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My Collection of Easter Eggs (Pysanky)

Ukrainian Easter Egg - Family collectionIf you have been following my posts for a while now, you have learned a great deal about the Ukrainian art of Easter Egg decorating.  However if you just joined us recently, you may catch up by visiting these previous posts on this subject:

Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanka) – Tradition and Design

The Twelve Steps In Decorating Pysanky

80 Years Old Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky)

Today I would like to share with you some of the Easter Eggs in my own collection:


My children, during their early teenage years (that is several years ago now), designed these Ukrainian Easter Eggs.  I have devoted 16 years as a volunteer program director of a youth group at my church, and Easter Egg decorating was the most desired craft project every year.  Even the youngest group members, 6 years old, tried their hand at the art of decorating Easter Eggs (we would let them use hard boiled eggs….to avoid disasters and disappointments with the finished product).  It was such a joy to see their faces light up, once the wax came off their completed eggs, and the beautiful colors of the design miraculously appeared from underneath.

Now let me share some of the different styles of Easter Eggs in my collection.


These two Ukrainian Easter Eggs were designed by a couple of very talented young ladies from a church my family and I were members of in upstate New York, and presented to my husband and me, as a going away gift.


This Easter Egg was shipped to me from Poland, by my niece.  It is a real egg shell, and the design is brush painted on, and preserved with a special sealer.


This Easter Egg was designed in Ukraine, and given to me as a gift.  It is a real egg shell studded with color beads, creating an interesting design.


These  are wooden eggs, with the design painted on.   These eggs were made in Ukraine, and purchased by me at a craft show.

You may like to visit The Ukrainian Museum, to preview a beautiful display of Ukrainian Easter Eggs and other artifacts.

6 thoughts on “My Collection of Easter Eggs (Pysanky)”

  1. All Women Stalker says:

    How wonderful! The beaded one is especially interesting.

  2. suburbangrandma says:

    Isn’t it amazing how a plain white egg can be transformed to something so beautiful?

  3. Diana says:

    I love the beautiful flower one your niece sent you from Poland and the beaded one is stunning. I can’t believe someone can do something like that on an egg shell.

    SG I remember these from last year…so that means its been a year since I’ve started to blog with you!! 🙂

  4. suburbangrandma says:

    That’s awesome…Thank you very much Diana.
    I only started my blog in Dec. of 2008.
    Last year I did have a couple of posts about Ukrainian Easter Eggs.

  5. Dawn says:

    Good afternoon,

    Purchased what we believe to be a psyanky egg at an auction house. All of the design elements and feel are appropriate. However, there is definitely something inside the egg. Sounds almost like a superball inside. Is this the yolk hardened or might this be some other egg. There are no seams at all. Thanks so much for your help. Dawn

  6. Suburban Grandma says:

    I am guessing the Easter Eggs you bought are real eggs, not plastic or other artificial material. Ukrainians use raw eggs to decorate them with elaborate designs for Easter. Some people make a small hole at each end of the egg, once all completed, and blow out the inner fluids from the egg, then leave them out to dry out completely. Some people leave the egg intact, with all the fluids still in, and these fluids eventually dry out though the shell, leaving a chunk of solid matter inside, that looks like old wax, brownish in color. Old legend has it that after 100 years the inside of the egg turns into a gemstone….???
    I hope this helps.
    Also, if you shake the egg gently and it sounds like it is filled with thick fluid, you do NOT want to break this egg….it would have a very unpleasant odor. That is another reason to blow the insides out from a freshly decorated egg, to prevent the eggs from cracking and smelling up your display case.

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