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10 Stunning DIY Egg Tutorials for the Prettiest Easter Basket Around

March 27, 2018

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.

1. Vegetable-Scrap Easter Eggs

Why spend money on egg-dyeing kits when you can just use your vegetable scraps? Yes, you read that right!

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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.

2. Rainbow Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

Photo by One Little Project

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.

3. Ice Cream Sprinkle Eggs

Photo by Let's Mingle

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.

4. Rice Shake Easter Eggs

Photo by Crafty Morning

Kids will love this unique method of coloring Easter eggs. For Crafty Morning’s “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—just don’t shake too hard, or else you’ll crack them!

5. Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Photo by Hello Wonderful

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.

6. Oil Marbled Easter Eggs

Photo by Crafty Morning

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!

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“I've seen directions for using Cool Whip or whipped cream instead of shaving cream too; those would be more food-safe.”
— Rebecca

This tutorial from Crafty Morning requires two rounds of dyeing, but the end results are totally worth it for beautifully marbled Easter decorations.

7. Pretty Pastel Eggs

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.

8. Indigo Marbled Eggs

Photo by Alice & Lois

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.

9. Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Photo by SheKnows

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.

10. Onion Skin Easter 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.

How will you be dyeing your eggs this Easter? Share your favorite tutorial with us below!


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Elly K. March 30, 2018
they are stunning, but i'm pretty sure those shaving cream eggs and nail polish eggs would be, if not toxic, then at least of questionable safety. egg shells are porous, after all.
Rebecca April 2, 2018
I've seen directions for using Cool Whip or whipped cream instead of shaving cream too; those would be more food-safe.
Marissa J. April 17, 2019
The nail polish eggs called for faux eggs, not real ones, which would be fun because then you could display your hard work year after year!
Marissa J. April 17, 2019
The nail polish eggs called for faux eggs, which would be fun because then you could display your work year after year.