7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

It was Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and Valentines Day back to back!  It went so fast that for all I know, it could have all been smashed within 2 weeks! Whew… Time to finally get a holiday break…. oh, wait…

Easter will be here before you know it!  Sunday, April 1st!  That’s right, April Fools and Easter are colliding!  Beware!

One of everyone’s favorite crafts at Easter is decorating eggs. Who doesn’t love a good messy holiday craft?

I’m going to give you some fun alternatives from the newbie to the novice!

Getting started – egg prep

You can decorate eggs two different ways, hard boiled or empty…please don’t decorate raw eggs and let them spoil…I’ve seen it happen more than once, so I think a disclaimer is necessary at this point!

For hard boiled eggs, place in a pot and cover with water 2 inches above the eggs.  Turn stove to high and let it reach a strong boil.  Turn off, cover, and let sit for 12-13 minutes. Gently remove the eggs and run under cold water or dunk into an ice water bath to discontinue cooking.

For empty eggs, poke a hole on both ends of the egg with a seam ripper or toothpick.  The hole will need to be about the size of four toothpick holes combined. Insert the toothpick and swirl around to break up the yolk.  Gently blow through one hole and watch the yolk come out the other side.

1. Traditional Dye

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Traditional Dye

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Traditional Dye

I find that clear, disposable cups or rocks glasses work best so you can see the water level, the color, and it’ll be open enough to easily insert an egg…however, this can be very messy…but it’s craft time!  Get messy!

Boil a pot of water and get out your measuring cup.

Put about 1 to 1 1/2 cups hot water into each container. (Enough to cover an egg)

Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar (this ensures that the color really seeps in and sticks quickly).

Add in your food coloring.

The darker and more vibrant you want, the more drops you’ll need.

You shouldn’t have to add more than 20 drops of coloring to each container (for the new fangled gel dyes, I usually do 2 generous squirts).  Use all one color or mix and match to come up with bright turquoise, purple, magenta and more.

For traditional dye, use a whisk instead of a little wire or spoon for unsteady little hands.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Traditional Dye Crayon Whisk

2. Marble with Nail Polish

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Nail Polish Marble

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Nail Polish Marble

Get a disposable cup or container full of cold water.

Drip different nail polish colors on top.

Create patterns with a toothpick.

Slowly dip the eggs to pick up the pattern.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Nail Polish Marble

3. Crayon & Dye

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Crayon and Traditional Dye

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Crayon and Traditional Dye

Draw with a white crayon.

Dye like normal and see the designs magically appear.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Traditional Dye Crayon Whisk

4. Fabric or Tissue Paper (or feathers… or yarn)

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Paper Covered, Yarn, Feathers, Fabric

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Paper Covered, Yarn, Feather, Fabric

Paint Mod Podge onto both sides of the fabric or paper.

Lay onto the egg as flat as possible.

Do a top coat of Mod Podge.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Fabric Paper Yarn Feathers

5. Glitter

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Glitter

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Glitter

Cover eggs with Mod Podge.

Roll in a glitter bath.  (I prefer disposable bowls so you can roll them with minimal mess)

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Glitter Mod Podge

6. Marbled with Cream

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Shaving Cream Marble

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Shaving Cream Marble

This is my favorite!

Soak eggs in vinegar for 5 minutes in order for them to take on as much color as possible.

Throw out a thick coat of shaving cream and smooth (or cool whip if your play needs to be edible).

Drop food coloring and gently make designs by pushing into cream with a toothpick or spoon (don’t over mix).

Roll eggs in creamy design.

Let eggs sit in fridge for 30 minutes.

Rinse under cool water.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Shaving Cream Marble

7. Silk Dye

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Silk Dying

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Silk Dye

For advanced egg decorators!  This works best with empty eggs so you have to be very careful (hence the “advanced”).

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Empty Eggs

Grab an old silk tie or silk scarf.

Cut the silk fabric large enough to wrap around the egg and be tied off.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Silk Dye

Cut a light, plain colored fabric the same size.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Silk Dye

Dunk silk fabric in water (wring out excess).

