One of the most exciting parts of Easter is getting creative and decorating eggs to your heart's content. Oftentimes though, the usual box dyes from the grocery store limit your imagination and can infringe upon your DIY style. This year, we say buck tradition and test out any of these inspiring decorating ideas.
Dyeing Easter Eggs Without a Kit
This collection of fun (and sometimes funny) options will put a smile on you and your family's face and allows you to roll up your sleeves and really personalize your edible decor. You can transform shells into veritable works of art, using everything from a rainbow assortment of customary vinegar-based dyes to gold leaves to pounds of sparkly glitter.
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Marbled Easter Eggs
For a pretty twist on traditional dye methods, try marbling your Easter eggs! A bit of nail polish in bright spring colors, a container of water, and a toothpick will do the trick.
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Typography Easter Eggs
Channel the cuteness of Valentine's candy hearts for these eggs–dye or paint a base color, then use contact paper snipped into letters to stick on fun messages.
Crafter Beware: the scissor work can get tedious here without a Cricut Machine.
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Watercolor Floral Easter Eggs
Impressionists take heed: this tutorial requires a bit of artistry, but the end result is absolutely dreamy. Use food coloring to paint flowers onto eggs' shells, then enhance with a black permanent marker. Gather a bunch of these together for a fun edible centerpiece at Easter brunch.
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Metallic Gold Foil Easter Eggs
Use gold foil for a modern, fresh take on classic Easter egg dyeing. If you use faux eggs, you can have these as decor for many Easters to come!Continue to 5 of 46 below.
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Emoji Easter Eggs
Give your Easter eggs a bit of personality by adding emoji faces! Get creative and try other emojis too: how cute would the Bunny Eared Girls look painted on a pastel egg? Consider paper mache eggs for this project -- the craft paint and permanent marker aren't too friendly on the taste buds.
Emoji Eggs from Studio DIY
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Indigo Marbled Easter Eggs
Nail polish dripped into cool water gets marbled onto eggs in this tutorial. The final product is reminiscent of shibori–the Japanese indigo dyeing technique.
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Confetti Easter Eggs
An Easter tradition in Mexico, Cascarón, or hollowed-out eggs filled with confetti, make a super special surprise for children. This helpful step-by-step teaches how to hollow your eggs, then dry, paint, and fill. Hide these around the yard for a fun Easter egg hunt!
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Forage for wildflowers and greens to bring the freshness of Spring inside using this Mod Podge tutorial. There's no hand-painting involved here, so crafters of all skill levels can create a beautiful egg (or twelve).
Foliage Eggs from Say YesContinue to 9 of 46 below.
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Fruit Slice Easter Eggs
Easter eggs take inspiration from fresh fruits here, and this tutorial also includes a great suggestion for an edible (but highly pigmented) paint alternative. Decorate a dozen to create your own fun "fruit" basket.
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Pastel dyed shells provide the perfect backdrop for a sweet little bloom in these 3D pieces of edible art. Use hot glue to attach flowers (faux or real) to the egg for a bountiful bouquet of little beauties.
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Swan and Flamingo Eggs
These avian-inspired showstoppers would make excellent decor for your buffet table. Card stock or heavyweight construction paper makes the wings and necks, which are simply glued to the naked egg. Create a whole flock to enhance your Easter celebration.
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Spotted Easter Eggs
Speckle your eggs in black and white, then prop them up in colorful cups for a fun juxtaposition. Use a small paintbrush to create these tiny shell spots with craft paint.Continue to 13 of 46 below.
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Moss Covered Easter Eggs
Use faux moss and a little glue to make designs on hard boiled eggs a la this project. These would look great on a nature-inspired tablescape.
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Galaxy Easter Eggs
Sponge and splatter paint your Easter eggs into cosmic wonders. Again, this tutorial uses acrylic paint, so best to decorate plastic, non-edible eggs if you're attempting these other-worldly galaxy eggs.
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Ice Cream Cone Inspired Eggs
Turn hard boiled eggs into sweet treats with this craft. Real hot fudge, sprinkles, and maraschino cherries top eggs set in ice cream cones. These look super cute set out on the counter, or even better, let guests create their own!
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Carrot Easter Eggs
Adorable felt leaves top painted hard boiled eggs to mimic carrots here. Pair with a stuffed bunny to create a thematic display for your Easter celebration.Continue to 17 of 46 below.
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DIY Photo Easter Eggs
Honor Easter guests with their images Mod Podged onto hard-boiled eggs. This tutorial teaches the clever technique of printing photos directly onto facial tissue taped to printer paper, then trimmed and pasted to each egg. No special tools or papers required!
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DIY Pantone Easter Eggs
For the art enthusiast: mimic Pantone color cards by dipping a portion of each egg into regular egg dye, then apply a color label by printing onto temporary tattoo paper (or use the same facial tissue method from the DIY photo Easter eggs).
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Lace Easter Eggs
Brown paper mache eggs provide a nice contrast for a delicate white lace wrap. This is a great way to utilize those spare lengths of lace and trim gathering dust in your sewing box.
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Similar to the carrot eggs, these veggie-inspired creations use a bit of additional material for their toppers. In this case, trim a bit of construction paper into spiky leaves to top yellow painted hard-boiled eggs.Continue to 21 of 46 below.
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Marry the Easter Bunny with Easter eggs in this craft. This tutorial includes a free printable template for the bunny ears and nose to make it extra friendly for beginners.
