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10 Ways to Dye an Easter Egg

Updated on April 6, 2014

Easter Egg Dying

The most memorable part of Easter is dying easter eggs. It's fun for kids and adults! There are many different ways to dye an easter egg. From a simple crayon, to using silk ties and lace. Have fun with lots of items that you have laying around!

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  1. Use Crayons
  2. Use Food Coloring
  3. Use Tissue Paper
  4. Use Ribbon
  5. Use Stickers
  6. Use a Kit
  7. Use Rubber Bands
  8. Use a Sponge
  9. Use a Silk Tie
  10. Use a Doily or Lace


How to Use Crayons

Making a mark

Most commonly, a white crayon is used to draw on the egg before it is dyed. Then, after you dye it, the drawing appears as white while the rest is colored. Another way to use crayons is to color them while the boiled egg is still warm. Simply hold the warm egg with a paper towel (careful not to do it when it's too hot to hold) and color with lots of different colors. The wax from the crayons will melt, creating a unique design.

Image thanks to Darrren Hester

How to Use Food Coloring - Blend your bold colors

Food coloring is going to be used in most of your egg decorating. It's really quite simple to use. Use about 20 drops of food coloring (feel free to mix colors to get desired color) with 1 tablespoon of Vinegar, and 1/2 cup warm water. Lower your egg into the bowl of food coloring liquid for about a minute (longer if you want a brighter color) and place it in a stand to dry.

If you are using a food coloring gel, then use the tip of a butter knife to scoop a little out and mix it in the liquid mixture. The more gel you use the brighter the color is going to be. Try different colors on the same egg. Dip a part of the egg in, let it dry, then dip another part. Mix it up!

Food Coloring Tip: Color when the egg is still a little warm, it will dry the food coloring much faster.

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Ateco Food Coloring Kit, 6 colors

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How to Use Tissue Paper - Rip, tear, CREATE!

Need a way to get rid of all that tissue paper? Decorate an easter egg with it! There are many different ways you can use tissue paper. Check out this Easter Craft site for more techniques and tips.


How to Use Ribbon

Give your egg personality

Ribbon is a fun and easy way to decorate eggs! You can color your egg any way you want, and then use tape, or a Glue Dot to place the ribbon wherever you would like on the egg to embelish it. Or you can just use multiple ribbons rather than using food coloring or other methods.

You can also place ribbons tightly around the egg, then submerge it in the food coloring liquid, and take the ribbon off after it dries for a white band around your egg.

Image thanks to Pink Sherbet Photography

How to Use Stickers - Before and After

Use stickers to decorate your egg. You can place a sticker on your egg before you dye it, then peel off the sticker to see the shape it makes. I suggest using a bunny sticker that's cut out like a bunny, it makes a really cute shape! Or you can use stickers to embelish your egg after coloring it the way you would like.

How to Use Easter Egg Kits - Have it all in a box!

Make it easy with these fun kits that your kids are sure to enjoy! This is a simple way to get all the items you need for easter egg coloring, and have fun with their favorite characters!

This kit is lots of fun! It makes really beautiful and unique looking eggs. Includes 3 Goose Eggs and the supplies you need to create a beautiful decoupage egg.

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How to Use Rubber Bands

Create cool designs

Rubber bands make it easy to decorate an easter egg. You can put as many rubber bands as you want on the egg, dip it into the food coloring dye and take it out to dry completely before taking off the rubber bands. See all the cool designs you can make with it.

Tip: Don't use too many rubber bands, because then all you end up with is a few colored spots and a whole lot of white!

Image thanks to kirstyhall

How to Use a Sponge - For the perfect looking egg

You can use a sponge to give texture to your egg. Sponge the entire egg with acrylic paint. You can also dye the egg prior to painting it to achieve more colors. Try cutting up the sponge into different shapes to make unique shapes on your easter egg!


How to Use a Silk Tie

Unique and Beautiful

You will want to have a silk tie or shirt that you no longer want to use. If you don't have this, you can go to a thrift store to buy one for a low price. You will also want an old white sheet, tablecoth or pillowcase. Other items used are: Twist ties, vinegar, water, vegetable oil, paper towels and tongs or a spoon.

I learned this from the Martha Stewart website. So for detailed instructions, visit the link Silk-Tie Easter Eggs.

This really makes a beautiful egg!

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How to Use Lace

For the pretty displays

This makes for a beautiful egg. To make this you will need: egg dye, rubber bands, lace trimmings, scissors, and a foam board with flathead pins

I also found this one on the Martha Stewart website. (She makes some great stuff) For detailed instructions visit Lace Eggs.

Image thanks to Crystal Writer

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      tiff0315 5 years ago

      @wheresthekarma: Of course!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Great lens, hope its ok if I feature it on my Easter Lens?

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      I love to dye eggs! I have a lot of fun and the eggs are always colorfull!

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      chrispell017 6 years ago

      nice ideas!

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      LakeMom 6 years ago

      Great ideas! I can't wait to try them out! We might try the silk tie tip.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      I don't celebrate Easter and have never colored eggs but do love colors. Cool Lens.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      We've used natural dyes, silk ties, food coloring and paint to decorate Easter eggs. Would love to one day try some batik or Pysanky.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      @Pip Gerard: Your son will love it. Coloring eggs makes for great memories!

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      @auntjennie: Definitely the perfect season, thanks for stopping by!

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I usually use food coloring. I like the crayon suggestion. I've never tried that before. Looks like this is the perfect season to test it out.

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      Pip Gerard 6 years ago

      I have such fun memories of doing this as a youngster... will have to think about doing it with my son I think. thanks for the great lense

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      There used to be a kit you could buy with egg paint. The paint turned very shiny on the eggs. I wish I could remembre the name of it.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      This lens is awesome! I love it! Congrats!

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Wow! Thank you so much!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I just ran back over here to add my blessings to this fabulous lens. Angel blessed and added to Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts in the new holiday crafts section.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Great lens great ideas! I lenrolled to my "OAK painted eggs" lens!

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens that I am sure will be a help to many parents who plan on coloring eggs this year.

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      Stoney2009 6 years ago

      Great lens, will have to try this with the kids, liked, bookmarked and blessed :)

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      Fabio Sanna 6 years ago

      I need to make some of this next Easter! Absolutely!!! Peace,


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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      @BuildABetterMouse: Very interesting. I've heard of using onion skins, but never have before. Thanks for the instructions!

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      Steve and Annette 6 years ago

      We usually use the typical Paas box set but we have used onion skins. We wrap the raw egg in onion skins that we secure with rubber bands. Then we boil the eggs in the onion skins, which turns them an interesting yellow color, darker in some spots than others. We've also put edible leaves like parsley next to the egg, before putting on the onion skins and the color & shape of the leaves is often transferred to the eggs.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: Very cool! I'll have to try that

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I haven't dyed eggs for quite a few years, but I'd love to try the silk wraps or lace patterns. I recently read about using hot eggs with crayon shavings that melt on the eggs. Kids might like that method!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; we used food dye but haven't done any eggs for a few years.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      I feed the chickens with ground crayons so the eggs are ready dyed. I once tried a rubber stamp but broke all the eggs. Stapling pictures on didn't work either - your ideas are definately better than my own failures!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Some great ideas here, I love the silk tie method. I actually don't decorate eggs anymore now that my daughter is an adult herself, but I think you may have inspired me :)

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      In our house we're using different techniques, sometimes even few at once to decorate the eggs... and you're right about that decorating eggs is the best part of Easter celebration, and probably the only part which everyone, who took part in it, will remember.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Thank you all for your comments, blessings, lensrolling, and so on! You're wonderful people! ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well I'd say that you sure have kicked up egg dying fun up by 10 notches here, sounds like a great idea for a party!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lots of egg coloring ideas! Haven't heard of a lot of them. Blessed!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I love these ideas! I just love Martha Stewart she comes up with the best ideas. Beautiful lens and just in time too!

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      nice. i'm going to lensroll this to my natural egg dye lens. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Wow! There are a lot of really great suggestions here! I really want to try several of these ideas. Awesome!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      We usually dye them but I would love to try the tissue paper. =)