Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.
13 Creative Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs
The tradition of decorating eggs for Easter celebrations has survived for centuries. Eggs have long been a symbol of new life, fertility, and hope. Ancient pagan worshipers attributed the warm, welcome weather and bountiful nature of spring to Eostre, a goddess associated with the season. They decorated eggs to please her so that she would be sure to return the next year.
Today, we dye eggs for the Easter Bunny to sneak in and hide. Easter eggs in pastel colors are pretty, but it’s fun to find new and creative ways to bling out your Easter eggs. Here are some general boiling and dyeing tips plus a baker's dozen creative ways to decorate your boiled eggs.
How to Boil Eggs for Dyeing
- Bring eggs to room temperature
- Cover eggs with adequate water (at least two inches over eggs)
- Start with cold water and a tablespoon of white vinegar
- Bring to a boil slowly
- After boiling intensively, turn off heat
- Let sit 12 minutes
- Remove eggs and place in cold water
- Cool for 10 minutes
- An ice cream scoop makes an "eggcellent" dipper.
- Vibrant red, pink, blue, yellow, and green colors can be achieved with food coloring.
- Add one cup boiling water to 6–8 drops of the food dye.
- Add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.
- For orange and purple shades, it is best to use egg dye tablets.
- Natural dyes can be made with onion peels, blueberries, and cranberries.
1. Tie-Dyed Egg
Everyone loves the tie-dyed look. Use rubber bands just like you would on a tie-dyed t-shirt!
- Pick two colors—one dark and one light—like purple and yellow.
- Wrap the egg with rubber bands.
- Dye egg in the dark color first.
- Let it dry and then dip in a lighter color just long enough to get a light color.
- Let it dry and then snip away the rubber bands.
2. The Proverbial Golden Egg
Gold paint and iridescent glitter make a fun egg. Use it for the grand prize in an egg hunt!
- Use an un-dyed hard-boiled egg.
- Spray with gold spray paint and let dry.
- Brush on a solution of white glue and water.
- Sprinkle with iridescent glitter.
3. Baubles and Ribbons Egg
A pretty ribbon and some stick-on jewels give this egg plenty of bling.
- Choose a color and complimentary ribbon.
- Dye the egg a pastel shade.
- Dry. Add ribbon around the middle with a little hot glue.
- The jewels are stick-ons from the craft store.
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4. Egg With Appliqué
All it takes is a pretty sew-on appliqué and a dyed egg to create this pretty pastel egg.
- Look for sew-on appliqués in the sewing department
- Dye egg a color to compliment the appliqué.
- Attach with clear-drying glue when the egg is dry.
5. Crayon Resist Egg
The egg dye doesn’t adhere to the waxy crayon, which and creates an interesting effect.
- Before dying, draw flower, bird or another object on a hard-boiled egg with crayons.
- Dip in the desired color of the dye.
6. Mosaic Egg
Bits of brightly colored tissue, Mod Podge, and a small brush give this egg a stained-glass look.
- Cut out tissue shapes.
- Brush on with a brush dipped in the Mod Podge.
- Fill in small spaces with small shapes to avoid too much over-lapping.
7. Bejeweled Egg
Add some Hollywood bling with tiny stick-on “jewels.”
- Use a vivid, deeply-colored egg
- Attach tiny rhinestones stick-ons (from craft or sewing store).
8. Easter Chick Egg
Kids will get a kick out of the Easter egg chick.
- Use a soft yellow for the Easter chick egg.
- Cut feet from orange craft foam.
- Cut a triangle for the beak from orange paper.
- Make three orange tissue paper balls (wad them up) for the cockscomb(top of head).
- Attach feet, beak, cockscomb, and googly eggs with a hot glue gun.
- Draw on eyelashes with a black Sharpie.
9. Marbled Egg
The marbled egg is so easy, and the effect is stunning.
- Dye hard-boiled egg a light color.
- Add a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil in a darker color of dye.
- Put the dye with oil in it in a shallow pan.
- Roll the egg around to get the desired amount of marbling.
10. Natural Dye Egg
Onion peels steeped in boiling water and vinegar dye this egg. Put it on a sustainable nest. Wouldn’t a whole basket of these make a lovely centerpiece?
- Boil water. Add onion peels and 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- Steep for 20 minutes.
- Add a boiled, uncolored egg. (It takes a little longer to color than with other dyes.)
- Attach a little “nest” of Spanish moss or some other sustainable material with a hot glue gun.
- Rub the egg with a bit of olive oil.
Use an old hobby to get a new look.
- Find a picture of small flowers in a magazine.
- Decide on a good egg color for its background.
- Cut out the flowers and apply with Mod Podge using a small brush.
12. Two-Tone Egg
A bi-colored egg is created by covering one side with masking tape. The dye ran under the masking tape during the second dip. Not to worry. It created a neat marbled effect
13. Polka Dot Egg
How to make a polka-dotted egg? Think sponge painting. Use the tip of a new pencil eraser and acrylic paint. The acrylic dries quickly, so you don’t have to lay the egg down and smear the spots before you are finished painting on the polka dots!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 03, 2020:
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 02, 2020:
These are so wonderful. Loved each of them. Very creative. All of them look so good, that it’s difficult to choose which one is the best.
Thanks for sharing.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 02, 2020:
Thanks, FlourishAnyway. I like that one too!
FlourishAnyway from USA on April 01, 2020:
What fabulous creativity you display here. My favorite is the golden egg but they are all pretty wonderful!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 31, 2020:
Thanks, Linda. Happy spring and Easter!
Linda Chechar from Arizona on March 31, 2020:
I really like these beautiful Easter eggs. I love the fancy blings!
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 31, 2020:
You have presented a nice variety of them. Thanks