toxic form.