This Easter, kick the dip dyes up a notch with some twists on tradition
Try your hand at these clever Easter egg decorating ideas.
As spring slowly but surely creeps in, big changes are in store for entertaining, including fresh flowers, bright linens, and pops of pastels. And with Easter just a few days away, tables are being planned and menus prepped, but don’t forget about a very traditional part of the Easter season — dying eggs!
This year, take a pass on the tried and true dip dyes and rubber-band eggs and instead punch up your DIY skills with some of these fun and fashionable decorating ideas. If you have little ones, make it a family activity day and try mess-free alternatives to dyes like markers, stickers, or chalk.
Or round up your girlfriends and pull out the glitter to add a little sparkle and shine to your soirée.
Once you’ve finished your masterpieces, display them as a centerpiece for some holiday décor on the table, gift them to your host on Easter, give them as little favors to your guests, or add them to your little ones' baskets.
The possibilities are endless for decorating Easter eggs, so we’ve rounded up our favorites for you to try. Grab a carton and get started!
Easter Sugar Eggs Recipe
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Getting a beautiful green dyed egg is a must for many families and their kids! To get your egg naturally dyed green is a two-step process. First, you must dye it yellow in something like a turmeric and vinegar mix. Then once your egg is nice and yellow drop it into a natural blue dye from something like a purple cabbage and vinegar mixture. The green color you end up with will depend on how long you let the egg sit in both mixtures.
Not only can you dye brown eggs naturally, but many people would argue that the colors you end with are even more beautiful than your typical dyed white egg. The only thing to consider is that if your eggs are coming from your own hens at home make sure you give them a wash before you start.
12 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Dye
Sunday morning&mdashwhich, for Easter, falls on April 12 this year&mdashis always celebrated with a basket of beautiful eggs. But when food dyes are not readily available in store or at home, it's time to get resourceful. Do you have onions in the pantry? What about turmeric, a packet of napkins, washi tape, or coloring crayons? If you do, then you're in luck, because you have everything that you need to craft your own decorated Easter eggs.
Take a good look around the kitchen: Natural dye can be made from your own cooking scraps. It all starts with a concentrated dye that's made by boiling your chosen ingredient (be it a vegetable or coffee grounds) with water and vinegar. We've colored eggs in all kinds of hues with beets, onion skins, turmeric, red cabbage, and coffee. Not finding what you need in the kitchen? Reach into your wardrobe for unworn accessories like silk ties and scarves this material can result in rich patterns on eggshells. And, of course, there's a wealth of inspiration to be found in the stash of supplies from your craft room.
In your day to day, you may look at these household items and think nothing of them, but with a few craft supplies and a spare minutes of time, you can color eggs without buying a box of dyes from the supermarket. The best part about this project is that it's fun to do, especially when you get the kids involved&mdashhelping color the eggs under your watchful eye, of course. (They make great non-candy basket fillers.) See what you find and let it inspire a new kind of tradition.
- sunflower oil, for greasing
- 300g/10½oz dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) or milk chocolate
- different coloured icing, for piping
Polish the inside of each mould with a piece of kitchen towel. Then dampen a piece of kitchen towel with a little flavourless oil, sunflower will do, and polish the inside of each mould with the oil. This ensures a highly polished finish to the chocolate and also helps to release the set chocolate from the mould.
It is essential to temper the chocolate – this is a method of heating and cooling chocolate for coating or moulding. The heating and cooling separates the cocoa solids and ensures the set chocolate will have a high gloss and smooth finish. To temper the chocolate you will need a cooking thermometer, a heatproof bowl and a saucepan of hot water. Break the chocolate into small, even pieces and melt gently in a bowl over a saucepan of hot, not boiling, water. Place the thermometer into the chocolate and heat until it reaches 43C. Take off the heat and cool to 35C. Now it is ready to use.
