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30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggs

Looking for ideas on how to decorate Easter eggs? We’ve got dozens of eggs-cellent ideas for every skill level.

By Mandy Milks and Stephanie Hung

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggs

Photo: Erik Putz

Prep your eggs

You want your beautiful egg creations to last forever (and not smell stinky), so it’s best if you blow out all the eggy insides (aka the yolk and the white). Step 1 is to clean your eggs—wash them in a solution of 1 cup vinegar and 2 tbsp baking soda. Once they’re clean and dry, you’re ready to blow them out. Watch here to see the easiest way to blow out eggs. 

Five Easter eggs decorated in fun waysPhoto: Erik Putz

Sunny side up

An egg on an egg? Super meta! Draw on the egg white with a paint marker for less mess. Let it dry and stick on a yellow foam sticker for the yolk (you can find this at the dollar store). Draw on a face with black pen.

Brown easter egg with a painted on fried egg with a face on the shellPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Gold crackle

Cut gold washi tape into triangle shapes (can be imperfect and freehand) arrange on the egg in a random pattern leaving space between pieces to create a crackle effect. 

Easter egg with strips of gold washi tape to look crackledPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Puff paint

This paint (which you can find at your local craft store) comes in a container with a pointed tip, making it easy and mess-free to apply. Squeeze a dab right onto your egg. We found a dot pattern works best. 

Easter egg with puffy paintPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Label stickers

Those dot stickers from the office supply store are great for isntant polka-dotted eggs. You can give your egg a coat of glue if they start to peel off.

Easter egg with dotsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Washi tape

Great for little kids, just wrap colourful washi tape around the egg. Tip: Don’t skip the vinegar and baking soda wash, this will help the tape stick better. If you notice the tape peeling off, go over it with Mod Podge or white school glue.

Egg with strips of colourful washi tape stuck onPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Colour block

Dye your egg a base colour (you can use the dye you get from the boxed Easter egg kits or food colouring) and let dry. Then dip your egg in a second colour. For a more saturated colour, allow it to fully dry between dips.

 
 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Mini galaxy

Paint your egg black. Then sponge paint layers of blue, purple and pink. Allow layers to dry in between and go easy on the paint (less is more). Finish by splattering white paint on the surface—a stiff paint brush or toothbrush will do the job. Make sure to cover all your surfaces or you’ll be in for a big mess.

Watch these intergalactic eggs being made

 
 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Food colouring

In a small bowl of water, add 1 tsp of white vinegar and a few drops of food colouring. Use a spoon to completely submerge your egg until it reaches the desired shade. Pat it dry with paper towel.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Tinfoil tie-dye

Place a coffee filter on a sheet of tinfoil. Add drops of food colouring or a splatter of paint to the coffee filter. Place your egg on top and wrap it all up in the tinfoil. Leave it for 10-30 minutes, unwrap and allow to dry. Ta-da, you have an awesome Easter egg with NO MESS involved! #winning

Watch how to make these eggs here

 
 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Image transfer

Print out a small photo on regular printer paper. Cut it out and coat the front with Mod podge. Adhere to egg and let dry. Wet the egg and carefully rub off the back of the paper. Polish with olive oil. If royalty’s not your thing, use a snap of your kid, or maybe your favourite celebrity as the image.

Watch how to make image-transfer Easter eggs

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Nail polish

Dye your egg to your desired shade (use a boxed kit or food colouring). Use orange nail polish to paint on spots. Allow to dry. Using black polish, paint incomplete outlines around the edges of the spots.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Faux Splatter

In a paper cup, throw in 10 to 15 tiny tinfoil balls. Squirt in some paint (you can use one or multiple colours). Place your egg inside the cup and cover top with tinfoil. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! Empty out the contents and allow egg to dry. It’s basically magic. See how easy it is to make these splatter eggs.  

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Rubber bands

Wrap your egg with several elastic bands. Dye your egg to your desired shade (used a boxed kit or food colouring). Allow it to dry completely before removing the rubber bands. If you are blowing out the egg, do so after you take off the elastic bands.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Yellow chick

Paint or dye your egg yellow. Draw on a face and feet using permanent markers. Hot glue on some tail feathers.

 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Brush strokes

Make a big impact by painting simple brush strokes on your egg. Layer paint strokes on for a cool effect. 

 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Tissue paper

Brush Mod podge onto your egg and then stick on confetti in a fun pattern. Finish with a sealing coat of Mod podge.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Cloudy day

Dye your egg blue and paint on cute fluffy clouds. Hello, spring!

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Ombre + texture

Wrap an egg in a fishnet stocking or lace fabric. Sponge paint the bottom of the egg. But go easy on the paint, it’s more of a dry brush. Let dry and remove fabric. Now your egg looks almost reptilian!

 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Glitter

Brush an even layer of white glue onto your egg. Roll the egg in glitter until it is completely coated and has a sparkly sheen. Tip: For an even finish, first dye your egg the same colour as the glitter.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggs

Oodles of doodles

Dye your egg to your desired shade (you can used boxed dye or food colouring). Draw designs and festive scribbles on the egg using permanent markers in different colours.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Marbling

Dye your egg to your desired shade (use a boxed kit or food colouring). In a shallow bowl of water, add 1 tsp of white vinegar and enough food colouring to create a darker shade than your first dye (15 to 20 drops). Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and stir with a fork to create swirls and drops. Roll the egg in the dye until you see marbling. Pat dry with paper towel.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Cool threads

After blowing out the egg, drop a pin into the hole with a thread tied to it. Brush white glue around the edge of the hole, then coil the thread carefully around it. Continue adding glue and wrapping the thread until the egg is covered.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Pysanky (if you’re up for a challenge)

Dye your egg to your desired shade (use a boxed kit or food colouring). In a shallow bowl of water, add 1 tsp of white vinegar and enough food colouring to create a darker shade than your first dye (15 to 20 drops). Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and stir with a fork to create swirls and drops. Roll the egg in the dye until you see marbling. Pat dry with paper towel.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Fancy feather

Dye or paint your egg and then decoupage on a tiny feather using glue and a small brush. Finish by sealing with a coat of glue or Mod podge.

 
 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Punchy pompoms

Just glue pompoms all over your egg. Hot glue works the best, but white glue works too if you’ve got little crafters. 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Fabric scraps

Remember the ’80s? OK, maybe your mom does. Cut-up a cute fabric print into little squares. Decoupage onto the egg with glue and seal with a final coat.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Rubber stamp

Dye your egg to your desired shade (use a boxed kit or food colouring). Use rubber stamps and an ink pad to very gently stamp an image onto the egg. Tip: Use a fineliner pen to fill in any spots you may have missed.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Graphic marker

Draw on bold designs using a black permanent marker. Go ahead, design a whole collection! 

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Erik Putz

Paper

Dye your egg to your desired shade (use a boxed kit or food colouring). Cut ears out of crepe paper, and glue to the egg. Draw on eyes, nose and mouth with a marker. Add thread whiskers with glue.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

Stickers

Dye your egg to your desired shade (use a boxed kit or food colouring). Add a decorative sticker to the centre of the egg or a number of stickers in a fun pattern.

30 fun ways to decorate Easter eggsPhoto: Tony Lanz

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