Decorating Easter eggs is a quintessential holiday activity—we look forward to it with as much as excitement as we do pumpkin carving in the fall. Whether you want to dye eggs with your whole family or do it as a relaxing solo activity, why not take your Easter decorations to the next level this year?
There are lots of ways you can decorate Easter eggs aside from the traditional, nostalgia-inducing food-coloring kits. Some of the tactics are pretty unexpected and surprising, but all of them yield amazingly unique, beautiful eggs.
Why spend money on egg-dyeing kits when you can just use your vegetable scraps? Yes, you read that right!
Vegetables like purple cabbage, beets, and onion peels make amazing egg dyes, and they yield incredibly bright, saturated colors. This DIY natural egg dyeing tutorial even shows you how to create fun patterns on your eggs using washi tape or lace.
Believe it or not, these stunning tie-dye Easter eggs from One Little Project are surprisingly easy to make! All you need is paper towels, food coloring, twist ties, and water. With a little bit of imagination and patience, you can create beautiful rainbow eggs that would look amazing as an Easter centerpiece.
Ice cream lovers out there will get a kick out of these fun, colorful eggs. Instead of dyeing the eggs, this “Ice Cream Sprinkle” Easter egg tutorial from Let’s Mingle uses paint to create a whimsical pattern on them. It required a fair bit of patience to paint each little sprinkle, but the end result is simply charming.
Kids will love this unique method of coloring Easter eggs. For I Heart Arts and Crafts' “Rice Shake” eggs, you use uncooked rice and food coloring to create cool speckled decorations. The best part is that you get to shake up each egg in a plastic container or bag—just don’t shake too hard, or else you’ll crack them!
Can you tell we have a thing for rainbow patterns? These multicolored eggs get their abstract pattern from shaving cream mixed with paint. The tutorial from Hello Wonderful is definitely an unconventional way to color Easter eggs, but it’s super entertaining for both kids and adults (if you don’t mind getting a little messy).
Your dinner guests will be dying to know how you created these fascinating oil-marbled eggs. Little do they know that all you need is a tablespoon of vegetable oil!
This tutorial from Little Bins for Little Hands requires two rounds of dyeing, but the end results are totally worth it for beautifully marbled Easter decorations.
Did you wait until last minute to decorate eggs? No need to run to the store for a PAAS kit—we’re betting you already have everything you need to make these pretty pastel Easter eggs. This tutorial for naturally dyed eggs uses ingredients like coffee, tumeric, and fruit to create soft colors that are perfect for spring.
We could stare at these indigo eggs all day. The bold blue color and amazing marble pattern make for one-of-a-kind decorations that are sure to be a hit at your holiday party. Just follow the instructions from Alice & Lois, and if blue isn’t your thing, swap in another color of nail polish.
Feeling a bit fancy? You can make this year’s Easter eggs super luxe with the help of a little gold leaf.
This tutorial from SheKnows may look intimidating, but the great thing about gold leaf is that it looks best when it’s a little haphazard and messy. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create head-turning golden eggs.
We touched on this briefly with the vegetable-scrap dyeing method, but onion peels will transfer an unbeatable orangey-brown color onto your eggs. This tutorial for onion skin Easter eggs shows you exactly how to get vibrant minimalistic eggs in just a few easy steps.
These deceivingly simple eggs from Oh So Beautiful Paper are made in much the same way as traditional dyed eggs, just held in their dye bath at specific angles and re-dipped. This post even includes a guide to achieving the exact color palette.
This knock-down, drag-out guide to natural Easter egg dyes from Shifting Roots covers everything from canned beets to black tea, and the results are beautifully aged-looking eggs.
If you're looking for a zero mess, no-dye situation this Easter, washi tape is the answer. These brightly hued eggs from Lovely Indeed are ridiculously easy to achieve, made with just washi tape and scissors.
A little bit of dye, some scraps of tissue paper, and plain Elmer's glue make these eggs from The Merry Thought come together quickly.
These museum-worthy eggies from Idle Hands Awake are just a dye bath and a couple quick brush strokes away.
Buffalo plaid, but make it Easter. These gingham-inspired pink eggs from The Blondie Locks are actually made with washi tape and regular egg dye, just overlapped in several stages. As pretty as a fancy tea towel.
Some spray paint (or dye) and simple letter stickers are all this tutorial from Lovely Indeed takes. Spell out an Easter saying, your family's names, or create an alphabet to arrange any number of words.
Easter eggs to match your favorite throw pillows? Why not? These little guys from Alice & Lois are as simple as they seem, just some paint and Sharpies to get the effect.
These stunning butterfly eggs are way easier to accomplish than they look. Nope, no intricate hand-painting, Uncommon Designs just applied a temporary tattoo to each egg!
Stripey eggs from Sweet Paul are as easy as wrapping some rubber bands around each egg before dunking it in a dye bath. Different wrapping techniques and rubber band sizes will give the varied appearance in the above photo.