11 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Dye
Tis’ the season of pastel colors, bunny candies, rainbows of jelly beans, springtime rebirth, and rejuvenation. It’s a celebration after the darkness of Lenten deprivation. We eat lamb and coconut cake, dress up for church in white patent leather and big hats, and assemble Easterbaskets. Of course, occasionally sneaking marshmallow Peeps while no one is watching.
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The Easter Bunny arrives overnight, leaving delicious treats, fun trinkets, and Cadbury eggs. Kids spend Easter Sunday on a perpetual sugar high, hunting for those neon-colored eggs hidden by moms and dads, picking plastic grass out of their hair and eating as many springtime candies as possible.
And to top it off, we decorate Easter eggs. Even before Christians adopted the Pagan symbol, eggs were associated with all things springtime, like fertility and rebirth. To Christians, eggs represent the resurrection of Jesus, a reminder that he rose from the grave. Decorating the eggs for Eastertide has been a tradition for centuries as well.
Despite the symbolism being uplifting, the dyeing of eggs can be another story. Remember the tedious task of dyeing those boiled eggs and that vinegary smell as the PAAS color tablets sizzle and dissolve, or the mishmash of vessels that hold the little pools of colored liquid and the hours of scrubbing the dye off fingertips and countertops? Those are days some of us would rather forget.
Now, there are myriad kits for dyeing eggs, including tie-dye tips and moustaches. Sometimes you want to just skip the mess of dyeing the eggs altogether and get straight to the decorating. There are many creative DIY ways to make decorating Easter eggs your own, from using chalkboard paint and chalk to temporary tattoos or yarn to give the shells a festive flourish.
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DIY No Dye Easter Eggs
1. Mix the sugars together in a large bowl
2. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl, mix until slightly foamy if you want to color the large sugar egg, add some food coloring to the egg white before mixing it with the sugar
3. Use the spatula or your hands to mix everything together
4. It should feel like wet sand and be able to hold its shape when squeezed if it still isn't packing well, you can add a little bit of water to the mix
5. Pour the sugar into the mold and use your hand to press the sugar into the hold until it is packed firmly
6. Place the baking sheet covered with parchment paper over the egg and flip it over so that the egg shape in on the baking sheet without the mold
7. Allow the egg to set up for a few hours
8. Scoop out some of the front of the egg only one side
9. Let set overnight to harden completely the timing will vary based on how large your egg is you can also place this in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 15 minutes to expedite the process
10. Once the egg is hardened completely, mix up the royal icing and use it as the glue to attach the two egg shapes together
11. Use the royal icing to decorate the egg
12. Add additional candy or Easter decorations.
Directions for Silk Tie Dyed Eggs
1. Deconstruct tie by removing lining, leaving just the silk.
2. Cut a piece big enough to wrap around egg and wrap around egg making sure the print side is against egg.
3. Tie in place
4. Cut a piece of white cloth big enough to wrap around egg, wrap over silk and tie in place.
5. Repeat above steps for additional eggs.
6. Once eggs are wrapped, place them in a pot and cover with water. Add ¼ c of vinegar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 20 mins.
7. After 20 mins, remove from water with tongs and let cool
8. Last but not least, remove material from egg and enjoy all the beautiful designs!
Do you dye eggs with your children for Easter? When Olivia and Michael were younger we used to go to my parent's house every year on Good Friday and spend some time dying eggs and of course stuffing plastic eggs for their baskets.
As the kids got older, we did the dying of eggs mostly at our house even last year we took some time to decorate eggs.
However you decide to decorate your Easter Eggs, just remember to have fun! You're creating wonderful memories with your children!
Decorate Easter Eggs with Painted Easter Egg Designs
Paint is a fun and easy way to decorate Easter eggs. Here are some of my favorite painted Easter egg designs.
Sponge Painted Easter Eggs
Use acrylic paint to paint eggs a solid color. Then use a sponge to add a complementary color on top for some depth and contrast. Metallic or pearlized paints make really pretty eggs.
Paint Splatter Easter Egg Designs
Paint splatter eggs are very easy to make, but they are a mess. Make sure you cover the area with newspaper to catch the overspray.
Put a small amount of acrylic paint on a tray or plate. Dip a toothbrush into the paint. Then hold the paintbrush over the egg at a downward angle with the bristles over the egg. Run the fingers of your other hand over the bristles, pulling them back so they throw paint on the egg.
Let dry and repeat on the other side of the egg. You can mix two or more colors for a fun design.
Galaxy Easter Eggs
Paint your egg with acrylic paint. Use black for the background, then spong on blue and purple. Finally, splatter on white to make starts.
Polka Dot Eggs
This is another easy way to decorate Easter eggs without dye. Use a marker or paint to add polka dots all over the eggs. To make different sized dots with paint, dip the handle end of a paint brush into the paint and use that to dab a dot of paint on the egg.
Graphic Easter Egg Designs
If you’ve got a steady hand and some artistic ability, use markers or acrylic paint to make designs on your eggs.
You can make simple flowers, stripes, or polka dots. Be creative!
Make the perfect dyed Greek Easter eggs – Tips
As Greek Easter eggs are not made for celebrating purposes only, here are some tips to make sure that your Greek Easter eggs in addition to vibrant and colourful are also perfectly cooked.
When boiling the eggs make sure that they are at room temperature leave them out of the fridge for 3 hours before start preparing this Greek Easter eggs recipe. Boil the eggs starting with cold water. If you try placing the cold eggs in already boiling water, the shells are more than likely to crack immediately, due to the difference in temperature. Fresh eggs are less likely to crack, but will be more difficult to peel. Add pinch of salt in the water this will help prevent your eggs from cracking while boiling and make them easier to peel.
After adding the water, the fresh eggs sink in the bottom of the pot. Get rid of the eggs that float on top, as you don’t want your Greek Easter eggs to have gone off.
Stir gently a little bit the eggs, while the water is coming to a boil. This will help centre the yolks (but be careful not to crack the shells). As soon as the eggs are boiled, place them under running cold water to stop the cooking process and help prevent the yolk from forming a less than attractive green crust around them.
For your Greek Easter eggs to have a vibrant colour, don’t forget to add the vinegar, or else your ‘red’ Greek Easter eggs will become pink and pale. Give a little shine on your dyed Greek Easter eggs by wiping them with a paper towel with olive oil.
Prepare Your Eggs for Coloring
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs is so much easier when your eggs are prepared properly for coloring. There are three ways that you can prepare eggs for painting or dyeing:
How to choose a method? A decorated fresh egg will not last long and will create a mess if broken, a hard boiled egg lasts longer, but a blown egg that's decorated will last for years.
That said, a hard boiled egg is much less fragile and easier for young kids to handle.
How to Hard Boil Eggs for Decorating
Prepare Hard Boil Eggs for Decorating
Refrigerate your decorated eggs within 2 hours after they have been hard boiled. DO NOT EAT eggs that have been left out at room temperature for over 2 hours! Be safe!
If prefer your kids to use hard boiled eggs when learning how to decorate Easter eggs, then you'll need to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Allow at least 90 minutes to boil and prepare the eggs.
Be careful not to cook your eggs by placing them in already boiling water. The temperature difference makes it almost certain that the shells will crack. Instead, place the desired number of eggs (and several extras) into cold or lukewarm water and put the pot on the stove. The water should just cover the eggs.
Adding a teaspoon of white vinegar to the water will allow the coloring to soak into the shell better, covering them more evenly and thoroughly, making the natural colors brighter.
As the water heats, the inside of the egg heats gradually, hardening the contents. Edible eggs can be done in as little as five minutes.
However, eggs meant for decorating should be given a few minutes extra, making them extra firm so they'll stand up well to handling. Don't overcook them since that can also lead to their shells cracking.
Once the eggs are boiled, turn off the heat and allow the pot to cool gradually until both the water and eggs are at room temperature. This may take around 20 minutes.
