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Calligraphed Eggs DIY + Free Template

I love the idea of decorating simple and beautiful eggs through calligraphy. But let’s be honest, it’s difficult to write in a pretty font on a rounded surface. So, this year we had Julie Manwaring make us some templates to apply using tattoo paper. They were easy to make and even easier to clean up. Now, that’s a project I can get behind.

PS – Remember this fun confetti egg game ? I’m hoping we play again this year!

Material: Tattoo paper, scissors, hard boiled eggs, small bowl, water, paper towel

Step 1: Download the template—yes! It’s supposed to be reversed—and print it out onto temporary tattoo paper (we used Silhouette Printable Tattoo Paper from Paper Source.)
Step 2: With the print out in hand, closely follow the instructions provided on the tattoo paper packaging for proper application of the adhesive sheet.
Step 3: Cut out one tattoo, remove the clear plastic layer, and apply with a very wet paper towel to a hardboiled egg, again referencing the tattoo paper instructions for additional application details.
Step 4: Remove the paper backing and voila, a calligraphed egg!

Photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Coordinated by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting and Calligraphy by Julie Manwaring at Flourish & Whim
Styling by Caitlin Barker
Assisted by Harper Casimiro

 

 

 

  1. Jennie Kay

    March 12, 2013

    Love this! What a great idea :)

  2. Amanda Tacie

    March 12, 2013

    so clever, I love it. I could never really think of any ideas to use the tattoo paper for and this opens up a whole new world! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Robyn

    March 12, 2013

    the download is not working

  4. Kate

    March 12, 2013

    OH my Gosh! I love this! I’m a DIY-er but I like the things I make to look classy, not like something that my child’s 3rd grade elementary teacher assigned that only looks a little less sloppy because an adult created it.

    This looks classy. Thanks for the post if I find some time I’m totally going to make these!

    kate

  5. Deidrea

    March 12, 2013

    Has anyone been able to download the template?

  6. Sarah

    March 12, 2013

    This is soo cool! i’ve never heard of making your own temp tattoo and putting them on eggs just raises the bar for easter eggs!

  7. Kacie

    March 12, 2013

    WOWOWOW! These are so lovely. These are my kind of Easter eggs. They are so beautiful. I can’t wait to make them!!!

    Kacie
    http://www.acollectionofpassions.com/

  8. Jess

    March 12, 2013

    Wow, these are so delicate and sweet, great idea. It does seem the link to the download is not working.

  9. Chloe Moon

    March 12, 2013

    How fun!! I can’t wait to be an Easter hostess one year so I can make a table setting with these adorable eggs!! Very pretty!!

  10. Ana

    March 12, 2013

    Great idea! I just was thinking what kind of decoration the eggs should have this year. Research completed.

  11. mundart

    March 12, 2013

    So so so so lovely!
    Thanks a lot.

  12. Lisette

    March 12, 2013

    So simple, yet beautiful. Lovely handwriting is such an art form, especially these days.

  13. Steph

    March 12, 2013

    I adore this idea! What a beautiful end result!

  14. Nina-Su

    March 12, 2013

    Oh, what a great idea! It’s so beautiful!

  15. Connie

    March 12, 2013

    Beautiful :-) It’s raining today in Vancouver and we have Easter eggs on the brain, too. Wonderful post, as always.

  16. Lisa | Happy By

    March 12, 2013

    Beautiful, easy and creative :) You rock Jordan!

  17. Brittni: Paper & Stitch

    March 12, 2013

    Woah. These are amazing. One of my favorite Easter DIYs yet.

  18. chiara

    March 12, 2013

    the Peter Cottontail gif is awesome!

  19. Lisa

    March 12, 2013

    The calligraphy is just gorgeous! It would be wonderful if there was a font that could provide a similiar look…. although nothing beats the hand lettering.

    Does anyone have suggestions for a downloadable font?

    I’ll be bookmarking Flourish and Whim. Thanks for sharing the project–great idea!

  20. ashley rachelle

    March 12, 2013

    the temporary tattoo idea is fantastic! the calligraphy is exceptional! i love being surprised by fun & creative ideas! xo

    -ashley
    ashleyrachelle.com

  21. Megan

    March 12, 2013

    Could you dye the eggs before or after this? The kid in me still really wants to see them dyed!

  22. Ashlee

    March 12, 2013

    So pretty! I need to learn how to do fancy calligraphy.
    -ashlee
    twentysomethingbows.blogspot.com

  23. Mikey F.

    March 13, 2013

    Sooo cute! Love it.

  24. Jane

    March 13, 2013

    So stylish and sweet – thanks for sharing this idea!

  25. lyndsay

    March 13, 2013

    soooo cute!! and that little gif at the end made me smile!

  26. mom in mendon

    March 13, 2013

    I can’t download this with my existing programs. Is there something special that I need?

  27. Sweet Harvest Moon

    March 17, 2013

    LOVE this!

  28. Verena

    March 20, 2013

    Wow! You have always the best ideas!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Hug´s,
    Verena (in Germany)

  29. Nathalie

    March 22, 2013

    Does this also work on plastic eggs?

    LOVE THIS! So unique! Classy!

  30. MrPaul

    March 24, 2013

    So much fun, I can’t wait to give them a try.

  31. Meli (Blush + Jelly)

    March 25, 2013

    These look like so much fun! A lot easier than having to dye eggs! :)

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