50 of Our All-Time Best Ideas for Decorating Easter Eggs
If you've followed us over the years, you already know there's more than one way to create a colorful Easter egg. While dipping and dyeing are surefire ways to end up with beautiful eggs, there are countless other techniques you can try your hand at, too. If you're looking to create something unique enough to showcase as part of your Easter tablescape or to hide as part of a fun Easter egg hunt, we're sharing a range of ideas—from finely-crafted masterpieces to easy crafts that the kids will enjoy—that the whole family will enjoy.
If you're looking to dye Easter eggs, there are several methods to try beyond a standard one-color dip. You could use wax to create customized masked designs or you could work with paper, ribbon, and even stencils to nail more complicated looks. One of the easiest ways to create eye-catching patterns when dyeing Easter eggs is to wrap them in rubber bands in between coats of dye, which results in the most perfect striped eggs. If vivid hues are what you're after, try reusing common kitchen scraps to create natural dyes.
Some of the most sophisticated Easter eggs don't require any form of dyeing at all: From découpage to acrylic paint, you can use other craft supplies to create intricate designs that will surely impress. Our most innovative Easter egg designs call for three-dimensional features, including candy molds and polymer clay on our Jasperware-inspired eggs. Other designs seamlessly come together using other materials you may have around the house, including temporary tattoos and nail decals.
Whatever you're skill level, we provide helpful resources like printable templates, videos, and color charts. These family-friendly ideas are filled with classic designs and newfound inspirations that'll thrill everyone in your home.
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Royal Copenhagen Easter Eggs
Polka-Dot Easter Eggs
Simple to make and sure to stand out in a crowd, these polka-dots are as fun to make as they are to wear. Whether you paint them on small or big, these polka dots are sure to deliver that pop of color you've been looking for.
Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs
Add florals, stripes, and swirls to your Easter eggs with this simple silk-dyeing technique.
Jasperware Easter Eggs
Our editors found that organic egg varieties did a better job of taking on the dye in this case, as you'll mostly focus on creating custom candy molds to later affix to your creations. For eggs that you can use year after year, you'll need to blow these out before you get started.
Luster Splatterware Easter Eggs
Paper-Doily Easter Eggs
Two-Tone Easter Eggs
Your guests will be shocked when they learn that these eggs are indeed spray-painted, which help to create a ombré sunrise effect when they're all placed together. While you can make as many as you'd like, arranging a few dozen in an Easter centerpiece could certainly serve as a show-stopping decoration.
Dot and Stripe Stamped Eggs
Family Tree Eggs
Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs
Your kitchen is full of natural dyes. Common food items such as red cabbage, onion skins, and coffee can be used to transform plain white eggs into a rainbow of colors. Kids will especially love discovering all the different colors they can create—let them experiment using hard-boiled eggs and bowls of cold dyes.
Café-Au-Lait-Bowl Easter Eggs
Shaving Cream Dyed Eggs
Reach into your bathroom's vanity cabinet for this effortless substitiute to dyeing your eggs in pure vinegar (as an added bonus, this method smells great!). Little ones will love mixing all sorts of colors in the shaving cream to marbelize their eggs effortlessly.
Floral Stamped Easter Eggs
Recreate Liberty of London's sweet flowerscapes with rubber stamps and chalk in to create these beautifully decorated Easter eggs.
Color-Block Painted Wooden Eggs
Who said your Easter eggs have to be actual egg shells? These wooden Easter eggs are easy to customize with color—as an added bonus, you can reuse them year after year, which makes even just one set so valuable.
Dyed Wooden Easter Eggs
These eggs will last for many Easters to come seeing as they're made of wood. To make them even more unique, dye them in any color of the rainbow.
Pierced Creamware Easter Eggs
Who knew the fabled golden egg could look so cool? Colorfully dyed eggs get a bit of bling from gold or copper foil, and while the look is luxe, the foil is surprisingly affordable.
Gingham Découpaged Easter Eggs
Check it out! Gingham, checks, stripes—like grass, they pop up everywhere in spring. Why not use an old men's shirt and follow the trend to make some fashionable Easter eggs?
Puffy Paint Easter Eggs
Cover your eggs with a pop of color and tons of swiss dots using puffy paint for a 3-D effect.
Splatter Paint Eggs
Looking for a last-minute Easter egg to impress your guests? All you have to do is shop your own pantry! To get the speckled look, simply mix food dye and dry foods (think beans, nuts, and popcorn kernels) in a paper cup, then add a hard-cooked egg. Gently shake and swirl the cups to create stunning speckles.
Washi Tape-Decorated Easter Eggs
Obsessed with washi tape? With a single roll, kids will love coming up with their own creative and fun designs.
Easter Egg Designs
A simple dye bath is everyone's favorite way to decorate Easter eggs, but have you tried our tips and tricks to the perfectly dyed Easter egg? Here's one tip: Try dyeing different sizes and types of eggs for a variety of looks.
Cherry Blossom Easter Eggs
Galaxy Easter Eggs
Give your eggs a speckled, cosmic look that makes them appear as if they were freshly plucked from amongst the stars. These painted Easter eggs are a departure from the typical pastel palette of springtime with deeper, darker tones.
Typography Easter Eggs
Stick-On Gold Easter Eggs
Pointillism Easter Eggs
Inspired by pointillism art, these Easter eggs are decorated with a series of teeny-tiny dots in pastel colors to create fun shapes.
Scrambled Lines and Letters Eggs
These graphic eggs take a design cue from the printing press, where misaligned plates result in slightly skewed, or "off-register," type and images.
This brood is all smiles, er, beaks as they pose for a family portrait to welcome their latest addition. (The photo hanging behind them was taken before the new chick hatched.)
Coating Easter eggs with glitter provides a sparkling alternative to coloring them with dyes.
These intricate eggs are mesmerizing in their beauty, and decidedly a departure from traditional Easter designs. Pysanky eggs are hand-drawn creations—first in pencil using guidelines to section off an egg into a grid pattern, and then with detail within the grid.
Adhere common supplies such as tape, stickers, or even little leaves to eggs; when you dye the eggs and remove the "masks," the designs stand out.
Ink Dyed Easter Eggs
You'll want to work carefully with these vibrantly dyed eggs, because alcohol-based inks can stain things very easily. Choose complementary colors to blend when dipping your eggs, which can create a vivid effect without too much effort.