Decorating Easter eggs is a fun tradition many families enjoy. But maybe your family is tired of using the same old dye kit year after year. Or maybe you love using a dye kit, but are looking for new techniques to try. Try one or more of these unique ways to decorate Easter eggs!
Here are 8 unique ways to decorate Easter eggs.
First, here are some ideas that don’t need a traditional dye kit.
This one can be a bit messy, but kids love it! Spray foam shaving cream into a small bowl or container. Add several drops of food coloring. Put the egg in the container and roll it around until it is completely covered. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the shaving cream off with cold water.
Use your favorite paint (you can try different kinds—tempera, acrylic, water color, etc.) and a small brush. Paint designs, scenery, write words—the possibilities are endless! When using this method, just be sure to let one side dry before you tackle the other side to avoid smearing.
If you have little ones, you might not want to deal with the mess of traditional Easter egg dye kits. But our littlest kiddos still want to be included in the fun. An easy solution is to grab a bunch of stickers from your local dollar store, and let your little ones plaster their eggs with stickers!
This technique is a bit more challenging (and messy), so you might want to reserve it for older kiddos. Tear up small squares of newspaper, magazine, or tissue paper. Using a small paintbrush, attach these squares to your egg with either egg white or Mod-Podge. After the pieces are all attached, put another coat on as a sealant.
Here are some techniques to use with a traditional dye kit.
Wrap one or multiple rubber bands tightly around your egg so they are snug against the shell. Soak the egg to your desired color. Let it dry and then take off the rubber band(s). This leaves a fun white-striped pattern on your egg.
You can buy a separate tie-dye coloring kit, but you can easily do tie-dye with your regular kit. Wrap an egg in a scrap of very thin fabric (cottons work well). Take an eye dropper or small syringe, suck up some dye, and squirt it on various places on the egg. Make sure to use enough so that the dye soaks through the fabric. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes to absorb the dye.
The secret ingredient? Butter. It might sound crazy, but using butter is an easy way to make patterns on an egg. Just apply a small circle of butter to any part of the egg where you don’t want traditional egg dye to stick. Once the egg is dyed, wipe off the butter. (Note: this will make your dye oily, so use this technique on your last set of eggs.)
Crinkle up a small piece of tin foil, and wrap your egg inside. Place the egg inside your dye cup and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Using tin foil gives your egg a crackled appearance.
No matter what age your kids are, I hope that you were able to find a new idea in this list to try out this year. Try some different ways to decorate Easter eggs this year. Happy decorating!