Now, remove the eggs carefully from the pot and place them gently into a bowl. Place the bowl into the refrigerator and let them cool and harden further for at least an 45 minutes.
Then, remove the bowl from the refrigerator and let the eggs sit for about 10 minutes to reach room temperature again. Now they're ready for decorating.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs is made easier when the eggs are properly prepared.
How to Blow an Egg for Decorating
Blowing an egg to empty its contents without breaking the delicate shells is not the easiest of tasks, but it is fun, and it does get easier with a bit of practice. It's consistent with learning how to decorate Easter eggs the old fashioned way.
To prepare for egg blowing, poke a small hole on one end of the egg and a slightly larger hole on the other end with a needle. Then, while holding the egg over a bowl, blow through the small hole, so that the contents can run out of the larger one.
Before starting to blow, pierce the yolk with the needle to help things along and expect to blow harder to get the flow started. It's similar to blowing up a balloon.
You could end up with lots of mixed yolk and egg white depending on how many eggs you plan to decorate, so plan ahead to use the contents of the eggs to bake an Easter cake or Easter cookies or omelets or whatever else you would like to make.
Once you've removed the contents of the eggs from the shells, gently rinse the shells thoroughly with clean water in preparation for Easter egg coloring.
When the egg blowing is done and the shells have dried, have your children sit down to color and decorate the empty egg shells for Easter.
How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Food Coloring
Young Girl Coloring Easter Eggs Usng Food Dyes
For shiny Easter eggs, rub them lightly with vegetable oil once the dye is dry.
Making eggs a solid color with food coloring is easy and inexpensive. To prepare the coloring, just add about 25 drops of food coloring to 1/2 cup warm water, or enough water to cover the egg when placed in the cup.
Place the egg into a the cup with the coloring and let it sit for a few minutes until it reaches the desired shade. Remove and allow to dry on a paper towel.
If you set the colored eggs on a cloth or tea towel to dry, don't expect to get it clean again in the washing machine because of the coloring, so use a paper towel instead.
To make two-tone eggs, dip one end into one cup for a few minutes. Allow to dry, then dip the other end into a cup containing the second color.
A three-tone egg can be had by simply dipping the ends in different colors leaving the middle of the egg white.
Use wax crayons to write a name on the egg and then color as usual. After the coloring has dried, the crayon can be carefully wiped off if the eggs are warmed slightly in the oven leaving the name visible.
Using colorful stickers, rubber bands, or small bits of masking tape, you can mask off and apply several colors to a single egg. But, it can get tricky when you try to do more than three colors. Beyond that, hand painting with watercolors might be the way to go.
One way to produce eggs with a unique marble effect is to mix a tiny bit of vegetable oil into the coloring. Then, the food dye sticks in a marbleized pattern to make outstanding looking Easter eggs.
How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Watercolors
Coloring Easter Eggs with Water Colors
NEVER EAT EGGS once they have been colored with a watercolor paint, as the non-edible paint will absorb into the egg itself.
Easter egg painting with watercolor paint is one creative way to color the eggs with any design you want.
The watercolor paints will soak into the shell well, and it may take several coats to get an even appearance, if that's desired. Use a fine watercolor brush or pens for convenience.
How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Natural Dye
Spinach and Beets Make Natural Dyes for Coloring Easter Eggs
Mom taught me how to decorate Easter eggs the old fashioned way by using natural food dyes. These natural Easter egg dye recipes are 100% safe, all-natural, non allergenic, inexpensive, and they really do work.
Plus, it's fun and educational too. Your kids will discover that different fruits and vegetables produce different colors. The variety of pastel and vibrant colors will amaze.
What's more, you can safely eat naturally dyed eggs that have been hard boiled and properly refrigerated! Some natural dye liquids might take an hour or more to color the hard-boiled eggs, so allow the coloring process to take place INSIDE the refrigerator should you wish to eat the eggs later.
An hour of waiting to see the results will seem a long time to a child. Another benefit to learning how to decorate Easter eggs is it helps to develop patience.
