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20 Unique Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

This Easter, take your eggs one step further with these different decorating techniques.

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Are you an avid craftsman? Are you someone who's left decorating Easter eggs to family members until now? Whoever you are, you will surely love these Easter egg decorating ideas. So get your eggs ready and make this Easter extra fun with these out-of-the-box egg decorating ideas. And if you've ever wondered, here's why Easter is on a different Sunday every year?

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Blackboard Eggs

Write messages on eggshells with this great idea from Oleander and Palm: Coat eggs with a layer of chalkboard paint and let your chalk do the talking. If you fall out of love with a pattern or picture, wash the surface and draw again. Check out the fascinating reason why bunnies are associated with Easter.

What You’ll Need: Chalkboard paint, chalk

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Tattoo Eggs

It’s hard not to fall in love with these cool, no-dye Easter egg ideas from the geniuses at Brit + Co. Simply apply fake tattoos to eggshells the way you would to your own skin. Instead of bright colors, you’ll get eggs stamped with spiders, superheroes, and more.

What You’ll Need: Stick on tattoos

Meaghan Mountford

Bluebird Egg

Display these side-view birds from Meaghan Mountford in little nests or on a bed of grass. First, dye egg blue and let dry completely. Cut a wing from printed paper and glue to the side of the egg. Cut a triangle from yellow cardstock, fold a tab at the flat end and adhere to the end of the egg with glue. Let dry. Draw an eye with black marker. Here's how nine other countries celebrate Easter around the world.

What You’ll Need: Blue dye, yellow cardstock

Courtesy Eden Passante

Ombre Eggs

It’s easy to get this trendy look from Sugar and Charm. Prepare dye according to the packaging and let eggs soak for varying amounts of time. Take them out quickly for a hint of color and leave them in for longer to get a rich hue. Don't be ashamed of your maximalism; decorating is actually proven to make you happier.

What You’ll Need: Hair dye

Meaghan Mountford

You Name It Eggs

These personalized eggs from Meaghan Mountford are perfect place cards for Easter dinner. Rest an egg sideways on an egg holder and dip in dye bath of desired color, but hold the egg so the top third of the egg stays above the dye bath and remains white. Let dry completely. Pour a small amount of acrylic craft paint on a plastic plate or wax paper. Dip the non-brush end of a small paintbrush into the paint and dab on egg to create a dot. Paint dots around the white oval. When the paint dries, use letter stickers to spell a name or initial. Make sure you know these six Easter myths and legends that will blow your mind.

What You’ll Need: Acrylic craft paint

Courtesy Lovely Indeed

Washi Tape Eggs

Put metallic, patterned and pastel Washi tape to good use with this cute no-dye egg-decorating option from Chelsea at Lovely Indeed. Cut tape into various shapes and stick to egg surfaces.

What You’ll Need: Tape

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Black and White Eggs

All you need for this monochromatic look is a fine-tipped black permanent marker. At the blog Obviously Sweet, variations of dotted and striped patterns make each egg look unique. And check out these 19 all natural egg dyes that are totally easy to make at home!

What You’ll Need: Black permanent marker

Courtesy Rebecca Gallop if A Daily Something

Tied Flowers

For less of a mess, nix the dye. Instead, use string or baker’s twine to secure flowers and herbs to eggs, suggests the clever creator of A Daily Something. Opt for forsythia and violet buds, or try rosemary or thyme for a hint of fragrance for these Easter egg ideas.

Courtesy Brittni Mehlhoff

Impressionist Eggs

Break out some acrylic paint to try this egg-decorating trend from Paper & Stitch. Using short brush strokes, create a basic pattern around a hardboiled egg and let dry. Besides egg decorating, here are 19 other Easter games you can play with your kids to keep them entertained.

What You’ll Need: Acrylic craft paint

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest