Affordable and Fun Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

easter eggsEaster is only a few weeks away and now is a great time to start decorating all those eggs! Below are some fun and affordable ways to decorate that the whole family can join in on. Most items can be found in your pantry, local grocery store or craft store.

Hard-Boiled Egg Basics:
Place eggs in a pot and fill with water. Boil, reduce heat, add 3 tablespoons of vinegar, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove eggs from pot with tongs and let cool for about 40 minutes.

DIY Dye:
For each dye bath combine 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 tsp vinegar and 10 drops of food coloring in a bowl. Start with 5 drops red and 5 drops yellow, for orange for example, or 6 drops blue and 4 drops green for turquoise.

Dip hard-boiled eggs in dye bath for 3-5 minutes, extend time for richer color. Try using tongs to dip only half an egg in one color, then dip other half in a different color.

Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove eggs and place on wax paper to dry, blot any excess with a paper towel.

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Tie-Dyed Eggs:
Add a psychedelic spin on Easter with these tie-dyed eggs.

Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the dye mixture and stir with a fork. Roll egg gently in bath to pick of streaks of color. Remove egg from bath and blot oil off with a paper towel, then dry on wax paper. Once dry, lightly dip in another color if desired.

 

spreckled eggsSpeckles:
DIY speckled Easter eggs — and this is a perfect project for younger tots to get in on the decorating fun.
To make your own, simply mix your food coloring and vinegar, and add your hard boiled eggs as you normally would. Once your eggs have gained their pretty pastel colors, simply flick on some brown craft paint using an old toothbrush.

 

Using Stickers and Tape:Eggs Stickers Tape
To add designs use masking tape cut into strips or use small vinyl stickers and place them on the egg before dying. Once slightly dry peel off gently. You can also use a white crayon to write names or draw pictures. Rubber bands will also give you a nice stripe effect.

 

fabric paint eggsSpots:
Your kids can apply Scribbles dimensional fabric paint ($10 for a six-pack; amazon.com) in assorted colors to make textural lines and dots on eggs they’ve already dyed.

 

 

 

Kool-Eggs:kool-aid-easter-eggs
Noting that Kool-Aid can be a tad bit messy and that all mixing should be done over the sink to prevent stained countertops, you can typically find about five Kool-Aid packets for only $1, and this dyeing project only requires two steps: dunking the eggs into the Kool-Aid/water mix and stirring. Super-easy, inexpensive, and gorgeous! Smells great too!

Non-Dye Options

crayola swirlySwirly Palette:
Kids can brush squiggles of Crayola washable tempera paint (available at Wal-Mart) on boiled white eggs with a 1/2-wide flat paintbrush.

 

 

Sparkle Eggs:glitter easter eggs
Consider making gorgeous glitter Easter eggs. Simply coat eggs with a thin layer of craft glue and spoon glitter over egg. Allow to dry on wax paper.

 

 

chalkboard eggsPersonalized Easter Eggs:
Chalkboard paint is all the rage – and that’s exactly why we love these cool chalkboard Easter eggs. To get started on making your own, you’ll want to poke a hole in each end of your egg using a nail to blow/suck out the insides. Thread dried spaghetti or skewers through the eggs for painting, so that the coat will come out evenly. This project works well with hard-boiled eggs too. Paint one side at a time. The best part – they can be personalized with decorations over and over again with white or pastel chalk!

 

If you plan to eat your Easter Eggs, never leave them unrefrigerated at any point for more than 2 hours.

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