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Easy DIY Easter Eggs with Washi Tape

DIY Easter eggs with washi tape to make the prettiest patterns! And even better — your kids can do it with you. Read on for the tutorial.

Four decorated Easter eggs using washi tape
Four decorated Easter eggs using washi tape

This little post has long been one of our reader fan faves! I was pretty much just looking for excuses to decorate for spring when I came up with these DIY Easter eggs using washi tape.

If you’ve been around these parts for a while, these photos might look new to you — we finally recreated the project now that we have upgraded camera equipment and way better light to work with.

We originally shot this project in our tiny New York apartment with two little windows looking out onto an air shaft! I was excited to revisit this, beef up the tutorial, and share some new pretty images.

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No-Dye Ideas to Decorate Easter Eggs

I love no-dye options because they are just so much cleaner and simpler!

Especially with little kids, dye is fun but can be a huge mess.

But this easy DIY Easter egg idea substitutes washi tape for any messy dye. You can use the washi on hard-boiled eggs or faux eggs, and it adheres perfectly to both types.

Before you dive in, check out lots of other Easter ideas here!

What Is Washi Tape?

Washi tape is an amazing and versatile craft supply to keep on hand!

Washi is a decorative tape made from traditional Japanese paper. It’s pefect for crafting, journaling, and stationery use.

Washi is made from highly renewable resources (as opposed to western paper, which is made from tree pulp, it’s made from Japanese shrubs). It’s biodegradable, too, so you can recycle it.

Although we use a cutting technique on the tape for these DIY Easter eggs, washi is easy to tear by hand when you need a piece. It’s a great craft supply for kids as well.

Supplies You’ll Need

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes Per Egg

Washi tape and a bowl of Easter eggs

Make DIY Easter Eggs with Striped Washi Tape

  1. To make the striped Easter egg, start by pulling out a length of washi tape approximately 6″ long. Use small scissors to cut the washi tape into long thirds.
  2. Then trim the thirds off so you have long thin strips of tape. Place the strips around the egg at random, in whatever pattern you prefer.
  3. Continue this process until you are happy with the pattern.
Washi tape cut into strips
Easter eggs decorated with washi tape

DIY Easter Eggs with a Confetti Washi Tape Pattern

  1. To make the confetti-patterned Easter egg, start the process in a similar fashion to the striped egg. Pull out a length of washi tape and use the scissors to cut it in half longways (rather than in thirds). This will create smaller pieces of tape to look like confetti sprinkled on the egg.
  2. From each long piece, cut small rectangles of tape and place them around the egg at random.
Washi tape cut into strips
Easter eggs decorated with washi tape

Decorate a Polka Dot Easter Egg with Washi Tape

  1. To get the look of the oversized polka dots on this egg, start by layering two lengths of washi tape over one another, so that they overlap on the long edge by about 1/4″.
  2. Once you have this extra wide piece of combined washi tapes, use your scissors to cut out small circles from the strip of tape.
  3. Alternatively, if you have a small circle hole punch you can try to punch the circles out. However, we found that our punches didn’t work well with the washi tape because of the adhesive, and that cutting was just as efficient.
  4. Place the circles on your egg, trying to alternate the orientation of the patterns on the tape so that they don’t all face one direction.
Layers of washi tape for decorating Easter eggs
Easter eggs decorated with washi tape

Decorate a Geometric Easter Egg with Washi Tape

  1. For this egg, you’ll cut small triangles out of one long strip of washi tape. Your triangles can be varying shapes and sizes; what’s more important is that you try to keep the distance between the triangles as you place them on the egg somewhat uniform.
  2. Go slow and steady with this one, placing the triangles one by one as you assess and visualize the size or shape of triangle that you’ll need next to keep filling in your egg.
  3. Continue cutting small triangles until your egg is complete!
Easter eggs decorated with washi tape
Four decorated Easter eggs using washi tape

Whaddaya think?  Is it something that you’d try, or do you prefer the tried-and-true dyed Easter eggs? 

