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Moroccan Rug Inspired Easter Eggs

I’ve been researching Moroccan rugs lately because I’m trying to find one the right size for our kitchen! And in that research, my head has started swimming with colors and patterns created by the native Moroccan tribes. So when I was brainstorming a new Easter egg idea and these patterns popped into my head, I thought it could be a cool mashup to create some Moroccan rug inspired Easter eggs!

The History of Moroccan Rugs

Have you read much about the history of Moroccan rugs? It’s truly fascinating (you can read a bit about how and why these rugs are created right here). Various indigenous tribes all created their own styles, using different weaves or patterns passed down from person to person. Each symbol also has its own meaning, which I think is super cool. (Here’s a quick breakdown.) We look at them and just see what we think is beautiful design, but they (like so many other culturally-connected works of art) are full of meaning and function.

I could nerd out on that all day long, but let’s talk about this DIY too!

DIY Moroccan Rug Inspired Easter Eggs

For the project, I basically wanted to recreate some of my favorite rugs from my internet travels, using these wooden eggs as a canvas. I decided to go with the wooden eggs because I figured that painting the patterns would be something of a time investment, and I wanted to be able to use the eggs again year after year. So rather than use real eggs, the wooden ones make this project last forever!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes Per Egg

Instructions

  1. Start by painting a base color for each egg. This should be the main color of the rug that you’re trying to recreate. Allow this coat to fully dry.
  2. If you like, you can clamp your egg in a small clamp to hold it more easily as you paint it. This will also enable you to twirl the egg without smudging the paint as you work your way around the egg.
  3. Assess the pattern of the rug that you’re using as inspiration, and decide which elements to include. Usually a rug will have a main shape or central theme, so it’s good to start there. If there are any large-scale patterns (like the cross-hatch on our purple egg) or big blocks of color (like the center diamond on our dark pink egg), it’s best to start there. Use a thin paintbrush to start outlining the main elements of your egg.
  4. Once you have those main elements painted, then you can continue adding layers of paint to create more colors and textures. This process will probably take a few rounds, as most rugs have lots of intricate layers and patterns. Recreate them until you’re happy with the result!
  5. After all of the paint has dried, add a layer of clear glossy ModPodge or sealer to add a bit of sheen and protect your designs.

That’s it! I just loved making this project, and I love the finished product. It has also inspired me to learn a lot more about these beautiful rugs that are so trendy — they’re obviously beautiful, but learning the history behind them makes them so much more interesting.

And just for fun, here are some more side-by-sides of the rug inspiration and the eggs that came to life! Hope you have fun making these this Easter season. xoxo

P.S. Here are lots more Easter ideas for you!

Yield: Painted Easter Eggs

Moroccan Rug Inspired Easter Eggs

moroccan rug inspired easter eggs

Paint bold patterns on your Easter eggs inspired by the rich tradition of Moroccan rugs.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

Instructions

    1. Start by painting a base color for each egg. This should be the main color of the rug that you're trying to recreate. Allow this coat to fully dry.
    2. If you like, you can clamp your egg in a small clamp to hold it more easily as you paint it. This will also enable you to twirl the egg without smudging the paint as you work your way around the egg.
    3. Assess the pattern of the rug that you're using as inspiration, and decide which elements to include. Usually a rug will have a main shape or central theme, so it's good to start there. If there are any large-scale patterns (like the cross-hatch on our purple egg) or big blocks of color (like the center diamond on our dark pink egg), it's best to start there. Use a thin paintbrush to start outlining the main elements of your egg.
    4. Once you have those main elements painted, then you can continue adding layers of paint to create more colors and textures. This process will probably take a few rounds, as most rugs have lots of intricate layers and patterns. Recreate them until you're happy with the result!
    5. After all of the paint has dried, add a layer of clear glossy ModPodge or sealer to add a bit of sheen and protect your designs.

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