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs in Pastel Colors
Coloring Eggs with Vegetable and Fruit Dye
The following vegetables and fruits may be used for this natural Easter egg dye recipe:
- Red Cabbage
Add the chosen chopped vegetable or fruit to 3/4 cup water in a pot with 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar, bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the water turns a pleasing color. Each vegetable and fruit has its distinctive color.
Remove from the heat, let cool, and then strain the colored water into a cup. Place a hard-boiled egg into the cup and let it sit in the colored liquid until it reaches the desired shade, this may take up to an hour and is best done in the refrigerator when the egg is to be eaten later.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs naturally takes time, but the beautiful results more than make up for the time you spend waiting.
Coloring Eggs with Spice Dye
The following spices may be used for this natural Easter egg dye recipe:
Pour 2 cups warm water in a small glass bowl, add and 2 teaspoons white vinegar, then stir in 3 tablespoons of the chosen spice.
Place a hard-boiled egg into the bowl and let it sit until it reaches the desired shade.
Coloring Eggs with Tea
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 3 tea bags in a small pot and allow to steep for about 15 minutes. Pour the liquid into a small bowl, add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and let cool.
Let a hard-boiled egg sit in the tea-colored liquid until it reaches the desired shade of color, this may take up to an hour. Different teas will produce different shades of color.
Coloring Eggs with Coffee
Prepare 1 cup of strong coffee, add 2 teaspoons white vinegar and let cool. Let a hard-boiled egg sit in the coffee liquid until it reaches the desired shade of color, this may take up to an hour.
Coloring Eggs with Onion Skins
Colorful Onion Skin Dyed Easter Egg
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs the old fashioned way by using an onion skin is something everyone should try. Prepare to be amazed at the beautiful results you'll achieve!
Remove the red or yellow-brown outer skin from an onion and wrap it around a RAW egg securing it by wrapping with twine, string, or thread.
Gently hard boil the egg WITHOUT vinegar and afterwards remove the onion skin to reveal a golden-toned, multicolored egg as pictured above.
Note: Red cabbage leaves can be used in the same manner as onion skins to produce a distinctive shade of color.
Coloring Eggs with Leaves and Flowers
Coloring Eggs for Easter Using Leaves and Flowers
Enjoy an outdoor walk with your family and collect leaves and flowers that are small enough to lay on the surface of an egg.
Then, cut some old pantyhose into 5-inch strips. Dip the hard boiled egg in water to dampen it, then carefully position a leaf or flower on its surface. Several leaves or flowers can be arranged in a pattern if desired.
Place the egg on a piece of old pantyhose and pull the material tightly while keeping everything in place, then secure it with a piece of string.
Now, you can naturally color the egg using dyes prepared from vegetables and fruits, using the natural Easter egg dye recipes.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs naturally often produces results that are unique and exquisitely detailed.
Store-Bought Easter Egg Decorating Kits
Coloring Easter Eggs with Food Dyes
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Easter egg dye kits can offer a convenient way to decorate your eggs. Most kits for children contain a simple wire egg holder, multiple dye colors, stencils, adhesive stickers, and other decorating aids.
Instructions on how to decorate Easter eggs are often in the kit. You can find kits available for sale at most local stores around Easter time.
Although commercial egg decorating kits started to become popular when I was a child back in the 1950s, I had MORE FUN learning how to decorate Easter eggs by experimenting with the old fashioned methods of using onion skins and natural colors made with the homemade Easter egg dye recipes.
If your kids enjoy experimenting, and most do, then you'll find that they'll love the old fashioned methods too. It seemed almost magical when such unique colors were produced from ordinary foods found in the kitchen.
Let their creativity run wild. You'll find that there is far more joy in decorating Easter eggs Grandma's way than in purchasing ready-made Easter egg kits and decorations at the local craft store.
Your children's Easter egg decorations can be proudly displayed in small baskets, or narrow strips of colored paper can be decorated and their ends taped together in a ring to form attractive Easter egg holders.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs will become fond memories of their childhood to share in turn with their own children.
