Read on for how to make your own orange bird Easter egg:
If you follow my blog regularly, you probably know that I’m a pretty huge fan of the orange bird and the citrus swirl. Orange bird’s popularity really exploded the past years, but I can be hipster and say I liked him before he was cool. I have an extensive orange bird collection and at one point I would buy literally everything Disney made with him on it, just because there were so few things. Now that would definitely break the bank!
So when I decided to give myself a fun project last Easter and decorate some eggs with a Disney theme, two things immediately came to mind. I’ve already shared how I created my baby Yoda and Mando Easter Eggs earlier, but today I’m going to talk about making these orange bird and citrus swirl inspired eggs!
I approached these Easter eggs a bit differently than the normal dye and/or paint. Just like my Disney pumpkins (which I typically paint rather than carve – and yes, I did make an orange bird pumpkin) I’ve experimented with different ways to egg decorating. I liked using sharpies for the Mandalorian eggs because I could do more precise work than with a paintbrush so I took the same approach here.
I’m overall pretty happy with how they turned out, though I’d try something different for the citrus swirl. I thought the shapes of both would lend themselves well to an egg – after all, the orange bird is round! But turns out an egg shape and a circle are pretty different when it comes to it, so I had to spend some time outlining with a pencil to make his eyes and all match up the way I wanted them to.
I also thought the citrus swirl would be easier to create an ice cream swirl appearance than it was, so I might try something different next time. I wanted to make the “cup” at the bottom look like the Disney ones so I attempted to put the logo on it freehand with sharpie but I didn’t love how that turned out – hence why I don’t show much of it in the photos!
Some tips for your orange bird Easter eggs:
- Outline first – it took me a few tries to get his face looking just right, and if you don’t get his eyes/eyebrows down pat he definitely ends up looking a little wonky!
- If you want to save your eggs for next year, consider purchasing wooden eggs to decorate! Especially if you work hard on these you may want to keep them around. I wish I had done that and will probably get some for whatever project I decide to do this year.
- If you prefer paint over sharpies, use that! Sharpies are what I had on hand and while they do work, I imagine some people might prefer to work with paint. I think acrylic paint and a detail paintbrush would work just fine.
- If you’re really inspired, keep going – I’d love to see what other sorts of Disney parks inspired Easter eggs people might come up with. Maybe if I get better at the citrus swirl I could do a Disney snack series?
- Drawing or painting not your thing? Get great looking Disney Easter eggs using another technique – temporary tattoos!
- Eggs (wooden or craft eggs)
- Sharpie markers (a variety of colors is good, but orange is most important!)
- Using a pencil, lightly sketch out the designs you want on your eggs.
- Using colored sharpies, color in the details of your eggs.
- Wait 5 minutes between colors so you don't smudge anything.
- Go over anything you want to outline with a very fine black sharpie.
- Proudly display and enjoy your work!
Do you normally decorate Easter eggs? What do you think of this orange bird Easter egg?