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Washi Tape Triangles Easter Eggs
Washi tape, a hurried crafter's best friend, lends a hand by transforming into colorful sprinkles here. Place triangular bits of patterned or pastel tape around your hard-boiled eggs for a quick and easy decoration idea.
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Rhinestone Covered Easter Eggs
Add some glittery sparkle to your Easter decor with rhinestone covered eggs! Hot glue or stick-on gems in fun patterns to mimic a fancy Faberge laden with crystals.
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DIY Graphic Black and White Easter Eggs
Use a permanent marker to draw compelling patterns onto hollowed-out eggshells. Find inspiration in everything from contemporary art to ancient Greek vases.
DIY Graphic Black and White Easter Eggs from Earnest Home CoContinue to 25 of 46 below.
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Neon Dot Easter Eggs
Another great tutorial for beginners: This one utilizes dot stickers in fun colors to create pattern and design. Get creative and use other shapes of stickers, or dye your eggs first for a fun background!
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Kool-Aid Dyed Easter Eggs
Drip-dye your Easter eggs with food safe concentrated Kool-Aid Liquid. This technique is especially Instagram-worthy; as you drip color after color, your eggs become vibrant works of art.
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Bunny Decoupage Easter Eggs
Break out the Mod Podge once again to apply lovely little bunnies to blank hard boiled eggs. The completed look is entirely reminiscent of your favorite childhood storybooks–simple and whimsical.
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Chick Easter Eggs
A wispy little feather tops yellow eggs to create baby chicks that'll add some cuteness to any Easter decor. Finish the chicks' faces with bits of washi tape.Continue to 29 of 46 below.
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DIY Balloon Easter Eggs
Transform Easter eggs into festive balloons! These clever DIYs will add some color to any spread, especially if you're celebrating a family birthday near Easter.
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Tempoary Tattoo Easter Eggs
Repurpose body art into egg art! Regular temporary tattoos can be applied to hard-boiled eggs, quickly and easily, we might add, to reveal a vibrant and detailed image. This is a great one for kids–they'll love the impressive product sans any sort of tricky technique.
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It's the details in this craft that make it so successful–toothpicks become ninja swords, and a bit of ribbon makes the perfect belt. These sneaky little guys are perfect to hide around the yard for a fun hunt!
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Rainbow Heart Easter Eggs
No fancy tools needed here–mask off a simple shape (like a heart) with tape, then dip dye your Easter eggs. Peeling the tape reveals a shape created by the un-tinted negative space, and the entire look is almost too precious to eat (almost).Continue to 33 of 46 below.
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Washi Tape Easter Eggs
Experiment a bit with your Washi collection; try different thicknesses to criss-cross over eggs before dying, decorate already colored eggs, and snip it into fun shapes or polka dots to add interest. This tutorial gives a great starting point for your best Washi tape eggs.
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Dot Outline Easter Eggs
Practice relief drawing with this project. Use an Easter sticker as a guide, then Sharpie-in little dots to form cute shapes.
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DIY Sprinkle Easter Eggs
Put leftover sprinkles to use decorating Easter eggs! Use a little craft glue to adhere sprinkles to each egg, then let dry completely. These end up quite delicate, but they're so pretty it may just be worth it.
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Handwritten Easter Eggs
Grab a permanent marker and scribble a few thematic words, lyrics to a meaningful song, or a seasonal blessing directly onto your eggshells.Continue to 37 of 46 below.
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Colorful Gold Leaf Easter Eggs
Bright, bold colors and gold leaf combine for a striking look. Pro tip: make sure your boiled eggs are room temperature before painting or applying the gold leaf for best staying power.
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Sprayed Gold Easter Eggs
Experiment with spray paint and faux eggs (non-plastic if you're using spray paint). Metallic gold looks especially chic when applied to the entire egg.
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DIY Glitter Polka Dot Easter Eggs
This project could not be easier thanks to sticky glue dots. Pop the glue stickers onto your eggs, then dip into fine glitter to achieve a sparkly polka-dotted shell!
DIY Glitter Polka Dot Easter Eggs from A Pumpkin and a Princess
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Blue Speckled Easter Eggs
Mimic iconic robin's egg by dying or painting your eggs a pretty light blue, then add gold speckles using a metallic permanent marker.
Blue Speckled Easter Eggs from Carolyn's Home WorkContinue to 41 of 46 below.
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DIY Calligraphy Easter Eggs
Transfer beautifully designed seasonal messages onto Easter eggs using temporary tattoo paper. This tutorial includes a template of phrases for your crafting ease.
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Baker's Twine Wrapped Easter Eggs
Add texture to your annual eggs by wrapping them in Baker's Twine. A basketful of these, especially in multiple sizes, make an interesting centerpiece.
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Translucent Epsom Salt Easter Eggs
Chalk-tinted Epsom salt looks like delicate pastel glitter, and it adds great sparkle when applied to plastic Easter eggs.
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Confetti Dipped Easter Eggs
Give your Easter eggs a bit of three-dimensional shine with golden confetti. Brush on patches of glue, then roll them into the confetti bits for party-ready eggs.Continue to 45 of 46 below.
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Break out your paint brushes and swipe watercolor patterns over your eggshells. Think chevron, stripes, and polka dots!
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Ombre Easter Eggs
Use spray paint to achieve a trendy ombre finish on hollowed-out or wooden Easter eggs.
Ombre Eggs from Ash Bee Design