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First, here are some ideas that don&rsquot need a traditional dye kit.
Shaving Cream Eggs
This one can be a bit messy, but kids love it! Spray foam shaving cream into a small bowl or container. Add several drops of food coloring. Put the egg in the container and roll it around until it is completely covered. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the shaving cream off with cold water.
Use your favorite paint (you can try different kinds&mdashtempera, acrylic, water color, etc.) and a small brush. Paint designs, scenery, write words&mdashthe possibilities are endless! When using this method, just be sure to let one side dry before you tackle the other side to avoid smearing.
If you have little ones, you might not want to deal with the mess of traditional Easter egg dye kits. But our littlest kiddos still want to be included in the fun. An easy solution is to grab a bunch of stickers from your local dollar store, and let your little ones plaster their eggs with stickers!
This technique is a bit more challenging (and messy), so you might want to reserve it for older kiddos. Tear up small squares of newspaper, magazine, or tissue paper. Using a small paintbrush, attach these squares to your egg with either egg white or Mod-Podge. After the pieces are all attached, put another coat on as a sealant.
Here are some techniques to use with a traditional dye kit.
Wrap one or multiple rubber bands tightly around your egg so they are snug against the shell. Soak the egg to your desired color. Let it dry and then take off the rubber band(s). This leaves a fun white-striped pattern on your egg.
You can buy a separate tie-dye coloring kit, but you can easily do tie-dye with your regular kit. Wrap an egg in a scrap of very thin fabric (cottons work well). Take an eye dropper or small syringe, suck up some dye, and squirt it on various places on the egg. Make sure to use enough so that the dye soaks through the fabric. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes to absorb the dye.
The secret ingredient? Butter. It might sound crazy, but using butter is an easy way to make patterns on an egg. Just apply a small circle of butter to any part of the egg where you don&rsquot want traditional egg dye to stick. Once the egg is dyed, wipe off the butter. (Note: this will make your dye oily, so use this technique on your last set of eggs.)
Crinkle up a small piece of tin foil, and wrap your egg inside. Place the egg inside your dye cup and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Using tin foil gives your egg a crackled appearance.
No matter what age your kids are, I hope that you were able to find a new idea in this list to try out this year. Try some different ways to decorate Easter eggs this year. Happy decorating!
10 Ways to Color Easter Eggs With Household Items — Part Science Experiment, Part Fun
Have onions at home, or maybe turmeric, a packet of Kool-Aid or Red Hots candies? If you do, then you're in luck, because you are on your way to creating your own homemade dyes for coloring Easter eggs. You may look at the household items and think nothing of them, but with just some water, vinegar, and a little time, you can color eggs without buying the box of dyes from the supermarket. But the best part about the project is that it's fun to do, especially when you get the kids involved — helping color the eggs only, of course. It's part science experiment and part fun.
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It all starts with creating a concentrated dye by boiling your chosen ingredient (be it vegetable, candy, etc.) with water and vinegar. Get Food Network Magazine's how-to recipe here for eggs dyed with beets, onion skins, turmeric, red cabbage and coffee. Then click on the gallery to get five more ideas from Food Network Magazine that use Now and Later candies, Red Hots, Jell-O, frozen blueberries and Kool-Aid. Your family will love trying out the different dyes to discover their color intensities. Happy Easter!
For more holiday ideas, visit Food Network's Easter Central. Have you ever made your own dyes for Easter eggs? Share your recipe in the comments.
3 New Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs
Add some egg-stra flair to your Easter spread.
Decorating Easter eggs is a tradition that family members young and old look forward to each spring. We have three new techniques that are sure to add egg-stra flair to your Easter spread.
Jeff Mauro makes Spinning Tie-Dye Eggs using a salad spinner for Easter décor, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen
Spinning Tie-Dye Eggs
This is a great egg-dying technique for kids of any age, and all you need is a salad spinner! Start by dropping about four drops of food coloring at random around the basket of a salad spinner. Add a hard-boiled egg and, taking two different food color dyes, drop four large alternating drops directly onto the egg in the basket. (You'll need to spin each egg one at a time, to keep them from smashing together.)
