Decorating Easter Eggs
Raid the kitchen cabinets and your school supply stash for colourful complements to classic Easter egg dyeing techniques.
Spring ushers in warmer weather, the garden's first blooms, and holiday rituals such as dyeing Easter eggs. Put your creativity to work with fun dyes, unexpected add-ons, and interesting techniques to add color and pizzazz to your Easter egg dyeing and decorating.
Before you begin, hard-boil the quantity of eggs you desire, cool, and store them in the refrigerator until dyeing and decorating time. After you color and decorate the eggs, return the eggs to the fridge for storage.
Easter egg dyeing options
- Store-bought Easter egg dyes: Packaged as a kit, this option typically uses color tablets. Usually it also requires hot water and washable cups to color Easter eggs. Tip: The longer you let an egg sit in a dye bath, the richer the color.
- Food coloring: If you have food coloring liquid in your pantry, you can use these to add fun hues to Easter eggs. For each color, add 10 to 20 food coloring drops, a drop of vinegar, and about 1/2 cup boiling water.
- Natural dyes: Fruits, vegetables, spices, and other kitchen ingredients - blueberries, turmeric, paprika, red cabbage, yellow and red onions, beets, coffee, and carrots - can be used to create homespun Easter egg dyes. (Search online for easy recipes.)
Easter egg decorating accents
- Markers and paint pens: Great for adding accent shapes, stripes, and colors; use them after your dyed eggs have dried.
- Small stickers and temporary tattoos: Adhere them either before or after dyeing.
- Glitter: Use a small quantity of craft glue and glitter for sparkle on your Easter eggs.
- Paint and paintbrushes: Dyed or undyed eggs supply a good surface for kids and adults to add artistic flair.
Easter egg decorating techniques
- Using masking tape or rubber bands, wrap eggs in various patterns before dyeing. Remove the tape or rubber bands once the eggs are dry.
- Create ombré eggs by progressively submerging sections of the egg into a single dye color.
- Design marble-like eggs by adding about 1/8 teaspoon of vegetable oil to one color. Submerge the egg in the oil-color mixture; let dry, rub with a paper towel, then submerge in a second color.
- Dip half the egg in one color and half in another hue for dual-tone eggs.
Easter egg dyeing and decorating extras
- Pick a safe, clean surface to work on.
- Line your surface with newspapers or paper towels and drying racks to minimize spills from the dyes and give your eggs a spot to dry.