6 Fun Alternatives to Dyeing Easter Eggs
Dyeing Easter eggs can be a great family project, but it’s far from the only way to decorate them this spring.
Maybe you’ve got very young kids who want something a bit more hands-on than just dunking an egg into a cup. Or maybe you want to create a more grown-up version of the Easter egg – one that will look beautiful nestled into an Easter-themed centerpiece.
Whatever you’re looking for, take a look at this list for some fun alternative ideas to dyeing Easter eggs!
Young children may enjoy painting eggs more than dyeing them, as it allows them to exercise their creativity and use bolder, brighter colors.
If you’re painting eggs, all you need are a few hard-boiled eggs, paintbrushes and some kids’ fingerpaint, tempera paint, or watercolors. You can also use sponges to create a more textured look. Children may also enjoy placing stickers in the shape of birds, flowers, etc. on their eggs and painting around them. After the paint dries, remove the stickers and you’ll have a design in white relief.
If you’re ready to get a little bit messy, glittery eggs can be tons of fun!
One method of creating sparkly, glitter-covered eggs is to first dye the eggs and let them dry. Then, mix together Elmer’s glue and whatever color glitter you want to use, and paint the eggs with the mixture. Since the glue will dry clear, all that will show up is the glitter.
Another way to create glittery eggs is to simply paint them with Elmer’s glue, sprinkle some glitter on a piece of paper, and roll the eggs through the glitter.
Black-and-white doodled eggs
Sketch out a pattern or design you want to create on paper first, so you have an idea of what your finished product will look like. Then draw that design onto a hard-boiled or blown egg. Geometric patterns, floral designs, and other repeating patterns will look best.
Pressed flower eggs
If you have time to press some flowers before making your Easter eggs, this can be a wonderful, unique project.
About a week or so before you want to create your eggs, pick a few flowers (make sure they’re clean and dry) and press them in a flower press. If you don’t have a press, simply line a book with parchment paper, sandwich the flowers between the paper, and weigh it down with a heavy encyclopedia or other book.
Fabric-dyed Easter eggs
One interesting way to create unique dyed eggs is to wrap them in a textured fabric, like lace or tulle, and dip them into Easter egg dye.
Cut a square of your chosen fabric, wrap it around the egg, and secure it with a rubber band. Then dip the egg into your dye, allow it to dry, and remove the fabric. You’ll end up with a beautiful egg covered in an intricate design.
Somewhat akin to glitter eggs, sprinkle eggs are easy to make and especially fun for kids.
To start, pour some pastel (or any color you like!) sprinkles into a bowl. You want your egg to have plenty of room. Paint your egg with glue (something a bit stronger than Elmer’s will be necessary – Studio DIY suggests tacky glue) and then press the egg into the sprinkles in the bowl.
To cover the rest of the egg, spoon the sprinkles over it and firmly press the curved part of the spoon onto the egg to help the sprinkles set.
Easter is the perfect time to create original egg decorations that are a bit more out of the ordinary than your typical dyed eggs. For more creative springtime projects, take a look at our post “Take Incredible Springtime Photos with These Photography Tips.”