Easter egg decorating ideas range from simple to straightforward eggs– are working.
Your ambition probably depends on whether your eggs will be Easter decorations or if you’re just looking for an Easter craft idea for kids. Either way, there are plenty of decorating ideas that allow all ages and skill levels to get involved in this beloved Easter tradition.
From decoupage to negative printing, these Easter egg ideas will inspire you to get creative.
Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
If you are using real eggs, make sure you know how to decorate Easter eggs, otherwise foam or plastic eggs will work for many of these ideas.
1. Wrap Easter eggs in fabric
Scraps of fabric and spray glue or school glue are all you need to recreate this abstract idea. Cut a piece of colored fabric into 1 to 2 inch strips. Then spray the egg with adhesive (or apply glue with a brush) and overlap the strips until the egg is covered. This technique works on hard-boiled, polystyrene or plastic eggs.
If you don’t have fabric scraps, get creative with what you have on hand. “I love covering craft eggs with small floral fabric scraps, but vintage lace can also look effective,” suggests Pippa Blenkinsop, Style Homes & Gardens. editor.
2. Cut Easter Eggs with Floral Stamps
“For a pretty Easter display, paint craft eggs in pastel colors and decorate them with vintage floral stamps,” says Blenkinsop. For a more permanent solution, use a decoupage medium (such as Modge-Podge) to seal stamps. If you don’t have stamps on hand, stickers or floral cutouts also work well.
3. Tattoo your Easter eggs
Love the look of hand-painted Easter eggs, but not exactly overflowing with artistic talent? This idea mimics the look of a hand painted Easter egg and it couldn’t be simpler. Instead of painting, collect temporary tattoos in spring themes and apply them the same way you would on your skin: lay the tattoo on the egg, design side down. Then press down with a damp paper towel for 30 seconds and gently peel off the paper backing.
4. Recreate this grass-printed Easter egg decorating idea
The secret to getting that negative-printed look with your Easter eggs: sheer fabric or a pair of tights. Simply lay a fresh herb (leafy varieties like cilantro and parsley work well) on top of your egg and wrap fabric or pantyhose around it. Tie the top and submerge the egg in your dye.
No herbs on hand? Try small flowers, leaves or clovers.
5. Use Felt for Modern Easter Eggs
Do you prefer neutrals to pastels? There is no need to dye your eggs at all. Instead, use a black marker, permanent marker, or small paintbrush to draw linear shapes and abstract patterns on your Easter eggs.
6. Tie the eggs with string
Make use of your Easter eggs by using them to denote place settings during Easter dinner. We printed the guest names on simple card stock tags, punched a hole in the end, and tied them around the eggs with string.
7. Hand Painted Speckled Easter Eggs
Enhance the look of a simple dyed Easter egg with a speckled pattern. This nature-inspired look is easy to recreate. Once your eggs are painted or dyed (and dried!), use a toothbrush and brown paint to dab a speckled pattern onto your eggs.
8. Dress up plastic Easter eggs
This next Easter egg decorating idea is both pretty and useful. Once you’ve filled the plastic eggs, use decorative washi tape to hold them closed while adding a pop of pattern. Your eggs will look more festive and you won’t have to worry about them cracking open.
9. Fill hollowed out Easter eggs
Hollowed-out eggs make a lovely organic container for wildflowers. “It’s one of my favorite ways to decorate for Easter,” says Homes & Gardens editor Lucy Searle. “I display eggshell vases in a collection of egg cups and scatter them across the center of my table.”
To make eggshell vases, tap the bottom of the egg on a counter and carefully remove the top. Then pour the contents of the egg and rinse. Fill it with water and add your flowers.
10. Personalize your Easter eggs
Use monogrammed Easter eggs to replace place cards during holiday meals. To make these oh-so-simple, just add a bedazzled letter sticker to each egg. Or, for extra credit, draw each guest’s first initial on an egg with glue and place glitter on top with tweezers.
What can I use to decorate Easter eggs?
What you use to decorate your Easter eggs depends on the look you want and how much time you’re willing to devote to the process.
Most often, Easter eggs are decorated with simple dyes, such as food coloring or color chips dissolved in vinegar. If you have food coloring on hand, simply squeeze a few drops (at least 10) into half a cup of hot water and add a tablespoon of vinegar, which will enhance the color. The more food coloring you add, the richer your colors will be and different colors and shades can be achieved by mixing food coloring.
You can also make tincture from natural sources like beets, cabbage, and onion. To do this, boil the vegetable in water and leave to infuse for a couple of hours. Strain the liquid and mix with 1 tbsp. vinegar per half cup of liquid. Turmeric and colored Jell-O powder can also be mixed directly in boiling water with a little vinegar to create coloring.
Dye is not required to decorate Easter eggs. Instead, you can use washi tap, fabric scraps and glue, paper decals and decoupage medium, glitter or ribbon to decorate your Easter eggs.