20 Fantastic Ideas for Dyeing and Decorating Easter Eggs
We are absolutely loving these bright and beautiful home-dyed Easter eggs featured on And Puppy Makes Three.
Sure to add a little color and spunk to your family's Easter fun, these eggs were created with basic supplies found around the house -- including masking tape, sticker dots, and rubber bands. Instead of using a store-bought solution, Mama Laura also stuck with vinegar, food coloring, and water -- and rightfully proves that you don't need anything fancy to create some seriously vibrant colors! Check out the rest of her post for the full walkthrough and great tips on dyeing Easter eggs with silk ties.
Melt your favorite Crayola colors onto this year's batch of eggs to create rather egg-citing Easter beauties like these featured on Full Circle!
To get started on these "hot rock" eggs, simply boil them as usual, and then pop them in the oven at 350°. Once they're nice and toasty, pull them out with tongs, and touch your crayons to the hot eggs to create beautiful melted colors and designs! Though this might be a better project for older kids due to the hot touch of the eggs, small hands can help by sprinkling each Easter egg with crayon shavings.
Jen of Hey! Jen Renee shares these fun "Kool-Eggs" for Easter -- and we couldn't agree with her more when she says, "I mean, why not? It smells fruity and awesome. It makes me nostalgic for hot summer days at the pool."
Noting that Kool-Aid can be a tad bit messy and that all mixing should be done over the sink to prevent stained countertops, Jen says that you can typically find about five Kool-Aid packets for only $1, and that this dyeing project only requires two steps: dunking the eggs into the Kool-Aid/water mix and stirring. Super-easy, inexpensive, and gorgeous! Be sure to check out her full post for more fun tips.
Photographer Teri Lyn Fisher features these gorgeous Ukranian Easter eggs made by her friend Elisa on her blog, Fish Food. So many gorgeous patterns and colors included!
To make your own, Teri recommends finding a Ukranian Easter egg decorating kit online, since they can be hard to hunt down in stores. As shown in the picture, this process requires matches, a kistka (pointy tool included in the kit), and candles. Be sure to check out the full post for the complete walkthrough -- Teri and Elisa have plenty of great tips to share!
We are absolutely loving Alisa Burke's watercolored Easter eggs -- they may not be permanently dyed, but they sure are pretty!
Alisa notes that she was able to apply intricate designs onto her Easter eggs by using watercolor pencils (we didn't even know these existed!), which even younger kids can use with ease. To get started, she simply used her watercolors to paint on the different colors, and then she used her pencils to add in the fun details. Easy! Check out Alisa's full post for plenty of great photos and tips on her process.
Scrumdilly-Do's Jessica has some fantastic tips for making homemade Easter eggs the frugal way, and for turning your crafty Easter fun into a science project for the little ones.
These lovely eggs -- simply made with food coloring, salt, water, and white crayons or leftover birthday candles -- will not only give your family the chance to make Easter eggs on the cheap, but offer a great opportunity to explore different colors and what may happen once the salt or crayons are used. And really, who can resist the opportunity to conduct a couple experiments when there's color involved?
Looking to add a little glitter to this year's Easter festivities? Don't miss out on Rebecca Wright's idea for making confetti-filled eggs on Oh Happy Day!
Noting that these gorgeous surprise-filled eggs are similar to mini piñatas, Rebecca explains that they used the eggs for a fun party game: one hollowed-out egg was filled with gold confetti while the others contained bird seed or Fruity Pebbles (ingredients that they didn't feel bad about leaving behind in the park). Whichever party-goer gets the gold glitter egg broken over their head not only is said to be blessed with good luck, but wins an awesome prize! Check out the full post to learn how you too can fill your good-luck-granting glittery Easter eggs, and for plenty of fun photos from their game.
Got a young Angry Birds lover at home? (We know the feeling.) Consider painting up some Angry Birds Easter eggs like these featured on Craftzine!
To get started, simply pull out your handy paint set and get to work on creating your favorite oh-so-crotchety characters. And for families that are hoping to use their angry birdies for an Easter egg hunt -- consider painting one egg completely gold for the ultimate grand prize!
Summer Sky shares some great tips on how one family made these beautiful naturally dyed Easter eggs.
Noting that spinach and paprika may not have been the way to go, turmeric and red cabbage did not disappoint -- though the red cabbage made a nice blue color rather than the expected purple! We absolutely love the idea of making chemical-free, inexpensive homemade Easter egg dye. Check out the vegetablegardener.com for more natural color ideas!
Forget the Easter egg dye this year and bring on the sparkly polka dots! Domestifluff shows us how to create these beautiful spotted Easter eggs by using clear adhesive dots and various microfine glitters found in the craft store.
Simply boil your eggs as usual and get to work on amping this year's Easter sparkle! Crafty Kristen also recommends using decorative colored sugars rather than glitter if the microfine glitter project is too messy. (Though we wouldn't recommend eating the sugary dots!)
