These creative tips for Easter egg decorating will help you break the mold of the standard solid colors. Dying eggs is a fun activity for children of all ages. Hard boil the eggs and allow them to cool completely before beginning.
Dye the eggs according to the directions on the box and then decorate once they’re dried. Use stickers, or use glue to add some rhinestones for a dazzling effect. Try adding oil to the standard dye and vinegar mix for a marbled look. Swirl the dye with a spoon before quickly dipping the eggs in and out. Try adding a second or even third color using the same method. Gently pat the egg dry with a clean paper towel and allow it to dry.
The dye won’t adhere to wax, so try decorating your eggs with crayons. Some kits include a clear color crayon so that the eggshell color shines through. But you can use regular crayons to bring an extra burst of color to the egg. Draw designs directly on the egg and then dip in the dye. Remove the egg and allow it to dry. Try using the colors to draw a face on the egg. Make one for each family member! Don’t forget the hair, eyeglasses or make-up. Similarly, the eggs won’t dye on any area that’s covered. Use rubber bands to create broad stripes of white, or remove them between colors and create bold stripes in different hues.
You don’t need the box of dyes to decorate your eggs. Try painting directly on the shell with watercolors. These fine pastel colors are perfect for the Easter season. Use different sized brushes for different effects. For more advanced and lasting techniques, blow out and cure your eggs in the oven. Then paint the eggs with lasting tempura or acrylic paints and use them year to year for decoration.