Here is where the fun begins—it's time to spin! Close the salad spinner and spin the egg at a moderate speed (so that it doesn't crack). Once the egg is done, roll it around inside the basket to collect any excess coloring that may be left at the bottom. Let these dry on a rack, in an empty egg carton or in egg cups, and enjoy your new works of abstract art!
Geoffrey Zakarian makes "Faux-bergé" Eggs for Easter décor, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen
This is a great technique for older kids that enjoy crafting or adults that can handle the finer details. These beautiful eggs may look intricate, but they are actually simple to complete.
Start these eggs by hard boiling and dying them a solid color as you normally would. Fill a pastry bag with royal icing (we used a store-bought brand). Pipe a pattern onto the egg using your piping bag. Once the egg is completely decorated, add metallic dragees or white nonpareils to the icing while it is still wet. This may take a little time, but it will add gorgeous dimension and detail. Let them dry at room temperature, or place them in the fridge if you are planning on eating them later.
Katie Lee makes naturally dyed deviled eggs, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen
Dyed Deviled Eggs
For this last technique, we're using natural dyes made from beet, turmeric and cabbage.
You've seen us make them on the show before and can find the recipes on FoodNetwork.com. Once the natural dyes are ready, place them in three separate bowls and set aside.
Begin separating the yolks and whites of hard-boiled eggs as you would to make your favorite deviled eggs. Divide the yolk filling into two bowls. Divide the egg whites among the three bowls of dye and let them sit in the natural solutions for about 30 minutes for the most vibrant results. Remove the whites to a clean paper towel and allow them to dry.
Finally, mix some of the beet dye into one bowl of yolk mixture and some of the turmeric dye into the other. This will not only tint the filling, but give it a pop of flavor and acidity. Add the fillings to piping bags or resealable plastic bags with the corners cut. Pipe different colored fillings into the dyed egg whites. We garnished with some scallions, but parsley or any other green herb would also be lovely!
5 Easy ways to decorate Easter eggs with ingredients from the pantry
Looking for easy ways to decorate Easter eggs? Since Easter looks quite different this year, the typical egg decorating kits might not be sitting on the family table. Still, there are plenty of ways to let the whole family be creative with those incredible eggs. Luckily the pantry is stocked with all types of decorating options.
Decorating Easter eggs is a holiday tradition for many people. While kits often make the process convenient, those items are not the only way to decorate Easter eggs. With a few items from the pantry, those white eggs can become a pretty rainbow.
All types of food can dye an Easter egg. Think about cooking for a moment. Do your hands turn red after peeling a beet? What about adding turmeric to a dish doesn&rsquot it turn golden yellow?
The same premise applies to dying Easter eggs. Simply combine ingredients in a pot and simmer with water. Depending on how long you let it sit will determine the color strength. For anyone doing distance learning, this activity could be both art and science class.
Truthfully, there is really no wrong way to this method of egg decorating. The idea is to have a little fun and maybe learn something in the process.
Also, these easy ways to decorate Easter eggs help to use up items that are in the house. Whether you use left over coffee, onion skins or apple peels, these ideas even help to prevent food waste. Given the current situation, preventing food waste and keeping a holiday tradition seems like a win-win.
Lastly, if you do not want to play with your food, Easter eggs can be decorated with some food coloring (if you have that in the house). Just do not use regular markers. Those items are not meant for food.
The biggest item to remember is to have fun. It doesn’t matter if the Easter eggs are perfection or a little wonky, it is the time spent together doing the task. Those memories far outlast the decorated eggs.
Do you have easy ways to decorate Easter eggs? What Easter traditions are you doing this year?
Great Easter Eggs Decorating Ideas
Decorating Eggs during Easter is a long held tradition for both children and adults. It can be a fun activity which you and your kids can carry out. There are various ways of making eggs colorful without opting for the traditional kit. You do not need to be limited to buying an egg dye kit from the local store. Using some techniques such as sponge painting or marbleizing, you’ll be able to make more elaborate designs and styles to present in the Easter basket.
