Easter eggs have long been a symbol of new life, fertility and hope. In pagan times, god and goddess worshipers attributed the warm, welcome spring to Eostre, the goddess of spring. They decorated eggs to please her so that she would be sure to return again the next year.
The tradition of decorating eggs for Easter celebrations has survived for centuries. Today we dye eggs for the Easter Bunny to sneak in and hide. He leaves treats in return. Kids just love going to look for the colorful eggs hidden in the flower beds, behind rocks and in the growing spring grass.
Ways To Decorate Easter Eggs
Easter eggs in pastel colors are pretty, but it’s fun to get creative and make tie-died Easter eggs. There are other fun ways to bling your Easter eggs. Here is how to make tie-dyed Easter eggs and a dozen other creative ways to decorate Easter eggs.
Basic Egg Boiling Tips
- Bring eggs to room temperature
- Cover eggs with adequate water, at least 2 inches over eggs
- Start with cold water, and a Tbs. of white vinegar
- Bring to boil slowly
- After intensively boiling turn off heat
- Let sit 12 minutes
- Remove eggs and place in cold water
- Cool 10 minutes
- Vibrant red, pink, blue, yellow and green colors can be achieved with egg dye
- Add one cup boiling water to 6-8 drops of the food dye
- Add 3 Tbs. white vinegar
- For orange and purple shades it is best to use egg dye tablets
- Natural dyes can be made with onion peels, blueberries and canberries
#1. Tie-died Easter Egg
Everyone loves the tie-dyed look. Use rubber bands, just like on a tie-dyed t-shirt!
- Pick two colors, one dark and one light, like purple and yellow.
- Wrap the egg with rubber bands
- Dye egg in the dark color first
- Let dry and then dip in lighter color just long enough to get a light color
- Let dry and then snip away the rubber bands
#2. The Proverbial Golden Egg
Gold paint and iridescent glitter make a fun egg. Use it for the grand prize in an egg hunt!
- Use un-dyed hard boiled egg
- Spray with gold spray paint and let dry
- Brush on a solution of white glue and water
- Sprinkle with iridescent glitter (Pixie dust)
#3. Decoupage Egg
This is so easy. Mod Podge and a picture cut from a magazine is a pretty effect.
- Find a picture of small flowers in a magazine
- Decide on a good egg color for it’s background
- Cut out the flowers and apply with Mod Podge using a small brush
#4. Easter Chick Egg
Kids will be delighted with an Easter chick egg.
- Use a soft yellow for the Easter chick egg.
- Cut feet from orange craft foam
- Cut a triangle for the beak from orange paper
- Make 3 orange tissue paper balls (wad them up) for the cockscomb(top of head)
- Attach feet, beak, cockscomb and googly eggs with hot glue gun
- Draw on eyelashes with a black Sharpie
#5. Blinged-out Egg
Add some Hollywood bling with tiny stick-on “jewels”
- Use a vivid, deeply-colored egg
- Attach tiny rhinestones stick-ons (from craft or sewing department)
#6. Egg With Appliqué
All it takes is a pretty sew-on applique and a dyed egg to create this pretty pastel egg.
- Look for sew-on appliqués in the sewing department
- Dye egg a color to compliment the appliqué
- Attach with hot glue when the egg is dry
#7. Crayon-resist Egg
The egg dye doesn’t adhere to the waxy crayon and creates an interesting effect.
- Before dying, draw flower, bird or other object on a hard boiled egg with crayons
- Dip in desired color of dye
#8. Natural, Sustainable Egg
Onion peels steeped in boiling water and vinegar on a sustainable nest. Wouldn’t a whole basket of these make a lovely centerpiece?
- Boil water. Add onion peels and 3 Tbs white vinegar
- Steep 20 minutes
- Add boiled uncolored egg. (It takes a little longer to color than with other dyes)
- Attach a little “nest” of Spanish moss or other sustainable material with hot glue gun
- Rub the egg with a bit of olive oil
#9. Two-tone Easter Egg
A bi-colored egg is created by covering one side with masking tape. The dye ran under the masking tape during the second dip. Not to worry. It created a neat marbled effect.
- Wrap one-half of hard-boiled egg in masking tape
- Dip in desired color just long enough.( Don’t leave long, or the tape will get too wet and come off
- Let dry and then take off the tape
- Dip in second color
- Add rick-rack or ribbon to separate the colors
#10. Ribbons and Baubles
A pretty ribbon and some stick-on “jewels” give this egg plenty of bling.
- Choose a color and complimentary ribbon
- Dye the egg a pastel shade.
- Dry. Add pretty ribbon around the middle with a little hot glue
- The “jewels” are stick-ons from the crafts department.
#11. Mosaic Egg
Bits of brightly colored tissue, Mod Podge and a small brush make this egg have a stained glass look.
- Cut out tissue shapes
- Brush on with a brush dipped in the Mod Podge.
- Fill in small spaces with small shapes to avoid too much over-lapping
#12. Marbled Eggs
Cooking oil added to one color helps to achieve a marbled egg effect. Roll the dyed egg in another color with oil added in a shallow dish.
- Dye hard boiled egg in a light color
- Add a couple Tbs of cooking oil in a darker color of dye.
- Put the dye with oil in it in a shallow pan
- Roll the egg around to get desired amount of marbling.
#13. Pretty in Polka Dots
How to make a polka dotted egg? Think sponge painting. Use the tip of a new pencil eraser and acrylic paint. The acrylic dries quickly, so you don’t have to lay the egg down and smear the spots before you are finished painting on the polka dots!
- Dye egg in desired color, either vibrant or pastel will be pretty
- Dip new pencil eraser in desired color of acrylic paint and “sponge” paint the polka dots on.