More DIY Easter Egg Ideas

If you love these DIY Easter eggs, be sure to try our other Easter egg ideas below!

And if you make our DIY washi Easter eggs be sure to rate our project below. Have fun!

Four decorated Easter eggs using washi tape
Four decorated Easter eggs using washi tape
Four decorated Easter eggs using washi tape

Easy DIY Easter Eggs with Washi Tape

Yield: DIY Washi Easter eggs
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

A simple, no-dye idea for creating DIY Easter eggs!

Materials

  • eggs (real or faux)
  • washi tape

Tools

  • scissors
  • optional: circle hole punch

Instructions

    1. To make the striped Easter egg, start by pulling out a length of washi tape approximately 6" long. Use small scissors to cut the washi tape into long thirds.
    2. Then trim the thirds off so you have long thin strips of tape. Place the strips around the egg at random, in whatever pattern you prefer.
    3. Continue this process until you are happy with the pattern.
    4. To make the confetti-patterned Easter egg, start the process in a similar fashion to the striped egg. Pull out a length of washi tape and use the scissors to cut it in half longways (rather than in thirds). This will create smaller pieces of tape to look like confetti sprinkled on the egg.
    5. From each long piece, cut small rectangles of tape and place them around the egg at random.
    6. To get the look of the oversized polka dots on this egg, start by layering two lengths of washi tape over one another, so that they overlap on the long edge by about 1/4".
    7. Once you have this extra wide piece of combined washi tapes, use your scissors to cut out small circles from the strip of tape.
    8. Alternatively, if you have a small circle hole punch you can try to punch the circles out. However, we found that our punches didn't work well with the washi tape because of the adhesive, and that cutting was just as efficient.
    9. Place the circles on your egg, trying to alternate the orientation of the patterns on the tape so that they don't all face one direction.
    10. For this egg, you'll cut small triangles out of one long strip of washi tape. Your triangles can be varying shapes and sizes; what's more important is that you try to keep the distance between the triangles as you place them on the egg somewhat uniform.
    11. Go slow and steady with this one, placing the triangles one by one as you assess and visualize the size or shape of triangle that you'll need next to keep filling in your egg.
    12. Continue cutting small triangles until your egg is complete!

Notes

Washi tape is an amazing and versatile craft supply to keep on hand!

Washi is a decorative tape made from traditional Japanese paper. It's pefect for crafting, journaling, and stationery use.

Washi is made from highly renewable resources (as opposed to western paper, which is made from tree pulp, it's made from Japanese shrubs). It's biodegradable, too, so you can recycle it.

Although we use a cutting technique on the tape for these DIY Easter eggs, washi is easy to tear by hand when you need a piece. It's a great craft supply for kids as well.

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289 thoughts on “Easy DIY Easter Eggs with Washi Tape

  1. OMG. I LOVE these!! What a simply, yet beautiful idea! I have amassed an enormous supply of washi tape – and I know my kids will really enjoy this project. Thanks!

  2. Chelsea – these are gorgeous! I’ve made washi tape eggs before, but yours are far lovelier (so much so I just posted about them!)

  3. Your eggs are great ! So great that I tried to make one… and I posted it on my little blog, with a link to your article. Thank you for sharing this idea : D

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  43. Hi,
    The eggs look ah-mazing! Just wanted to ask where you go in bangkok to buy Washi tape? Terribly new and would help me a lot!
    Thanks and have a great day!
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  68. i love these, they’re amazing!

    thanks for sharing your tutorial! i set a link and hope you agree.

    best wishes, doro von Hand zu Hand

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  79. These are beautiful! How do u do the green one? The others seem fairly easy to figure out but the green one seems special…what’s ur method?

    Thanks

    Kara

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  115. I was looking for easy easter egg DIYs and found this. This is fantastic and really easy to do so I included it in my blog post. I am very new (and very late) in joining the washi tape bandwagon and this just adds to the things that I can do with it.

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  171. Ooh. I wonder how your pretty tape designs would look on eggs that ARE colored. Hmmmm….think I’ll try that one year, too. Love your great ideas!

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