Pour spoonfuls of the chocolate into each mould. Swirl around until coated, use the pastry brush if necessary and then remove excess chocolate. Leave to set, flat side down on a surface, like a large tray, covered in greaseproof paper. Fill each mould in the same way. You will have to repeat the process another two or three times to build up a good layer of chocolate in each mould. Wait for about 20 minutes for the chocolate to set in between layers. Draw a clean ruler or the flat edge of a knife across the chocolate to ensure a clean edge every time you add a layer. This is important so that the two sides of the egg stick together evenly. Leave to chill in a larder or cool place until set.
Carefully un-mould the egg halves and place on a clean surface, taking care not to handle the chocolate too much as it will start to melt from the heat of your hands.
To stick the two edges of an egg together, heat a baking sheet and then place the edges of two halves on it for a few seconds, then gently push the edges together.
To decorate the eggs, sit an egg in a glass or small cup and use as a stand while you pipe your desired message on the egg. You can wrap your eggs in cellophane wrap and label them to give away or place them in a basket and offer them to guests.
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8 Simple Ways to Dye Easter Eggs That Are Still Safe to Eat
Here are the best no-waste ways to decorate eggs for Easter.
Easter will be celebrated at home this year (again), but celebrating while social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t practice your usual traditions. Bake hot cross buns for a small Easter brunch, tune into an online Easter Sunday service, and dye a batch of colorful Easter eggs with the family. Since limiting my food waste is one of my New Year&aposs resolutions this year, I’ve been extra mindful of how I decorate eggs this season. Here are eight food-safe ways to decorate eggs at home so you can partake in this classic Easter tradition without contributing to food waste.
Each of these methods can be used with hard-boiled eggs, so you can put them right back in the fridge to eat later. Keep in mind that the American Egg Board recommends eggs should only be out of the fridge for two hours, so they should go right back in once you&aposre done decorating.
Prepare Your Eggs for Coloring
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs is so much easier when your eggs are prepared properly for coloring. There are three ways that you can prepare eggs for painting or dyeing:
How to choose a method? A decorated fresh egg will not last long and will create a mess if broken, a hard boiled egg lasts longer, but a blown egg that's decorated will last for years.
That said, a hard boiled egg is much less fragile and easier for young kids to handle.
How to Hard Boil Eggs for Decorating
Prepare Hard Boil Eggs for Decorating
Refrigerate your decorated eggs within 2 hours after they have been hard boiled. DO NOT EAT eggs that have been left out at room temperature for over 2 hours! Be safe!
If prefer your kids to use hard boiled eggs when learning how to decorate Easter eggs, then you'll need to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Allow at least 90 minutes to boil and prepare the eggs.
Be careful not to cook your eggs by placing them in already boiling water. The temperature difference makes it almost certain that the shells will crack. Instead, place the desired number of eggs (and several extras) into cold or lukewarm water and put the pot on the stove. The water should just cover the eggs.
Adding a teaspoon of white vinegar to the water will allow the coloring to soak into the shell better, covering them more evenly and thoroughly, making the natural colors brighter.
As the water heats, the inside of the egg heats gradually, hardening the contents. Edible eggs can be done in as little as five minutes.
However, eggs meant for decorating should be given a few minutes extra, making them extra firm so they'll stand up well to handling. Don't overcook them since that can also lead to their shells cracking.
Once the eggs are boiled, turn off the heat and allow the pot to cool gradually until both the water and eggs are at room temperature. This may take around 20 minutes.
Now, remove the eggs carefully from the pot and place them gently into a bowl. Place the bowl into the refrigerator and let them cool and harden further for at least an 45 minutes.
Then, remove the bowl from the refrigerator and let the eggs sit for about 10 minutes to reach room temperature again. Now they're ready for decorating.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs is made easier when the eggs are properly prepared.
How to Blow an Egg for Decorating
Blowing an egg to empty its contents without breaking the delicate shells is not the easiest of tasks, but it is fun, and it does get easier with a bit of practice. It's consistent with learning how to decorate Easter eggs the old fashioned way.
