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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?

Courtesy Jeran McConnel

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

Courtesy Brit + Co.

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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Mustache Eggs

One of the cutest Easter egg ideas is created by Oh What Fun. For some dapper-looking eggs, draw fun facial hair onto the egg shell surfaces such as a handlebar mustache.

Meaghan Mountford

Lazy Daisy Eggs

Meaghan Mountford is back with another one of her pretty Easter egg ideas, from her blog the Decorated Cookie. For this one, dye egg desired color and let dry completely. Adhere the stickers and smooth well with your fingers. That’s it! No need to stick with daisies; use other flowers or any design that tickles you. Make sure you know what the best and worst Easter candies are for your kids before you start making their Easter baskets.

What You’ll Need: Daisy stickers

Meaghan Mountford

Preppy Eggs

Grosgrain ribbon gets glued around dyed eggs with this other idea from Meaghan Mountford, who suggests you put glue on the ribbon first, then lay an egg at one end of the ribbon and roll until ribbon fully encircles the egg. Snip the end. You may need an extra dab of glue to adhere the snipped end of the ribbon. If you cut your ribbon in a neat, straight line, you need not worry about folding the end over. Check out these charming vintage photos of how Easter used to  be celebrated.

What You’ll Need: Ribbon

Meaghan Mountford

Bling Bling Eggs

For a sparkly centerpiece, fill a glass bowl with glitter-dotted eggs with this idea from Meaghan Mountford. Dye egg desired color and let dry completely. Working with one side of the egg at a time, squeeze different size circles of glue on the egg. Holding the egg over a plate, pour glittering glue over the egg and shake off the excess (the egg will still have unwanted glitter, but don’t worry about that yet). Let the egg dry and repeat on the other side of the egg. Let dry several hours at least. When completely dry, carefully brush egg with the dry bristles of an old toothbrush to remove the unwanted glitter. Tip: Use the fine tip on the glue to help you ‘draw’ the circles of glue. Varying the circle size takes the pressure off of squeezing perfect circles.

What You’ll Need: Glitter glue

Meaghan Mountford

Speckled Eggs

Mix and match contrasting egg and paint colors to create a bright, speckled collection with one of these many Easter egg ideas from Meaghan Mountford. Dye eggs desired colors and let dry completely. Pour a small amount of acrylic craft paint on a piece of wax paper. Dip an old toothbrush into the paint, and dab the excess on the wax paper. Hold an egg over the wax paper in one hand, and with your other hand, hold the toothbrush about 2 inches over the egg. Run your thumb along the bristles to spray paint on the egg. Let dry. To really simplify things, skip dying the eggs and just speckle white eggs. Try one of these 15 fun Easter basket ideas that the whole family will enjoy!

What You’ll Need: Acrylic craft paint

Meaghan Mountford

The Perfect Pair of Eggs

Try this cute craft from Meaghan Mountford: For bunny, glue a pink pom-pom on a clean egg. Cut out ear shapes from white foam or card stock, dab flat ends of ears with glue, and adhere to the top of the egg. When completely dry, draw eyes and whiskers on the egg with a black marker. For carrot, dye egg orange and let dry completely. Cut five pieces of ribbon, each about 10 inches long. Stack the ribbon pieces, fold in half, and staple at the fold. With scissors, curl ribbons. Fold a small tab in the ribbon at the point where you stapled. Dab glue on the tab and adhere to the top of the wider end of the egg. Use invisible tape to hold the ribbon in place until the glue dries. If you use card stock instead of foam, add and cut a tab at the end of each ear to more easily glue to the egg. For the carrot, you can also use a pre-made ribbon gift topper in lieu of cutting and curling your own. Check out this list of Easter candies that everyone hates, but will never admit.

What You’ll Need: Pom-poms

Meaghan Mountford

Zoo-egg-ology

Make cute, easy egg animals from Meaghan Mountford. For the frog, dye egg lime green and let dry completely. Cut out a large semi-circle from a piece of green foam and two small semi-circles from white. With a black marker, draw a mouth and eyes, then glue to egg. Use invisible tape to hold on the egg until the glue dries. For the monkey, dye egg light brown and let dry. Cut out a large circle and two small semi-circles from brown foam. With the black marker, draw a nose and mouth, then glue on the egg. When dry, draw on eyes. For the pig, dye egg pink and let dry. Cut out a large circle and two small triangles from pink foam. With the black marker, draw nostrils on the large circle, then glue on the shapes. When dry, draw on eyes. For the chick, dye egg yellow and let dry. Cut out a beak shape from orange foam. With the black marker, draw two lines on the beak and glue on. When dry, draw on eyes. Tip: When cutting out shapes, keep the eggs handy so you cut pieces to scale. Draw the shape with a pencil on the back of the foam first as a guide. Take a stroll down memory lane browsing through these 11 charming vintage Easter photos.

Meaghan Mountford

Have a Nice Day Eggs

This blast from the past image from Meaghan Mountford is a super easy way to make your eggs happy. Dye eggs yellow and let dry completely. Draw faces with black marker. Feel free to break from tradition and let your egg express other emotions. Above: ‘Oh no!’ ‘Happy’ and ‘Tee-Hee.’

Sharpie Easter Egg DecoratingCourtesy Cutesy Crafts

Polka Dot Outline Eggs

All you need for this colorful and fun design is different colored sharpie markers. Outline a cut out of a fun shape or character onto your Easter egg and use a sharpie to create polka dots around the edge. When you remove the image, the white egg will pop with the sharpie. To stay festive, on her blog Cutesy Crafts, Jessica uses silhouettes of bunnies to create fun polka dot patterns. And don’t miss these 19 fun Easter crafts you can make with your kids with stuff from your house.,

What You’ll Need: Sharpie markers

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Twine Wrapped Eggs

To craft this Easter egg you will need colorful twine, mod podge, and an Easter egg. Crafts Unleashed uses wooden eggs so that you can keep this craft year round, but hard-boiled eggs will work too. Coat your egg in mod podge and wrap the twine around it, alternate colors or how close you lay the twine down for a creative look.

What You’ll Need: Colorful twine, mod podge

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Sprinkle Eggs

Blogger Studio DIY! suggests using sprinkles for a festive look that isn’t that hard. All you will need is nonpareil sprinkles (preferably fun Easter colors), tacky glue, and a paintbrush. Paint your eggs with the tacky glue using the paintbrush and then cover them in sprinkles. Studio DIY! says to use a spoon to press the sprinkles onto the egg after you’ve covered it or else they won’t stick well. This is the fascinating history behind why eggs are synonymous with Easter.

What You’ll Need: Sprinkles

Originally Published in Reader's Digest