Pysanki Decorated Eggs

Pysanki Decorated Eggs

By Brenda Hyde

A special decorated egg called Pysanki, which comes from the Slavic word pysati which means "to write" are a beautiful tradition for many families. The eggs are "written" on with hot wax making beautiful and elaborate designs then dipped into colorful dyes. You can do this yourself with some simple designs.

You will need:

Room temperature hard boiled eggs

a sewing pin stuck into a pencil eraser


Be sure to do this with children ONLY if adults are present to help at all times. Stick a small needle or pin into the eraser head on a pencil. Light a candle. Dip your pin into hot wax and immediately write on the egg making a design. After making a few designs, dip the egg into a light color dye. Dry the egg by patting gently with a cloth and add more wax designs. Dip again into a slightly darker color. Repeat this process until your egg is decorated as you wish!

The Pysanki method is really for adults and older kids that want to get more detailed and creative with the wax and fine designs. Young kids can use crayons to draw simple designs and then dip their eggs in dye afterwards for a variation of this method.

About the author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer and editor of She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three children.


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