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Easter Egg-Decorating Ideas

To make Easter egg decorations that you can re-use year after year, get creative with craft supplies.

Use wood, paper, or Styrofoam eggs from a craft store; or blow the insides out of raw eggs, let them dry, and decorate their shells.

Egg Artistry

Beautiful Easter eggs can be created by egg artists of all ages and skill levels using supplies found at your local craft store: glue guns, ribbon, sequins, beads, glitter and special coloring gels. See our "Egg Gallery" below for inspiration and how-tos. 

    Disco Egg

    Dye and dry a blown egg. Dilute craft glue with an equal amount of water and paint on egg. Roll in superfine glitter and let dry.

      Chick Egg

      Broken eggshell? Don't throw it away: dye the entire shell. With a hot glue gun, affix fuzzy chick figurine inside.

        Word Egg

        Die-cut stickers come in many different word themes. Mix and match words and themes to cover a plain egg.

          Space Egg

          Wipe egg with vegetable oil and dye in two colors (see marbleized egg instructions under "Special Effects" in our Dyeing Easter Eggs article). Dry egg and brush with gold luster dust. Adorn with stars and space décor novelties.

            Bedazzled Egg

            Beads aren't just for clothes anymore! Dye egg in a bright color; glue faceted bedazzle beads in rows on half of the egg.

              Bumpy Egg

              Using a hot glue gun, place glue dots all over egg. Let dry, then dye.

                Flower Vase Egg

                Use a blown egg; dye desired shade. Gently expand opening at the top of the egg; glue a small flat rock to the bottom as a base. Hide glue seam with ribbon or beaded chain. Use hot glue to affix silk flower into eggshell--flower should just peeking out the top of the egg.

                  Charm Egg

                  Dye egg desired shade; glue ribbon around its middle. Insert small tag or charm in blow hole and affix with hot glue gun. (The charm in this egg says, "Thank You!")

                    Royal Egg

                    Dye egg. With glue gun, attach large and small necklace fasteners to add a royal touch.

                      Flower Power Egg

                      Dye egg. Use glue gun to attach flower sequins in a matching color (red on red, blue on blue).

                        Dot Egg

                        As simple as it gets: pick your dot color and place tiny dot stickers on a white or dyed egg.

