This is a great craft for early spring when you might find yourself with dyed eggs readily available, but it can also be a fun way to spend an afternoon. Eggshell art also has the added benefit in that it provides fine motor skill development for young children. They will be peeling eggs, cracking egg shells, and picking up and placing small pieces of shell–all great ways to build strength in little fingers and hand-eye coordination. What we like most about this craft is that crafters young and old can enjoy it, and create meaningful works of art!
Although we chose a picture frame to craft, you could make a vase out of an old jar, or decorate a terra-cotta planter. This craft is versatile and can be done on a multitude of surfaces. The steps for the craft remain the same, while the only difference is how you prepare the surface you are crafting on: sanding and priming a frame, cleaning a jar, etc. Follow along below as we show you how to decorate a picture frame with eggshell art!
This craft is best done with already dyed eggs. If you don’t have dyed eggs you can dye eggs with a mixture of 1 cup warm/hot water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and several drops of food coloring. You can dye eggs that have been hard-boiled, or blow them first and then dye them.
If you chose an old picture frame to decorate as we did, make sure you prep it now before moving on to the next step. Prepping the frame could mean sanding off varnish, or painting it an entirely new color.
Equipment / Tools
- Dyed eggs
- 1 picture frame
- Craft glue
If you're using leftover Easter eggs and you used the blowing method, then this step might break your heart a little. If you dyed hard-boiled eggs, then you're in luck!
Start by hard-boiling eggs and dying them. Once dry, crack or peel your egg shells. On the inside of the shells, you’ll notice a thin white membrane. Take the time to peel off the membrane. The eggshell pieces without it will stick better to the glue.
Paint Glue Onto Craft Surface
Use a paintbrush to cover a small section of your surface with glue. Applying the egg shells can take time and you don’t want to waste glue by covering your frame or vase all at once.
Press the Egg Shells Into Glue
Use your fingers or tweezers to gently press the shell pieces onto the glue-covered surface. For more advanced crafters, tweezers give you the ability to do fine detail work. If you dyed your eggshells several colors, you could try arranging them into patterns or designs on your frame or vase.
If you want your frame or vase to last a long time, add a coat or two of clear acrylic spray to the finished surface. This will help ensure that the shell pieces don't fall off.
Add in Your Favorite Photo and Enjoy
Find a photo that is meaningful to you or a friend/family member and put it in the frame. Whether you are giving it as a gift to someone or keeping it for yourself, it can serve as a reminder of an enjoyable moment from your life.