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Silk Dye Wet Fabric

Wrap wet silk fabric around egg.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Silk Dye

Wrap your dry, light colored fabric around the silk fabric.

Make tight and tie all loose ends with twine.

Place bundled up eggs in a gallon of boiling water.

Add 3/4 cup vinegar.

Boil for 30 minutes.

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Silk Dye

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs silk dye

Unwrap and let dry.

CAUTION: Because eggs are hollow, they will be filled with hot water!

BONUS!

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Dyed Deviled Eggs

Hard boil eggs and let cool.

Roll to crackle the shells but DO NOT PEEL!!

Drop into glasses of water with food coloring.

(You’ll want to use water with food coloring so it’s taste safe and delicious.  Don’t go with traditional egg dye or vinegar dye!)

Refrigerate overnight.

THEN peel off the shells for crackled deviled egg treats!

Fill with traditional egg filling or guacamole!

Magical Mama Blog 7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Deviled Eggs & Guac

 

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76 Comments

    1. I had an egg decorating party with my mom friends to test out what ways would be the best to do with my one year old and the marbling in whipped cream is a definite winner! We’re going to try regular dye with a whisk but I have a feeling it’ll be everywhere!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you! They are a fantastic surprise to pull out when you’re bringing snacks to a spring time party!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. These ideas are brilliant. We did attempt to dye some eggs last Easter and it didnt really go to plan. I can’t wait to try some of your ideas this year with my little girl. #TriumphantTales

    1. The marbling with cream definitely wins for containing the mess and having the best result.
      I hope it works out this year!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love these! How fun. I haven’t tried all of them, but I LOVE silk-dyed eggs, and –yes– I blow them so I can keep them year to year. Pinning! 🙂 #wanderingwednesday

    1. My mom had a set of silk dyed eggs when I was growing up and I have always wanted to make my own!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. You can’t go wrong with glitter! The Mod Podge holds it on really well, so you don’t have to worry about having a house full of glitter!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. So many fun ideas! We’ve used the shaving cream one, we tried glitter one year, and one year we tried volcano dying using liquid watercolors, vinegar and baking soda. Last year we wrapped our eggs in bleeding tissue paper and then when the tissue dried it all fell off and we had the dye left on the egg. I just love that there are so many fun ways to dye eggs. We try a new way each year.

  4. My adult children still like to decorate eggs! We might try that glitter one this year! Thanks for sharing your egg decorating at Merry Monday! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

    1. So easy! Just painting on some glue, laying the paper down and painting over it! You don’t need any skills for it!
      Thanks for dropping by!

  5. I love the marble effect! I think I might try this next year when Ben is a bit older and can help… right now I’m sure he’d just make mess! eek.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

    1. I’m testing it out with my one year old using cool whip this year. The only messy part is the food coloring dying their hands a bit, but it’s taste safe and it’ll be a great reason for a bath!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I think the trick to most of the dying is enough vinegar to soak into the shells. Hope you have some fun crafting time!
      Thank you for dropping by!

    1. Easter trees! I wish more people had them! I had one as a kid and adored decorating it each year! Maybe I’ll have to go out and find one! Thank you for the reminder.
      I hope you and your boys have a blast making a mess!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Really like the marbled hard boiled eggs. One year my mother did pickled eggs all different colours – they looked so good in the jar it was a shame to eat them. But my brothers managed it. #stayclassymama

  7. Oh Wow! I love these techniques, escpially the last one. I haven’t seen anything like this before. They are so pretty and you are making me to wanting to give it a try too. I’m so pinning this! 🙂 Thank you xx

    Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    1. The nail polish really does turn out fancy and the eggs at the end are so easy and are a huge crowd pleaser!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. The deviled eggs are so easy! The soaking actually makes the shells come off more easily than normal! I plan on doing red and green at Christmas, pink for Valentines, green for St. Patricks, there’s endless possibilities!
      Egg decorating is a fabulous busy activity! What kid doesn’t love getting messy with arts and crafts?
      Thanks for stopping by!

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