There are numerous options for creating colorful Easter eggs. Some of them include hard boiling eggs and dying them another way is leaving the eggs raw and dying them, which is a common method used for making Ukrainian or Pysanki eggs with elaborate geometric designs another way is making holes at every end of the eggs, breaking the yolks using a pin & blowing them off the shells, this results in a hollow egg which can then be cleaned and appropriately decorated.
Here are some Easter Eggs Decorating Ideas:
Dye blown eggs using commercial Easter eggs dyes. Use the dyes which only use cold water. The eggs might float, so it’s best you use a container that’s small, & you can weigh the eggs down using a spoon when necessary. Drain your eggs over the container 1st before you remove them from dye. Blown eggs which have been dyed with the commercial products need to be decorated some more since they may be kept for much longer.
Instead of dying your Easter eggs, you can also opt to use acrylic paint, professional water color, or tempera or finger paint. Always be careful when handling blown out eggs because they are more fragile than the raw or the hard boiled eggs.
Using your paint brush, apply some glue to one half of the egg and then sprinkle the egg with glitter. Now, wait for the egg to dry and then apply some glue to other half of your egg & sprinkle some glitter as well. This will allow for holding your egg without getting any glue and/or glitter all over your decorator. Dye or paint the eggs with one color 1st and then let it dry out to give them a richer design. Glitter may get all over the place so it’s best you use newspapers or some plastic tablecloths so as to catch any glitter that escapes.
Paint or dye the eggs and let them dry. Cut out some small pictures from magazines and wrapping paper. Apply thin layer of glue (white) to the eggs in the areas where the pictures will be placed and then place the pictures/cut outs on the eggs and apply some more glue on the picture’s right side. Smooth any present lumps whilst painting on the white glue. Let your glue dry and then seal the eggs by brushing on varnish or applying clear polyurethane spray.
Crepe Paper or Tissue
Dip a brush in water & brush the eggs. Immediately apply some pieces of coloured crepe or tissue to the eggs and smooth them. After the water dries out, the paper/tissue will fall off, however the eggs will retain the paper’s color.
Seed beads usually come in an array of colors & they make blown Easter eggs shimmer. You can take a paint brush & then apply small dots of white glue on the eggs. Using tweezers, you can apply sequins or seed beads to every dot of the glue. You can do this on 1 half of the eggs, let them dry, and then continue with other side.
To create a base colour for each Easter egg, add 7 to 8 drops of food colouring into 1 cup of hot/warm water. Stir in a quarter cup of vinegar and prepare 1 bowl for each colour you want to use. You can then dip the Easter eggs in the chosen colours & allow them to properly dry. Add one tablespoon of cooking oil, like canola, for every cup of dye. You can then dip a coloured egg in the contrasting colour mixture. Since the oil may spread all through the mixture instead of blending with the dye, it’ll prevent your dye from properly adhering in certain places thus creating the marbleized effect.
Sponge Painted Eggs
Wet a sponge & wring out the water. Cut it into some small pieces so there’s 1 sponge piece for every paint color. Add some craft paint to a paper plate, to keep the colors separate. You can then dip the sponge in 1 color of paint & press it for a few times in a paper towel so as to remove the excess paint. You can then dab the sponge all around the eggs add some other colors using different pieces of the sponge if desired. You should allow the eggs to completely dry before handling.
Crayon Waxed Eggs
You can prepare to decorate Easter eggs using crayons whilst the eggs are warm after boiling. You can use a paper towel when holding the warm egg and then color it with crayons. Make designs, write words or draw shapes. Lift the eggs from your paper towel whenever you turn them so that you don’t smudge the drawing. Allow all the decorated Easter eggs to cool off for about 1/2 an hour before you handle them. This allows the wax firmly set in.
Easter eggs with your favorite photos on them
Create a lasting memory this spring by adhering your beloved family photos onto Easter eggs. It is the kind of project that will make you smile to think of, and absolutely giddy to see completed.