To prepare for egg blowing, poke a small hole on one end of the egg and a slightly larger hole on the other end with a needle. Then, while holding the egg over a bowl, blow through the small hole, so that the contents can run out of the larger one.
Before starting to blow, pierce the yolk with the needle to help things along and expect to blow harder to get the flow started. It's similar to blowing up a balloon.
You could end up with lots of mixed yolk and egg white depending on how many eggs you plan to decorate, so plan ahead to use the contents of the eggs to bake an Easter cake or Easter cookies or omelets or whatever else you would like to make.
Once you've removed the contents of the eggs from the shells, gently rinse the shells thoroughly with clean water in preparation for Easter egg coloring.
When the egg blowing is done and the shells have dried, have your children sit down to color and decorate the empty egg shells for Easter.
How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Food Coloring
Young Girl Coloring Easter Eggs Usng Food Dyes
For shiny Easter eggs, rub them lightly with vegetable oil once the dye is dry.
Making eggs a solid color with food coloring is easy and inexpensive. To prepare the coloring, just add about 25 drops of food coloring to 1/2 cup warm water, or enough water to cover the egg when placed in the cup.
Place the egg into a the cup with the coloring and let it sit for a few minutes until it reaches the desired shade. Remove and allow to dry on a paper towel.
If you set the colored eggs on a cloth or tea towel to dry, don't expect to get it clean again in the washing machine because of the coloring, so use a paper towel instead.
To make two-tone eggs, dip one end into one cup for a few minutes. Allow to dry, then dip the other end into a cup containing the second color.
A three-tone egg can be had by simply dipping the ends in different colors leaving the middle of the egg white.
Use wax crayons to write a name on the egg and then color as usual. After the coloring has dried, the crayon can be carefully wiped off if the eggs are warmed slightly in the oven leaving the name visible.
Using colorful stickers, rubber bands, or small bits of masking tape, you can mask off and apply several colors to a single egg. But, it can get tricky when you try to do more than three colors. Beyond that, hand painting with watercolors might be the way to go.
One way to produce eggs with a unique marble effect is to mix a tiny bit of vegetable oil into the coloring. Then, the food dye sticks in a marbleized pattern to make outstanding looking Easter eggs.
How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Watercolors
Coloring Easter Eggs with Water Colors
NEVER EAT EGGS once they have been colored with a watercolor paint, as the non-edible paint will absorb into the egg itself.
Easter egg painting with watercolor paint is one creative way to color the eggs with any design you want.
The watercolor paints will soak into the shell well, and it may take several coats to get an even appearance, if that's desired. Use a fine watercolor brush or pens for convenience.
How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Natural Dye
Spinach and Beets Make Natural Dyes for Coloring Easter Eggs
Mom taught me how to decorate Easter eggs the old fashioned way by using natural food dyes. These natural Easter egg dye recipes are 100% safe, all-natural, non allergenic, inexpensive, and they really do work.
Plus, it's fun and educational too. Your kids will discover that different fruits and vegetables produce different colors. The variety of pastel and vibrant colors will amaze.
What's more, you can safely eat naturally dyed eggs that have been hard boiled and properly refrigerated! Some natural dye liquids might take an hour or more to color the hard-boiled eggs, so allow the coloring process to take place INSIDE the refrigerator should you wish to eat the eggs later.
An hour of waiting to see the results will seem a long time to a child. Another benefit to learning how to decorate Easter eggs is it helps to develop patience.
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs in Pastel Colors
Coloring Eggs with Vegetable and Fruit Dye
The following vegetables and fruits may be used for this natural Easter egg dye recipe:
- Red Cabbage
Add the chosen chopped vegetable or fruit to 3/4 cup water in a pot with 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar, bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the water turns a pleasing color. Each vegetable and fruit has its distinctive color.
