DIY Wood Burned Watercolor Easter Eggs
Use a wood burning tool to create natural organic Easter eggs with a fun print. You don’t need to be an egg-spert to master the basics and impress even the Easter Bunny!
There are so many different ways to decorate Easter eggs, this is one of our absolute favorites ways. You can find raw wooden eggs at most craft stores these days. We found ours a Michaels, but we have seen them at Target and online. They are a great canvas for so many types of Easter projects. Take a look at our wooden root veggie Easter eggs!
* We’re using the MakerX Wood Burning Tool for this project. What we love about the MakerX tool specifically is that you can easily change the temperature to the perfect degree without any question. No guessing with a dial, the wood burning tool has it’s own buttons and temperature display.
MakerX Wood Burning Tool & Attachments
Heavy Duty Glove
- Work in a well ventilated area, because the wood burning tool can get fumy. Sure it smells good, but you don’t want to be breathing it in!
- Wear a heat resistant glove on the hand that is holding the egg for safety. You don’t want a slip of the tool to end up in your palm.
Tip: A great first tip with any wood burning project is to get familiar with the wood burning tool and practice on a similar material you’re working with. Practice on an extra wood egg to get the feel for working on a rounded surface. Hold the tool like a pen or pencil, try different tips and test the temperature you like working with best. New to wood burning? Check out our beginners video tutorial on HGTV Handmade.
Wood Burn With The Tip:
- Turn on the wood burning tool and allow it to heat up until maximum temperature is reached.
Tip: Test the temperature of the wood burning tool on a practice egg. The temperature needed will depend on the type of wood.
- Use even pressure while creating your design. Simple repeating patterns are a great way to start.
Tip: Turn the egg as you work instead of twisting the wood burning tool.
Wood Burn With The Stamp Attachments:
- Allow the wood burning tool to cool and switch the fine attachment to one of the stamp attachments.
- Once fully heated press the stamp onto the egg for about five seconds. The time and pressure you use will depend on the type of wood the egg is. Do a quick practice stamp on the test egg before starting your first egg.
Tip: Because the egg is rounded it can be tricky to get the full image onto the surface. While keeping the stamp on the egg, rock the wood burning tool in different directions to help burn the whole image.
- Repeat around the whole egg, trying your best to keep each stamped image evenly spaced.
Add Watercolor The Eggs:
- Add pops of color by adding watercolor to the eggs. Paint small details on top of the wood burned patterns or paint the whole egg. It’s also a great way to hide any mistakes!
Tip: Add more water to the watercolor pallet for a true watercolored feel. Add less water to the pallet for a more vibrant look. If you’re looking to add detail with the paint, less water will be easier to work with.
That’s it! You’ll be surprised how stunning the eggs turn out. If you’re looking for perfection, wood burning might not be the way to go. It’s extremely hard to get perfect lines (especially on a rounded surface). Of course practice will help, however the imperfections just help with the beautiful organic look.
Check out the video tutorial to see it all come together – plus another bonus Easter project!