DIY Easter Egg Decorating Ideas, Inspired By Our Favorite Artists

From the abstract expressionists to the contemporary visionaries, discover the nine artists we're channeling with our Easter egg decor!

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


Yayoi Kusama's iconic polka dot motif has transformed contemporary art, and it's one aesthetic we can't wait to duplicate at the Easter table. Take to the eggs with a colorful assortment of stickers, a primary color scheme is encouraged, layering the colors to recreate the look. 

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


Our ode to painter Wayne Thiebaud comes in the form of a visually sweet treat. Vibrantly-dyed eggs come paired with mini pom poms, set within equally tiny cupcake liners. Create a colorful assortment of these eggs and set atop each plate, or cluster together for a sweet centerpiece. 

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


Yves Klein's signature blue is a welcome change to the typical Easter palette. It exudes a sense of minimalism, when paired with a stark white backdrop, yet manages to set an accent-worthy effect with its defined blue. Recreate the look using a bright blue powder dust. Cover the entirety of the egg or opt for a pop of color by layering on a few brushstrokes. 

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


We're all for bringing Rothko's abstract aesthetic to the table. Begin by coloring the eggs using a standard egg dyeing kit. Stick to a vibrant red or yellow for the base color. Use an edible paste to replicate Rothko's signature strokes. 

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


Henri Matisse's cut-outs make for the ideal crafts for the little ones. Recreate this vibrant decoupage by cutting up an assortment of colorful tissue paper in the classic shapes. Glue the cut-outs onto the hardboiled eggs and you're all set! 

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


We're channeling Donald Judd's structured nod towards minimalism with this contemporary DIY. Dye the eggs in a bright hue and set each one within a sake cup - a similarly shaped box will do as well. Place each egg and sake cup combo atop a plate to double as a place setting! 

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


James Turrell is known for his works that depict light and the perception of space, a thematic challenge we were all too happy to replicate within our slew of egg decorating ideas. The trick? It's all about the ombre! We created a set of dyes in four color variations ranging from yellow, yellow-orange, orange, and red. Begin by dyeing the entire egg in the yellow cup, to designate the base. Pat the egg to dry before inserting it within the next color cup. Insert 3/4 of the egg into the yellow-orange to establish the slightly darker shade. Repeat the steps with the darker colors, inserting a slightly smaller portion of the egg with each remaining cup. 

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


If you're not quite ready to give up on the pastels, these Agnes Martin-inspired eggs are just the thing. Color the eggs using traditional dye, using only a few drops to attain the subtle pastel shade. Set aside to dry. Use painter's tape to section off the vertical or horizontal stripes on the egg. We used a water-soluble powder to paint on the softly contrasting stripes. 

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Elaina Sullivan


While a Jackson Pollock-inspired egg decor may not be edible, it will definitely make for a wow-worthy centerpiece and a fun DIY with the little ones! Cover a cutting board with parchment paper and space out a handful of hard-boiled eggs on top. Select a specific color palette and splatter on the paint to recreate this playful look! 

Published on March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm EDT

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