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How to Make Art With Paint-Filled Eggs (Kids Age 3+)

Did you ever try to color with paint-filled eggs yet?

This color-filled egg project is one of our favorite hands-on art activities for kids.

Simply create with help of eggshells the most beautiful modern art masterpiece.

It is so much fun! Let’s dive right in.

Modern Eggshell art

How to Make Paint-Filled Eggs for Your Art Project

My kids are very creative and I m constantly looking for new fun craft ideas for them when I came across this hands-on art activity for kids.

We never painted before with the help of eggshells and the kids were fascinated by the idea of throwing color-filled eggs on a canvas to create a beautiful piece of art.

While I on the other hand liked the fact that they had to use their fine motor skills for this art project.

Let’s give this epic kid fun a try together. Take a look at the step-by-step instructions to see how it works.

Did you enjoy painting with eggshells? Then try one of our other fun painting techniques. How about Water Balloon Drawing, Hammer Painting, or Painting with Bubble Wrap next?

Paint Filled Eggs Material

Here is what you need for your easy eggshell art project:

  • Empty eggshells
  • Paint
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Canvas
materials paint-filled eggshell art

Egg Shell Painting Instruction

Simply follow this step-by-step tutorial to create your own modern art with the help of paint-filled eggs.

Step 1: Empty the eggs

For this crafting project, you will have to crack the top of at least one dozen medium eggs and empty them.

You can use two different techniques, either you do it while the eggs are raw or you cook them first. When they are cooked use a spoon to take the inside out.

Both worked for me. It’s just a matter of your preferences.

Step 2: Fill the eggshells with paint

Fill the empty eggshells with your choice of colors.

We used my children’s favorite colors. I let them pick for themselves. They also helped me fill the empty eggshells. We used washable paint for our craft project.

fill eggshells with art

Step 3: Secure the color-filled eggs

To secure the color-filled eggs take tissue paper and cut squares big enough to cover the openings. Place the paper over the top and secure it with tape.

paint-filled eggs

Step 4: Prepare canvas

To prepare the canvas place newspaper or old cardboard boxes underneath it so it can be cleaned up easily and your space doesn’t get too messy.

Step 5: Create eggshell art

The preparation is done, now it’s time to have fun. Take the covered eggshells and throw them against the canvas.

throw paint-filled eggshells

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Egg Painting Tips

  • Be careful cracking the eggs. This part was challenging since the shells are fragile so I took my time. I don’t advise letting the kids help you with this step of the preparation.
  • Don’t waste food! No need to through the egg white and jog out, they still can be eaten. Just simply use them for baking or making scrambled eggs.
  • After the children finish throwing the prepared eggs make sure to remove leftover eggshells from the canvas and sign your artwork with your name after it is tried off.

If you are a visual learner, this video tutorial will show you how to create art with paint-filled eggs as well.

Modern Art Facts for Kids

The epoch of modern art started in the 1860s until about the 1970s. Artists during this time period experimented with new ways and ideas of materials and the function of art with a tendency for abstraction.

Well-known artists from this time period are Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec just to name a few.

This information and more about modern art and its artists can be found here.

messy paint-filled eggshell art


My kids really loved this easy hands-on paint-filled egg project and their finished products.

We used the preparation time to spend quality time together. They watched me prepare and fill up the eggs with paint and also enjoyed being mommy’s little helpers along the way.

But of course, the best part was throwing the filled eggs on the canvas and getting messy.

This egg painting on canvas arts and crafts activity is really a blast. You should give it a try!

Now I would like to hear from you!
How did you enjoy this fun paint-filled eggs project?
Either way, comment below and let me know how your modern art eggshell project turned out.
I’d love to hear from you!

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paint-filled eggshell art

Paint-filled eggs

paint-filled eggshell art

How to create modern art with paint-filled eggshells

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • eggs
  • paint
  • canvas
  • tissue paper
  • tape


  1. Empty eggs
  2. Fill eggshells with paint
  3. Cover eggshells with tissue paper and secure it with tape
  4. Throw eggs against the canvas to create modern art


Be aware this activity is messy

This looks fun, right? If you’re interested in getting a sneak peek at what kind of fun to expect, here’s a great video for you.

Rati Saxena

Monday 8th of May 2023


Would you know for how long can we store the paint in the egg shells?

Lil Tigers

Monday 8th of May 2023

I m not quite sure, I prepared it and used it right away. If you keep it for too long the paint will start to try out. How long do you plan on leaving it in the eggs before you use it?

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