Make your own Mandalorian and DIY baby yoda Easter eggs:
I know Easter isn’t always a big celebration or holiday for many people, but I grew up in a family that made a big deal out of Easter. Part of it is when Easter falls in the calendar year – my dad and I have birthdays that are 3 days apart in April, so Easter usually falls somewhat near our birthdays. As a result it turns into a bigger Easter/birthday celebration. We always have birthday cake at Easter!
As far as I can remember, my birthday actually fell on Easter 3 times so far in my life, and two of those were pretty significant. Once was when I was a kid, maybe 10. The second time my birthday was on Easter happened to be my 21st birthday. So while most of my peers were out at the bars for 21 I was at my Aunt’s house drinking lemon drop martinis – which was not a bad thing! And the most recent time my birthday fell on Easter was also the most difficult time, and that was last year. At that point we were about a month into the pandemic and almost everyone (at least everyone I knew) was completely quarantined. I’d normally be traveling to see my family and instead I was facing both Easter and my actual birthday without them.
It was a bit harder to handle than I thought it would be. I was one of the first people I knew to have a “quarantine birthday,” and since it was also on Easter it wasn’t exactly on the forefront of anyone’s minds. Many people who still lived with immediate family were able to celebrate Easter, or have outside gatherings, or were having Zoom Easter. So it was Jason and me and we tried to make the best of it.
Part of “making the best of it” involved projects to distract myself. I have always decorated Easter eggs every single year since I can remember. Yes, I’m 32 years old, and there are no “kids” left in our family to paint eggs. Yet every year when I go home for Easter my mom has dozens of hard boiled eggs for me waiting to painted and decorated. It’s something I always do the day before or morning of Easter, so 2020 was no different.
I started my birthday morning in 2020 making a few fun Easter eggs. And since they were just for me to enjoy of course I was going to put a Disney twist on them! My baby yoda obsession was strong at that point (let’s be honest, it still is), and so doing some DIY baby yoda Easter eggs was a no brainer.
However, making eggs that look like characters and such requires a little more intricate work than my approach of sometimes just throwing eggs into dye or putting stickers on them. I decided to experiment with sharpies this year and I was pleased at how well they turned out!
There are lots of different ways you could make a baby yoda Easter egg (also considered doing half the egg as his face and the bottom half his little robe and gluing ears on) but ultimately I decided that the pod would be the easiest and make the most sense for an egg shape. And of course he needs his buddy Mando! With more angular lines and a simple design Mando was a lot easier to create.
Some tips for your DIY baby yoda Easter eggs:
- Outline first! Use a pencil to sketch out what you’d like to do. Even when you think you have a decent idea for how it should look, I found the egg shape can throw things off more than you might expect.
- 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.
- 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.
- For wooden eggs that you plan to keep, some sort of top coat might be a good idea whether you use sharpies or paint.
- Don’t be afraid to be creative! I work with kids and tell them all the time – yours doesn’t have to look like mine. If you get an idea that you want to try, go for it!
- If you’re on a roll consider tackling some other Star Wars characters. I think easier ones would include C-3P0, a porg, and maybe Darth Vader. Or you could attempt other Disney characters – I’ve done some much easier ones including Mike Wazowski, Eve from Wall-E, and Baymax.
- Drawing or painting not your thing? Get great looking Disney Easter eggs using another technique – temporary tattoos!
- Hard boiled eggs (or wooden craft eggs)
- Sharpie markers (a variety of colors is good, including a silver one)
- Ultra fine black sharpie
- If using real eggs, hard boil them first.
- Using a pencil, lightly sketch out the design you want to put on your egg.
- Using colored sharpies, color in the details of your egg.
- Wait 5 minutes between colors so the marker has time to set and you don't smudge it.
- Go over anything you want to outline with an ultra fine black sharpie.
- Proudly display and enjoy your work!
Do you normally decorate Easter eggs? Which Star Wars characters would you want to create?