My crafty gene doesn’t get expressed unless there’s a looming holiday. And this spring, I discovered a really fun way to decorate eggs for Easter. So in the past week, I’ve purchased enough eggs to feed a family of five omelettes three times a day for at least the next year.
I showed you guys the family photo easter eggs already. These eggs will be made using the same method. Only difference is that for this project, we’ll be using some ADORABLE vintage animal graphics, all of which I found at The Graphics Fairy. To make it easier for you should you decide to try this project, I’ve linked to the specific images I used from her site below 😊.
Before I get into the nitty gritty, you probably won’t need to look any further than this one-minute video tutorial to give you all the information you need to crank this project out right now!
vintage spring & farm animal Easter egg video tutorial:
hard-boiled eggs (room temperature)
farm animal/vintage spring images
very wet rag
how to make vintage spring & farm animal Easter eggs using temporary tattoos:
1. Create document on computer with desired image(s).
Here’s the one negative about this temporary tattoo paper. It’s pricey. And it’s kind of a one shot deal. Once you print on it and cut out your desired images, I don’t think it would be easy to re-print onto a partially used page. SO, when I decided to do this project, I jam-pack my 8.5 x 11 sheet of tattoo paper with EVERY image that I could possibly imagine I’d want to put on an Easter egg…waste not, want not.
I used Word to create my image document. It’s pretty easy to add images into the publishing view. For the photos of the kids, I used a cool feature that I hadn’t tried before on Word. Under the “format picture” tab, there is an option to “remove background.” This pulled faces of the kids away from their backgrounds in the chosen images, which really made the pictures cleaner when transferred onto the eggs.
Print a test page before you go ahead and print your images onto the real temporary tattoo paper. It’s too expensive to mess up!
2. Place plastic covering onto tattoo paper.
Follow the instructions that come with the tattoo paper you purchase. I used Silhouette brand tattoo paper. Once I printed my page out, I had to take the plastic adhesive, which comes with the paper, and apply it on top of the printed images. It only takes a few seconds. I smoothed the plastic down with a credit card.
3. Cut out desired tattoo(s).
The tattoos will turn out best if you stay really tight to your image as you cut. It will take a few extra minutes to do it this way, so if you have the time, great. Otherwise, just do what you can do…it’s not going to turn out awfully if you cut corners…or I guess don’t cut corners, in this case 😂.
4. Apply tattoo.
Before applying the tattoo, make sure your eggs are room temperature. I noticed that this process works best at room temperature, for some reason. I tried a couple on eggs that came straight out of the fridge, and NONE of the tattoos the cold eggs turned out well.
Grab a little bowl of water, and a washcloth. Make sure the washcloth is SOAKING wet. The wetter, the better.
Place the tattoo face-down on your egg, in the desired location. DON’T LET IT MOVE AROUND. Holding it still, soak the back of the tattoo. Don’t rub, just blot. Continue wetting and blotting until the paper naturally separates from the tattoo.
And that’s it!
Links for farm animals and vintage spring images used in this post: