7 Cool Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs


As my kids get older we are always trying different ways to decorate Easter eggs. The plain old pastels were fun when they were little, but older kids get bored with that and that means we have to branch out and find more creative ways to make decorated eggs for Easter each year. We experimented this year with 7 different methods, all of which I will show you here.

The 7 methods I’ll explain here are:
Marbled Eggs
Speckled Eggs
Drip Eggs
Rubber Band Eggs
Colorful Chinese Tea Eggs
Stenciled Eggs
Tie Dye Eggs

Marbled Eggs

supplies:
vegetable oil
white vinegar
food coloring
mugs (one for each color)
spoons (one for each color)


Place one tablespoon of oil and one tablespoon of vinegar into each mug. Add a different color of food coloring to each mug. Fill to 3/4 full with water and stir each one. Each mug should have its own spoon.

Hold your boiled egg in one hand and stir the liquid in the mug with the spoon using your other hand. Stir it several times to create a whirlpool effect. Immediately remove the spoon, place egg on spoon and lower egg into swirling water.

Count to 5 or 6 and remove the egg.

Place it on a paper towel, but don’t pat it dry. Let each color rest for several minutes, the color may get a bit darker as they rest. Repeat the above for a second color on each, or leave as single colors. Again, let them rest for several minutes. When you are happy with the results, gently wipe the eggs off with paper towel.

Speckled Eggs

supplies:
white vinegar
food coloring
mugs (one for each color)
spoons (one for each color)
brown craft paint
water
old toothbrush
newspaper

Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to each mug. Add food coloring and fill mugs with water to 3/4 full. Stir and dye eggs. Don’t leave them in too long, you want a more pastel shade for these eggs.

Mix together a teaspoon of dark brown acrylic craft paint and 4 or 5 drops of water. lay newspaper down on the work surface and be sure all the eggs are dry. Practice the flicking method a few times on the newspaper first before attempting on the egg. First, get the toothbrush wet, flick off excess water by running your finger across the bristles. Dip the bristles into the thinned brown paint. Holding the toothbrush with the bristles pointing downward, run your finger across the bristles. This will flick the paint onto the newspaper. When you are comfortable with the method flick the paint onto the eggs. Let each side dry before turning over and doing the other side.

Also to see some cool Speckled Egg Cookies go to Bake at 350.

Drip Eggs

supplies:
food coloring
egg holder
spray bottle of water

I’m sure these have been done before, but it was just something I thought up while making the other eggs. Place egg into an egg cup (or other holder that will hold to egg upright). I placed mine on a plate to catch the drips. Use the spray bottle to mist the top of the egg.

Squeeze a drop of food coloring onto the top of the egg.

Hold water bottle at a distance and mist the top again.

Add additional colors.

Mist or blow on the egg to create the desired effect.



Rubber Band Eggs

supplies:
white vinegar
food coloring
mugs (one for each color)
spoons (one for each color)
rubber bands

Wrap boiled egg with several rubber bands.

Dye egg in normal fashion (as described in speckled eggs but with whatever color intensity to like). Let the first color dry the remove one of the rubber bands. and dye in another color.


Stenciled Eggs

supplies:
white vinegar
food coloring
mugs (one for each color)
spoons (one for each color)

stickers or painters tape

Place small stickers on the boiled egg, or use decorative scissors to cut pieces of painter’s tape and decorate the egg. Be sure that all areas are stuck to the egg then dye as usual (as described in speckled eggs but with whatever color intensity to like).  Let dry completely before removing stickers or tape.


Colorful Chinese Tea Eggs

supplies:
food coloring
mugs (one for each color)


This method originates from soaking boiled eggs with cracked shells in a pot of boiling tea bags. To create a colorful version of this you can use food coloring and water. Some methods describe using paste/gel food coloring and boiling water. These methods also recommend leaving the eggs in the water for 7 hours. Since that is probably not safe, it’s better to use cold water, liquid food coloring and your refrigerator.

To begin, use the back of a spoon to gently tap all around the egg shell. You can use your hands to gently squeeze the shell creating more cracks, just try not to create splits in the shell as this will create large areas of dark color instead of the desired effect.

Your mug should have one full teaspoon of liquid food coloring and water to 3/4 full. Don’t add vinegar or you will be pickling your eggs! Place the egg (I was able to fit 2 eggs in my mugs) into the mug and place in the refrigerator to 3-4 hours, 3 hours being the minimum. You can let them soak longer, but 3 hours seems to be the magical time to achieve fairly vibrant color. Remove the egg shell and see your beautiful creations!

Yes, these are safe to eat.

Tie Dye Eggs

supplies:
plastic wrap
paper towels or cheesecloth
food coloring
rubber band
spray bottle of water
cardboard egg carton

The instructions for these tie dye eggs are only my food blog. Go to How to Tie Dye Easter Eggs.

 

Comments

  1. Kate @ An Amazing Child says

    These are all so wonderfully beautiful. Thank you so much for all the inspiration and many, many Easter's worth of egg decorating. I love them all but I think the drip eggs are my favourite.

    I will definitely be bookmarking this on TEN: The Education Network for our members to pop on over and be inspired.

  2. RedTedArt says

    Oh wow! You sure know your egg decorating stuff! These are great great great ideas! Thank you again for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

  3. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma says

    Thanks for the great pictorials! The rubber band method looks like something to try with my kids this year…

  4. Lowri says

    WOW – so many great ideas on one post! I love them all and am definitely going to be trying some. Will be easy with your fabulous instructions!
    Visiting from Tatertots & Jello

  5. Tiffany says

    Love your post and the pictures. I blogged about your post and posted a link to your post on my blog! Love Love Love
    ladycrafter14.blogspot.com

  6. Debra says

    Great ideas! We like to decorate lots of eggs and new ideas are always welcome. Really love the speckele eggs. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Julie Anne says

    such great ideas… although mine are still small enough that simple dyeing still works for them (and is a whole lot easier)
    visiting from CSI project

  8. dawn says

    will these ides work for styrofoam eggs….i am having an eatster themed birthday party and would like to try some of these and is wondering if it will work on foam eggs?

    • says

      Hi Dawn. Not sure if I would try anything involving water with Styrofoam eggs. I haven’t tried it, so I can’t say if it would work or not. If you decide to try it I’d love to hear how they turn out!

  9. Mason & Ella-Grace says

    These are really cool and cute! We are really going to have some fun today! – Mason
    These are SUPER cool eggs! My mom and dad will enjoy dyeing these eggs with us. We will surely LOVE it!!! -Ella-Grace

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