Remove from the heat, let cool, and then strain the colored water into a cup. Place a hard-boiled egg into the cup and let it sit in the colored liquid until it reaches the desired shade, this may take up to an hour and is best done in the refrigerator when the egg is to be eaten later.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs naturally takes time, but the beautiful results more than make up for the time you spend waiting.
Coloring Eggs with Spice Dye
The following spices may be used for this natural Easter egg dye recipe:
Pour 2 cups warm water in a small glass bowl, add and 2 teaspoons white vinegar, then stir in 3 tablespoons of the chosen spice.
Place a hard-boiled egg into the bowl and let it sit until it reaches the desired shade.
Coloring Eggs with Tea
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 3 tea bags in a small pot and allow to steep for about 15 minutes. Pour the liquid into a small bowl, add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and let cool.
Let a hard-boiled egg sit in the tea-colored liquid until it reaches the desired shade of color, this may take up to an hour. Different teas will produce different shades of color.
Coloring Eggs with Coffee
Prepare 1 cup of strong coffee, add 2 teaspoons white vinegar and let cool. Let a hard-boiled egg sit in the coffee liquid until it reaches the desired shade of color, this may take up to an hour.
Coloring Eggs with Onion Skins
Colorful Onion Skin Dyed Easter Egg
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs the old fashioned way by using an onion skin is something everyone should try. Prepare to be amazed at the beautiful results you'll achieve!
Remove the red or yellow-brown outer skin from an onion and wrap it around a RAW egg securing it by wrapping with twine, string, or thread.
Gently hard boil the egg WITHOUT vinegar and afterwards remove the onion skin to reveal a golden-toned, multicolored egg as pictured above.
Note: Red cabbage leaves can be used in the same manner as onion skins to produce a distinctive shade of color.
Coloring Eggs with Leaves and Flowers
Coloring Eggs for Easter Using Leaves and Flowers
Enjoy an outdoor walk with your family and collect leaves and flowers that are small enough to lay on the surface of an egg.
Then, cut some old pantyhose into 5-inch strips. Dip the hard boiled egg in water to dampen it, then carefully position a leaf or flower on its surface. Several leaves or flowers can be arranged in a pattern if desired.
Place the egg on a piece of old pantyhose and pull the material tightly while keeping everything in place, then secure it with a piece of string.
Now, you can naturally color the egg using dyes prepared from vegetables and fruits, using the natural Easter egg dye recipes.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs naturally often produces results that are unique and exquisitely detailed.
Store-Bought Easter Egg Decorating Kits
Coloring Easter Eggs with Food Dyes
(PD Source: Don Bell)
Easter egg dye kits can offer a convenient way to decorate your eggs. Most kits for children contain a simple wire egg holder, multiple dye colors, stencils, adhesive stickers, and other decorating aids.
Instructions on how to decorate Easter eggs are often in the kit. You can find kits available for sale at most local stores around Easter time.
Although commercial egg decorating kits started to become popular when I was a child back in the 1950s, I had MORE FUN learning how to decorate Easter eggs by experimenting with the old fashioned methods of using onion skins and natural colors made with the homemade Easter egg dye recipes.
If your kids enjoy experimenting, and most do, then you'll find that they'll love the old fashioned methods too. It seemed almost magical when such unique colors were produced from ordinary foods found in the kitchen.
Let their creativity run wild. You'll find that there is far more joy in decorating Easter eggs Grandma's way than in purchasing ready-made Easter egg kits and decorations at the local craft store.
Your children's Easter egg decorations can be proudly displayed in small baskets, or narrow strips of colored paper can be decorated and their ends taped together in a ring to form attractive Easter egg holders.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs will become fond memories of their childhood to share in turn with their own children.
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How to Dye Easter Eggs Without a Kit
Here’s an easy way to create your own Easter egg dyes using a couple pantry essentials. No kit required.