                          Jan. 17, 2010 10:00 am
                          I like this, a few years ago I got the idea to blowout and clean about a dozen eggs and do them up for Christmas for my Mother. She loved them. She passed away and I got her tree and all her ordiaments that she had. Last year I painted a few, but I think this year I think I will do them up real nice and make a Easter Tree for Mom. Vickey.
                          Mar. 10, 2010 11:35 am
                          Mar. 15, 2010 11:45 am
                          My kids and I did this one year, and some of the eggs were really treasures, which I still have. This can be a truly beautiful art form.
                          Mar. 22, 2010 10:16 pm
                          when i was a kid i went to a friends house to dye eggs. they were done in a large bowl and the color was swirled around and when they were pulled out they looked kind-of swirled or tie died. i've been looing for the way to do this for years. if any one knows how to do this please post it.
                          Mar. 24, 2010 5:33 am
                          My Danish/German-American grandmom used to color eggs for our egg hunt by putting onion skins in the pot when she hard-boiled the eggs. They made a nice swirly orangey color. And she'd hide them in the furrows of the corn field! It was quite a challenge.
                          Mar. 24, 2010 6:52 pm
                          We used to wrap raw eggs in onion skins and then in cheesecloth that was secured with rubber bands. The eggs were then boiled for 5-10 minutes (the longer they boil the more intense the colours)until hard boiled. The eggs came out in beautiful shades or yellow, orange and brown with a marbelized effect.
                          Mickelina Letourneau 
                          Mar. 25, 2010 12:49 pm
                          lovely but do you have fabriche eggs
                          Mar. 30, 2010 9:27 am
                          kellyh... I think to make the tie dye looking eggs you just add a little oil to the dye!! That is how we get the swirl/tie dye look!!!GOOD LUCK ;)
                          Mar. 31, 2010 11:48 am
                          We used to do these when I was little. It's so easy. Just take a paper towel, put around the egg and twist. You will want to put an empty bowl underneath the egg to catch dye drippings. Then simply take spoonfuls of several different colors of dye and poor then over the egg. Be sure and saturate the paper towel. Carefully remove the paper towel and you will have a beautiful tye dyed egg with very little mess or fuss!! Kids love these.
                          Mar. 31, 2010 11:49 am
                          With my suggestion you don't need to add any oil. Just the regular dye.
                          Mar. 31, 2010 5:59 pm
                          I glued SEEDS like poppy seeds, coriander, fennel, even paprika to mine. Turned out GREAT - very earthy and natual. Take a look: www.lifeologia.com
                          Apr. 2, 2010 12:08 pm
                          If you take a hot glue gun and put designs on the eggs and then dye them the glued areas will stay white making the eggs look pretty cool.
                          Apr. 1, 2011 10:56 am
                          I use blown eggs and give them several coats of nail polish. Lots of fun colors out there. Hold them up with a wood skewer to get all sides. - lifeologia- use blown eggs and flower seeds, draw the flower on it and add a ribbon and you can give as gifts to plant.
                          Apr. 6, 2011 10:13 am
                          we have done this for 3 years now. Super idea. whatever print is on the tie or whatever silk you use, comes out perfectly on the egg. So simple. I'n not very crafty and I did this perfectly along with my 8 yr old.
                          Apr. 8, 2011 11:16 pm
                          you can draw on the hard boiled eggs with crayons and then dye, leaving the design apparent.
                          Apr. 15, 2011 10:11 pm
                          We used to do these when I was little. It's so easy. Just take a paper towel, put around the egg and twist. You will want to put an empty bowl underneath the egg to catch dye drippings. Then simply take spoonfuls of several different colors of dye and poor then over the egg. Be sure and saturate the paper towel. Carefully remove the paper towel and you will have a beautiful tye dyed egg with very little mess or fuss!! Kids love these. No oil needed.
                          Apr. 16, 2011 5:48 am
                          In the 70s we use dour crayola crayons and coloured shapes, pictures etc on the eggs before dying them. The dye couldn't penetrate the waxy crayon areas. My kids crayolas aren't as waxy as mine were but if you find a set that are it maybe worth trying out. Easy for little fingers, just don't press too hard on eggs!
                          Apr. 20, 2011 7:57 am
                          This wouldn't be for tiny hands because you start with hot eggs and put your design on with a clear candle or white crayon. After they cool, the kids can dye them and the design will pop out. You can add more layers on cool eggs, but the wax does not adhere as tightly. Still is fun and pretty designs can be made that way. I saw a few days ago that WalMart has kits out now for tie-dyed eggs.
                          Shannon H 
                          Apr. 20, 2011 10:34 am
                          I looooove the idea for the flower coming out of the egg. Its gorgeous!! If you're interested in more egg ideas you should check out these egg decor tricks!t
                          Apr. 21, 2011 9:40 am
                          My kids and I have been doing this kind of decorating and egg blowing for years. Every year we would put on the egg the name of child with the year. I have kept them in egg cartons since we started and they come out every easter displayed in baskets all over the house. We have eggs dated as far back as 1979 when my youngest was only four years old. I love the memories as do my kids, we have great fun looking at all the different decorating ideas that we used. Now they are doing the same with their children.
                          Apr. 22, 2011 5:33 pm
                          When I was little my dad would always make a huge deal of Easter egg coloring. He still does so with my teen aged kids. I was thinking bout the crayon and we did that as well. If I didn't have white my dad shaved a few wax pieces from paraffin wax. Being clear and wax it worked out much better then reg crayons. Don't forget to make your Easter bonnet from baskets to use as center piece. Happy Easter to everyone.
                          Apr. 22, 2011 5:39 pm
                          PS tip. Easyest way to blow out eggs with out jaw pain... use one of those baby nose sucker bulbs. Make your holes in egg larger hole on bottom and use nose bulb on top hole to "blow" egg out bottom. Remember to use eggs for breads, cakes, cookies, or anything to use them up. A good Easter breakfast casserole would be my choice.
                          Mar. 18, 2013 8:03 am
                          My children and I sometimes wrap rubber bands around our eggs, then dye them to make a striped effect.
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