There are so many ways to decorate real Easter eggs! Here are 40 fun egg-painting, egg-dyeing, and other Easter egg decorating ideas for real eggs.
You know by now that I am obsessed with making re-usable, heirloom-quality Easter eggs. I have a vendetta against plastic Easter eggs, as should we all. But we’re also huge fans of REAL Easter eggs in our family–you know, EGG eggs! There are so many ways to decorate real Easter eggs, and that’s how it stays fun every year.
Yes, you can use one of those store-bought kits (although I loathe the ones that come with plastic wraps or a bunch of accessories–you know you’re just going to trash all that crap come mid-April), but you don’t have to. I think that you’re really going to like some of the creative ways to decorate real Easter eggs below, most of the ingredients to which you’re going to find already in your house or outside in your neighborhood.
40 Ways to Decorate REAL Easter Eggs
1. alcohol inked eggs. If you’ve got alcohol ink, here’s a great way to use it!
2. babouchka eggs. The whole family could make a whole family of these eggs! This project would be perfect for blown-out eggs, below.
3. blown-out egg. Blowing out your eggs before you decorate them means that you can keep them out of the refrigerator to enjoy.
4. botanical eggs. These decorated eggs are natural and beautiful.
5. brown Easter eggs. Yes, you CAN dye brown eggs! In some cases, the colors look even better on brown eggs.
6. burger eggs. Here’s another super cute tutorial that calls for brown eggs.
7. cascarones. If you’ve got a group of kids coming over, then you can thrill them by surprising them with cascarones.
8. dyed deviled eggs. Here’s one way to dye the actual egg, not the shell. For another method, see the tea eggs, below.
9. Easter eggs painted with acrylics. This would be a good time to use those blown-out eggs that I was telling you about.
10. Easter eggs with melted crayon. I love this method, because the eggs come straight from the boiling water to the work surface–can’t get much more efficient than that!
11. embroidered Easter eggs. Um, these eggs are amazing. If you’ve got a delicate hand and love needlework, have at it!
12. emoji eggs. Here’s a way to snooker your tween or teen into hanging out with you, AND giving them a little drawing lesson at the same time.
13. feather-embellished eggs. I think it would be nice to use found feathers for this project.
14. finger-painted eggs. Here’s another method that could work well with little kids–you dye the eggs, then hand them off with some finger paints or stamp pads.
15. floral wreath-crowned eggs. These eggs are so sweet, and you don’t even have to dye them!
16. foil-covered Easter eggs. Here’s a different way to do eggs this year.
17. food coloring dye recipes. In case you accidentally tossed the box that your food coloring came in… here you go!
18. glow-in-the-dark Easter eggs. You do need to use glow-in-the-dark paint, but the eggs turn out pretty awesome.
19. gold-painted eggs. These eggs look a LOT harder to make than they actually are.
20. handwritten eggs. All you need is a paint marker.
21. Kool-aid Easter eggs. If you don’t keep food coloring in the house, then I actually recommend this method, because you won’t have leftovers.
22. nature-printed eggs. The use of onion skins makes this an even more natural method to dye and print Easter eggs.
24. ninja eggs. Kids who aren’t into cutesy pastels or dip-dyeing might really LOVE to make ninjas instead.
25. Pysanky eggs. This specific method does use the special Pysanky dye, which is super concentrated, but you can use that wax resist technique with any of your dye projects.
26. robin eggs. AND the ingredients are all natural!
27. rubber banded eggs. Here’s one method for making stripes on you Easter eggs. For another method, check out the striped eggs tutorial below.
28. rubber cement method. Here’s an interesting technique to try.
29. Sharpie-doodled eggs. You just need a pen!
30. shaving cream-dyed Easter eggs. This would be a fun process-oriented activity for littler kids, because doesn’t dyeing Easter eggs with little kids often kinda suck?
31. silk-dyed eggs. Got a silk tie with a terrible pattern on it? That pattern would look GREAT on an Easter egg!
32. speckled eggs. The secret ingredient to this method is rice.
33. sprinkle eggs. Even if you think that you can’t paint, you can paint these.
34. sticker-embellished Easter eggs. I love the idea here of cutting your own stickers out of contact paper.
35. stripes. This is how you make perfect stripes on Easter eggs.
36. tea eggs. These eggs would be so cute in a kid’s lunchbox on the week leading up to Easter, and imagine the deviled eggs you could make from them!
37. tissue paper-dyed Easter eggs. If you’ve ever been frustrated by tissue paper that bleeds while you’re working with it [raises hand], then this method is perfect for you.
38. vegetable-dyed Easter eggs. You have these veggies in your crisper!
39. tie-dyed Easter eggs. I really like this one, because it’s a no-excuses way to get rid of the random scraps of jersey knit in my stash bin.
40. whipped cream-dyed eggs. This method is similar to the shaving cream, above, but whipped cream is friendlier on sensitive skin.