- Author:Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes (up to 20 minutes)
- Total Time: 20 minutes (plus dying time)
- Yield: Varies
- Category: Easter
- Method: Dying
- Cuisine: American
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Food coloring
- White vinegar (see notes for options, if you don’t have vinegar)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Measure 1/2 cup of boiling water into a canning jar or another heat-safe container. Then, add one teaspoon of vinegar and 10-20 drops of food coloring. Repeat to create additional colors. If you’re dying eggs with kids, allow the dyes to cool before proceeding.
Soak the eggs in the dye for around five minutes. Flip the eggs halfway through, to ensure both sides are well coated.
Place the dyed eggs back in their carton, and allow them to dry before handling.
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 ½ pounds confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (Optional)
- 1 cup flaked coconut (Optional)
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Optional)
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
- 1 tablespoon shortening or vegetable oil (Optional)
In a large bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla, and cream cheese. Stir in confectioners' sugar to make a workable dough. For best results, use your hands for mixing.
Divide the dough into four parts. Leave one of the parts plain. To the second part, mix in peanut butter. Mix coconut into the third part, and cocoa powder into the last part. Roll each type of dough into egg shapes, and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until hard, at least an hour.
Melt chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. If the chocolate seems too thick for coating, stir in a teaspoon of the shortening or oil until it thins to your desired consistency. Dip the chilled candy eggs in chocolate, and return to the waxed paper lined sheet to set. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour to harden.
DIY Paper-Mâché Egg Tutorials with Instructions
1. Paper Mache Easter Eggs
These cute painted paper mache eggs are made with easily available materials such as strips of paper, glue and plastic eggs (as a base) for this project. You can also alternatively use styrofoam as the base. Once the eggs are ready and dried, paint it with interesting patterns.
2. Paper Mache Eggs Made with Confetti
These set of colorful eggs are made from small balloons and filled with treats for little kiddos to go crazy for. And the eggs are decorated with bright confetti and this craft will surely get your children excited.
3. Making Paper Mache Eggs from Cardboard
This is quite a simple tutorial which can be made using balloons, plastic eggs of cardboard. Once the paper-mâché is dried on the egg you can paint it or wrap it with paper and ribbons to fill your egg cartons this Easter.
How to Make Paper Mache Eggs
4. Decorated Paper Mache Eggs
This is quite a colorful design and is quite simple to make with bright and torn tissue papers, glue, water, and some balloons. Try using both smaller and bigger balloons, for the project. As the smaller ones will be ideal to decorate the Easter basket, while the big ones can be your hanging decorations.
Paper Mache Eggs with Balloons
5. Paper Mache to Make Giant Easter Eggs
Learn to make Paper Mache Letters – Here
6. Just Hatched Paper Mache Eggs for Easter
I loved these quirky unfinished eggs designs. You can easily use them as ornaments to decorate your interiors or fill these half-broken eggs with treats for the little ones.
7. Paper Mache Dino Eggs Tutorial
Since these are dinosaur mache eggs in the tutorial, you need to use big balloons for this craft. Kids love playing with Dino eggs and they are fun and messy to make them. The big eggs are placed on a bowl and you may also fill them with small gifts for your child. Once they find these eggs they will be thrilled to get their gifts along with the eggs.
DIY Paper Mache Dinosaur Eggs
8. Make Edible Paper Mache Eggs this Easter
9. Paper Mache Dragon Egg Craft for Kids
You can make a dinosaur also and place these eggs beside him. A lovely theme for your Halloween parties too.
How to Make Paper Mache Dragon Egg
10. Cute Papier-Mache Easter Eggs
I loved these polka-dotted Easter Eggs. You can create them easily with small water balloons, some tissue paper and fill them with toys and treats and tie interesting messages to the string. Kids will be quite excited to see these and to open them to see their gifts.
11. Paper Mache Egg Boxes
If you want to make paper mache eggs without using balloons, then this the best option. This tutorial uses homemade glue and egg boxes. You can easily store your itty bitty stuff inside it and kids love to play with them.