African Mudcloth Easter Eggs

I fell in love with mud cloth years ago and my infatuation is still going strong. These fabrics originally originating from Mali feature unique and intricate hand drawn prints on a heavy woven fabric, and like you may have guessed by the name – the fabric is dyed with mud. So when I decided to challenge myself to DIY different types of easter eggs this year, mud cloth inspired eggs was of course at the top of my list.

I used motifs from mud cloth that I own, but a simple google search will show you so many patterns that you can use to inspire your design. Apart from the drying time of the paint, this project really takes no time at all and ANYONE can do it.


What you need:

  • Craft eggs (I bought mine at Michael’s but they are available online at Amazon) p.s  you can also use real eggs if you’re into it!
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black sharpie
  • White paint pen


  1. Paint as many eggs as you like with black acrylic paint and allow to dry from ~30 minutes.

    Apologies for the poor quality of this image! I fractured my wrist so it’s harder to shoot right now 🙁

  2. While the black eggs are drying, create the white ones. Using a black sharpie, draw your desired mud cloth patterns all over the eggs. This doesn’t take much artistic skill so don’t be scared to do you. It’s all about the repetition.
  3. When the black eggs are dry, do the same pattern-drawing with the white paint marker this time.



And that’s really it. Literally just drawing motifs over and over until you’ve covered the eggs. I’m super happy with how these turned out and I hope you guys try it too!

What’s your favorite way to decorate Easter eggs? Let me know in the comments!



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