DIY Ukrainian (Pysanky) Easter Eggs

DIY Ukrainian Easter Eggs
DIY Ukrainian Easter Eggs

How AMAZING are these!!!? This is our first guest post from the FABULOUS Yao Cheng! And I could not be MORE excited about it! I just want to let you know I tried out this DIY, and I HIGHLY recommend ordering the supplies that Yao suggests. If you are going to spend the time to make these beautiful eggs, you might as well buy the best dye, the egg blowing tool, and the stylus with the special beeswax.

I found THIS SITE very helpful for additional information!

And now! Words of wisdom from Yao!

If you are looking for something colorful and fun to spice up your decorations this Easter, these Pysanky inspired eggs are the perfect afternoon project for you! Fun and inexpensive, this DIY will show you step-by-step how to decorate these eggs using a wax-resist method. I first learned about this technique a few years ago from my friend, Colleen, and was instantly captivated by all the colors and decorative patterns you can do with it! And so began a new hobby I like to indulge in during the holidays such as Easter and Christmas… (They also make great Christmas ornaments.)

Want to purchase some of the finished eggs? You can find them in my Etsy shop!


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– Aniline dye packets: I recommend this seller I found on Ebay, her dyes are excellent and cheap!
– 1 jar of half white vinegar and half distilled water
– 1 jar of distilled water
– White eggs (free-range eggs tend to have stronger shells)
– pencil
– another pencil with a nail pushed into the eraser end
– beeswax (with a crayon to tint the wax)
– candle
mini glue skillet
– whisk
– gloves
– paper towels

*I will be using real eggs in which I blow out the egg yokes using a pump called Blas-Fix. Some people choose to use the eggs as is, so it is completely up to you! If you do intend on blowing out the yoke, you just need to follow the simple steps on the box.

**If you become totally hooked, I would recommend purchasing this beginner kit and this electric stylus to do more detailed designs.

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STEP 1: Using a pencil, lightly draw in the design. ( I like to put in a grid first to help guide me as I start drawing with the wax.) During this step, it is a good time to decide where the different colors will go!

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STEP 2: I will be showing you the “drop and pull” method in this DIY. First, melt the beeswax in the mini glue skillet with a black crayon to tint the color.
Next, using the pencil with the nail, dip it in the hot wax and seal the hole if you have blown out your egg.

Now, dip the nail back into the hot wax and “pull away” to create a stroke. It’s a good idea to practice on paper to get comfortable. Continue the pattern by covering wax over where you want the pattern to remain white.

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STEP 3: Before dyeing the egg with a color, dip it into the jar of vinegar and distilled water. That will allow the egg to dye better.

Drop it into the next desired color. You can keep the whisk in with the egg to prevent it from floating.

Generally, light colors take longer to dye (about 10- 15 minutes), whereas darker colors only take about 5-8 minutes.

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STEP 4: Repeat step 2 and cover wax over the areas you would like the color to remain, in this case, yellow.

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STEP 5: Drop it into the next color dye.

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STEP 6: When you have reached the final color, dry it off with a paper towel. Hold it over a candle to melt the wax. Wipe off the wax with a paper towel as you go around the entire egg.

*It is a good idea to first wipe off the part that sealed the hole, as hot air can build up in the egg and can crack the shell.

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Now you’re DONE!!!

Now admire how beautiful your design turned out!

*As a follow up step, I coat my eggs in a light layer of varnish to give it a protective shine! To do that, just put on some gloves and rub a little bit of this varnish. You will need to prop it up on some nails to let it dry! (You just want to find an oil-based clear sealant)


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You can also purchase the beautiful eggs Yao has made here!

Thank you so much Yao! I will report back with what I come up with!

Styling and tutorial by: Yao Cheng
Final product photography by: Jeffry Konczal


  1. I LOVE these! What an amazing skill to possess! 🙂

  2. I’m Ukrainian and have been making these eggs with my Mom since I was a little kid. It definitely takes patience to learn, but I host an egg dying get together for my girl friends every year.

    I buy supplies each year from: They sell the colored wax, kitskas, and all the other supplies you would need. I also recommend the books which have traditional Ukrainian symbols and step by step designs which are helpful for following when you’re just starting out.

    1. Thank you Lindsay! I have become so obsessed with learning all about this art! So I really appreciate the resources! xo

  3. These are beautiful!

  4. These are absolutely stunning! I loved this post so much , Yao work is beautiful, Thanks for sharing

    1. Lucky for us Yao will be posting every couple weeks! I have really good taste in people…huh?! hahaha no, but really.

  5. How PRETTY are these!? And how talented! Such a perfect way to celebrate for Easter 🙂

  6. oh. BEAUTIFUL. that is all I can say. BEAUTIFUL.

  7. Thanks to Alison for allowing me to guest post on her awesome blog! I had such a blast doing this DIY post and I’m definitely looking forward to future posts with Alison! Thanks also to everyone for your kind words 🙂

  8. kim

    I don’t have a website as of yetb/c I have so many projects going on @ once & they are all new mediums for me. I bought 3 ostrich eggs a few yrs ago and want to decorate them with the instructions you gave. But I think it would be better to try on chicken eggs till I get the hang of it. Thx for the excellent instruction you provided.

  9. chris

    I took 4 years of russian in high school for my foreign language in high school & we made these every year.I have been looking for good supplies so I can teach my son how to make them. I am so glad I found this! Thank you. This really brings back so many wonderful memories just seeing the decorated eggs.

    1. oh awesome! yes, yao is a genius! i got lost in the world of this art researching it after she wrote the post!

  10. Natalia

    It’s a very popular tradition in Poland. The oldest “pisanka” (we write it this way) from Poland is one thousand year. We have a lot of techniques to make absolutely unique “pisanki” for every Easter. Your eggs are easy to make, but really beautiful!
    Greetings from Poland!

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