The dying of Easter Eggs is a family tradition in many homes. The more creative you get with your designs, the more fun you and your kids will have with this project. Most decoration ideas are simple enough for the kids, but as with any potentially messy craft involving liquids and fragile items, adult supervision is usually a good idea.
Supplies Needed To Decorate Easter Eggs
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Egg cartons
- Plastic spoons
- Paper cups
- Paper towels
- Old newspaper
- Baby wipes (for clean-up)
- Egg dying kit of your choice
- Craft glue
- Paint brush
- Craft paint
- Wax paper
- Various embellishments (glitter, stickers, sequins, fabric scraps, etc…)
Before you begin, be sure to prepare your work area. Cover the table with old newspapers to soak up any spills or glue drips. Be sure to have a supply of paper towels and baby wipes on hand to clean any bigger messes or sticky hands.
Next, prepare the dye according to the instructions on the package. Use the paper cups and plastic spoons to prepare each different color. Most dyes will be made with hot water and vinegar, plus the dye tablet or packet. After each egg is dyed, use the egg cartons to allow the eggs to dry.
Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
- Try drawing on the eggs with crayon and then dye them. The areas with the crayon will not absorb the dye. If you draw on the eggs while they are still from boiling, the crayon will melt a bit and create deeper colors. Use oven mitts to hold the egg so you do not burn your hands.
- Decoupage is a really fun way to spice up your eggs. Cut out photos from magazines or bits of wrapping paper and glue the paper on the egg. Use the paint brush to cover the design and entire egg with glue. Use a few coats of glue to be sure your design will stay. If you want to dye the egg for a colored background, dye it first and allow the egg to dry before adding the cut-out design to the egg.
- After dying your eggs, try adding a variety of embellishments to make it sparkle. Glitter can be added to either the whole egg or select parts; spread glue wherever you want the glitter, pour it over the glue and shake off the excess. Try adding other décor like stickers, sequins using the glue or even small scraps of fabric and lace.
- You can make a swirled pattern on your eggs using paint. Tear off a piece of wax paper about the size of a piece of paper. Crumple the paper and then open it back up. Put two different colors of paint next to each other on the wax paper. Next, fold the paper to slightly mix and swirl the two paint colors the open the paper again. Put the egg in the mixed paint and roll it around to coat it. Let the egg dry and clean up your hands with the baby wipes.
- The paint can also be used to paint designs directly onto the eggs. Kids will enjoy painting their names or try simple designs like the sun, flowers, happy faces or anything you can imagine. Dye the eggs first if you choose and add painted decorations once they are dry.
Kids and adults will enjoy working together as a family to create these fun egg designs. Be sure to tell the kids that the Easter Bunny will also be very impressed with their creativity.