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Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Updated on April 28, 2015

Fun and Easy Ways to get Great Looking Easter Eggs this Year!

If you're looking to create some amazing Easter Eggs this year to include in your Easter Basket, you've come to the right place!

With just a few products you may already have sitting around, you can create fabulous looking photo-worthy Easter eggs!

With a simple dye recipe and some fun kid-friendly techniques, your eggs will go from bland to beautiful!

How to make a perfectly hard boiled egg.

The first step to a great Easter egg is boiling the egg. You don't want your eggs to crack, because then they don't look as nice, and aren't as appealing to eat when the dye seeps into the egg. Follow these instructions for a perfectly hard boiled egg.


Put a single layer of eggs in a large pot, and cover with COLD water (about 1 inch above eggs). Turn on the heat under the eggs and as soon as they come to a full boil, remove them from the heat and let them sit in the hot water for about 15-20 minutes.

After the 15-20 minutes either remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place in a colander, or drain hot water from pot then rinse eggs with cool water until eggs feel cool. Place on paper towels to dry.

Flickr Photo Credit - looli
Flickr Photo Credit - looli

Basic Egg Dye Recipe

I still prefer to use food coloring to dye my eggs. I've used both the liquid and the gel colors, and they both work great. Usually the box will give you mixture ideas to create a variety of colors.

In cups or small glass bowls (needs to be able to withstand boiling water) mix together:

1 cup of boiling water

1 tablespoon of vinegar

Few drops food coloring.

The more food coloring you use, the brighter the eggs will be.

Photo by Me! Rae Ann
Photo by Me! Rae Ann

Paper Towel Tie Dye

A simple paper towel can give your eggs a great tie-dye look!

You can start with a colored or uncolored egg. Wrap a paper towel or paper napkin around the egg. (If you have small children, you can use small zip ties or twisty ties to secure the paper towel so they don't have to try to hold it on the egg.) It's best to just wrap it around once or twice. Too many layers won't let the dye through.

For a very vibrant look, use food coloring right out of the tube. Just place a drop or two of a few colors here and there on the paper towel. It will spread as soon as it hits the towel.

You can also use the dyes that you prepared with water and vinegar. Just spoon a small amount onto the towel (best with light colored or uncolored eggs).

Let the egg sit for about 5 minutes before removing the towel.

Once you remove the egg, if there is a spot or two that didn't get color, you can rewrap it or blot it with the towel.

Flickr Photo Credit - Sewing Daisies
Flickr Photo Credit - Sewing Daisies

Rubber Band "Tye Dyed" Eggs

Here's a quick and easy way to add an interesting design to your dyed eggs.

Wrap several rubber bands around a hard-boiled egg (careful to not crack the egg!) Dip it into a bowl containing the mixture of food color, vinegar and water. Let it stay there for a while. Then remove the egg, pat it dry and take off the rubber bands. The areas covered by rubber bands will still have the original egg shell color and have a tye-dye effect.

You can dye the eggs a solid color before applying the rubber bands, or leave the eggs their original color.

Flickr Photo Credit - katdeem
Flickr Photo Credit - katdeem

Tape Designs

Use tape, crayons, or nail polish to create fun egg designs.

Easily create fun patterns and designs!

Use simple shape paper punches to punch out shapes from masking tape (or cut out your own design), then stick tape to egg. Dye the eggs with the tape on, let them dry, then remove the tape to reveal great designs!

Other ways to get fun designs is to use white crayon or clear nail polish. Color designs, names or anything else, then dye the egg. Wherever you applied the crayon or polish the dye won't stick.

Food Coloring to Create Spectacular Easter Eggs!

Flickr Photo Credit -Tom Carmony
Flickr Photo Credit -Tom Carmony

Marble Dyed Easter Eggs

Use vegetable oil to create fancy looking Easter eggs!

To create a "Marbled" look to your Easter eggs, add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to your cup of egg dye.

You can start with a white egg, or one that has already been dyed a base color.

Quickly dip your egg in and out of the dye. The oil causes only some areas of the egg to get the dye, creating the marble design. Keep dipping for more intense colors. You can also let the egg dry and re-dip in a second color. Repeat as many times as you wish. When the egg is dry, blot with a paper towel to remove the excess oil.

Different amounts of oil will result in more or less marbling. Experiment to find the mixture that you like best. Remember you can always add more, so start conservatively.

Easter Cookie Gifts

For a yummy, fun and convenient gift this year, send some-bunny an Easter cookie gift! Baskets, Buckets and Bouquets - you'll find them all at Gourmet Cookie Bouquets.

What techniques do you use to dye your Easter eggs?

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      barbara-mae-piersante 5 years ago

      putting droplets of color on the eggs and blowing them to create streaks and repeating the process with many colors makes for very interesting patterns and uniquely colorful eggs

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Great stuff here! Fantastic tips! Lensrolled to my 10 ways to dye an easter egg.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice one. Joined fan club.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Some great ideas and tips.

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      Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

      I've made a lens about decorating Easter eggs and have featured this lens on it. Beautiful work! 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love to dye Easter Eggs and these are some wonderful unique suggestions. Lensrolled to Easter Event in Pendleton SC

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      how-to-cook-eggs 8 years ago

      very interesting and helpfull thanx. 5

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Really fun ideas! We are always looking for clever new ways to decorate with the nephews. Thanks.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Fun ideas! :) Have to try some of them! I haven't seen you around till now so I wish to welcome you to Squidoo! Come by SquidU and share with rest of lensmasters!

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      SherryHolderHunt 8 years ago

      Helpful lens! 5*s

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      Laura Schofield 8 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      This is a fantastic lens. I love the marbling idea and will try that out with my kids today. 5 stars and lensrolled to my Easter Eggs lens (

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      At our house we make Pink Pickled Eggs! They're tasty, but not so good for an Easter egg hunt!

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Great lens, beautiful display! My kids and I have been doing pysanky (wax resist dying) the past couple of years, and it's a lot of fun! 5* and lensrolled to my "Easter Bunny Costume" lens!

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      Kim 8 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      I love these ideas! We'll be using them this year for sure - thanks for the tips :-)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Easter eggs are so beautiful as is your page! I will be accepting it into

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Great tips. 5 stars and rolled to Easter Symbols & Celebrations!