When I was a little girl, decorating Easter Eggs was a holiday tradition. It was a tradition I would look forward to each year because it meant I was one step closer to devouring Peeps and Chocolate Truffles.
Don’t judge my candy addiction.
My mom and I would look for unique ways to decorate eggs, and I would bake cute little cakes in my Easy Bake Oven. It was a fun way to spend an evening, and I would make sure my dad would decorate an egg or two… although his “artistic” eggs never made it in the final Easter Basket, lol .
This year I thought it would be fun to decorate Easter eggs in homage to Miami.
One of the most beautiful aspects of Miami is the Art Deco buildings, which have been preserved to their original architecture thanks to local organizations like the Miami Design Preservation League.
I love strolling down Ocean Avenue to capture the buildings… if you stalk me on Instagram you’ve seen them on my feed.
Art Deco began in the roaring 20’s and first made a cameo in France. The style was then brought over to the United States in the shape of some of our most iconic buildings like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. If you can’t envision Art Deco think about Leo DiCaprio (swoon!) in The Great Gatsby, that was all Deco!
Art Deco is known to be symmetrical, geometric, streamlined, often simple, and pleasing to the eye. There are so many buildings around Miami that have Art Deco features, especially in older communities like South Beach and Little Havana. If you live or visit Miami, look around while you walk, you will more than likely see a few elements from that era.
Peacock feathers and fringe were also a major component in Art Deco fashion. I wanted to emulate the style of Miami past, and create Easter eggs that were chic and elegant to decorate my apartment for the season.
I found these incredible Flash Tattoos which have Art Deco shapes, and of course, are gold and sparkly just how I like my life to be 🙂
Make the Eggs
I hardboiled large white eggs, and added a bit of vinegar to the water to remove any dirt or sticky stuff. I used acrylic paints on the eggs, so this way the eggs would have a glossy finish.
Note: I used a fan brush to paint the eggs. It covers more ground and gives the paint a smooth, even finish.
My apartment is decorated in black & white, so I used black, grey and soft pink paints. I looked online and found a photo of the The McAlpin Building and matched the pink paint to that photo. Can we say #OCDdetailoriented?!
I suggest looking at images of Art Deco buildings and picking a color palette from a particular building you like. This way you have a fun story to tell your guests when they come over!
To add the decorative features, I then cut the Flash Tattoos to fit the eggs. Once the paint was dry (about 4 hours to make sure!) I used a cotton ball to dab water on the paper side of the tattoos.
Shop The Tools
For your convenience, I linked the tools I used for my decoration. I made my own pink paint by mixing the red and white paint. The real va-va-voom is the Flash Tattoos . Even if you decide to use plain white eggs the tattoos are still elegant and you get over 150 designs for under $8.
Also, instead of an Easter Basket, I used a gold box to house the eggs.
I’m obsessing over my Art Deco Easter Eggs. I had a few girls over this weekend and they were raving about my Easter Egg cuteness. The eggs are chic, elegant, and perfectly Miami. Make these for your celebration if you want to turn heads and be the talk of the town.
From my home to yours, helping you add a dash of Miami spice to your daily life!