We absolutely love Not Martha's idea for making Easter surprise eggs -- talk about some serious festive good times!
Much like the ever-amazing Kinder Surprise eggs that you can snap up in Canada, Megan's Easter surprise eggs include a variety of cute candies such as jelly beans, chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds (yum!), and much more. And if you're feeling confident about your sweet surprise skills, be sure to check out Megan's more difficult version of these delicious, fun-filled Easter eggs (boasting an inner coating of chocolate!).
Gingerbread Snowflakes' Pam took her Kool-Aid Easter eggs to a whole new level by crushing up the vibrant shells and using them on other eggs to create beautiful mosaic patterns!
Super-easy and a great project for making colorful Easter eggs, simply crack up your Kool-Aid-dyed Easter eggs, apply some Mod Podge to create a sticky surface and begin adding your bright and beautiful mosaic shell pieces! (As a side note -- you most likely won't want to save these Easter beauties for snacking.)
Mom Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch shares these gorgeous marbled Easter eggs that are meant to resemble traditional Chinese tea eggs. We think they're pretty darn neat!
To get started on your own, simply take your cooled hard-boiled eggs and roll them gently across the kitchen counter, just enough so that the eggs are cracked, yet the shell stays on. Since you're supposed to leave the eggs in dyed water for 5-7 hours, Jayne experimented with doing hers with cool water in the fridge (so that they could also eat them) and it worked like a charm. These would also be a fun idea for making colorful Easter deviled eggs!
Mom AmberLee of Giver's Log shows off this great idea for mailing plastic Easter eggs off to friends and family for an egg-tastic Easter surprise. And, since they weigh under 13 ounces, you can pop them directly into the mail with stamps!
Filling her plastic surprise eggs with candy, mini Mad Libs and card games, stickers, and more, AmberLee hoped that this fun idea would be much like the joy of finding eggs on the annual hunt -- for both kids and adults! Check out her full post for tips on the correct amount of postage.
Mama Jen of Indie Fixx features this gorgeous idea for making striped Easter eggs -- using electrical tape!
Admitting that she first got the idea from DIY doyenne Martha, Jen says this is a quick and easy project that won't have you racing out for special crafting supplies (love!). To get started on your own, simply apply strips of the electrical tape to your egg, dye them, and then reapply the tape in different directions for a cool plaid multicolored effect. Check out Jen's post for the full scoop -- this is one clever project that's sure to impress every Easter bunny!
Hoping to have an eco-friendly egg hunt this Easter? Don't miss out on Big Sis Lil Sis' fun idea for dyeing your eggs with natural colors and spiffing them up with plant prints!
Lil Sis admits that this project took a bit of time to pull off, but that it was more than worth it once she saw how beautiful her eggs turned out. For the natural dye, she used onion skins, fresh cranberries, and purple cabbage, and the plants are a variety of flowers, herbs, and leaves that she found in her yard. Check out the full tutorial to see how she simply used pantyhose to achieve her gorgeous prints -- we love the idea of including a scavenger hunt into your egg-dyeing festivities.
We love this easy idea for making tie-dyed Easter eggs from Buns in My Oven!
Created using 100 percent silk ties, the eggs are wrapped in the silk ties and boiled in vinegar water to gain their beautiful tie-dyed colors. Absolute genius! And if Dad's not too keen with having his silk ties cut up for Easter, consider shopping at a local thrift store for cheap silk ties with vibrant patterns. Fun!
Chalkboard paint has been all the rage in the past couple of years, and we are totally impressed with Claudine Gervais' fun idea for making these cool chalkboard personalized Easter eggs!
To get started on making your own, you'll want to poke a hole in each end of your egg (Claudine used a nail) to blow/suck out the insides. Claudine then threaded dried spaghetti (skewers will also work well) through the eggs for the paint so that the coat would come out evenly. Be sure to check out the full post for more great tips.
Mom Amanda of Crafts by Amanda shows off these gorgeous DIY speckled Easter eggs -- and this is a perfect project for younger tots to get in on the decorating fun.
To make your own, simply mix your food coloring and vinegar, and add your hard boiled eggs as you normally would. Once your eggs have gained their pretty pastel colors, simply flick on some brown craft paint using an old toothbrush. Be sure to check out the rest of this post for six additional Easter egg dyeing ideas!
LollyChops offers up some fantastic tips for making sticker-stenciled Easter eggs -- yet another fun and inexpensive way to make personalized eggs for the big hunt!
To make your own unique stenciled Easter eggs at home, you'll need to have painter's tape, freezer paper, and a decorative hole punch on hand. The options are truly endless with what stencils you can add to your eggs! Once you've got your sticker stencils in place, simply add your eggs to the colorful dye and then wait to peel them off. Easy peasy!