Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Hop to it! These pretty Easter egg dyeing techniques are perfect for the kid in you. These dyeing and decorating ideas, including pretty ideas for coloring Easter eggs and easy embellishments you can create with crafts supplies, ensure you'll have a happy Easter.
Inexpensive watercolor paints provide an array of colorful ways to improve your Easter basket haul. For marvelous marbled Easter eggs, use a round brush or the eraser end of a pencil. Create a two-tone effect by adding water to the original color and stamping on a second round of dots.
Nature inspired both the egg colors and embellishments in this pretty group. Beets, purple cabbage, and turmeric combine with white vinegar to create the rich yellows, blues, and pinks. After drying, decorate the eggs with natural objects, such as petals, leaves, and flowers, using a thin layer of matte-finish decoupage medium.
You don't have to be an artist to produce these eye-catching Easter eggs. All you need is some rubber cement and your favorite shade of dye. Color your eggs and let dry, blot with the glue, and dip them into a second coat of color. Once dry, gently rub the glue away and repeat until you achieve your desired appearance.
Editor's Note: Rubber cement is not food-safe and these eggs should not be consumed.
Create a collage of showstopping patterns by cutting out small pieces of washi tape. Press the tape onto the eggs, making sure to remove any air bubbles, in geometric patterns before dipping into dye. Remove a few of the tape pieces before dying the eggs a second time. The result? Ombre eggs as pretty as a painting.
Tie eggs tightly with string, then plunge into colorful dye baths. Let them dry before removing the string to reveal white lines. To make stripes that are a lighter shade of your desired color, dye eggs first, then add the string and dye again.
For beautiful blades of grass, cut origami paper in graduated sizes and shades of green. Starting with the biggest cutout, add white glue to the back and mold the paper onto the bottom of an egg. Repeat with medium-size and small cutouts, staggering placement of the blades. Top with a craft-punched butterfly, and elevate the elegant designs atop egg cups and candlesticks.
All you need for these pretty gingham eggs is a little leftover beet juice and some electrical tape. Cover the eggs with squares of electric tape and dip into the dye. After letting dry, remove a few pieces of tape and repeat. The all-natural dye can be soft and subtle or bold and intense, depending on how long you soak your Easter eggs.
Give Easter eggs a gorgeous garden-inspired finish with dimensional floral scrapbook stickers. After pressing the pretty blooms onto dyed eggs, display the dressed-up decorations in silver egg cups.
Fashion cute and creative crawlers out of pastel origami paper and adhere to dyed Easter eggs. A coating of decoupage medium keeps the kid-favorite creatures in place. For small details, like eyes, use a miniature hole punch.
To make these swirled Easter eggs, simply pick a few complementary colors and get started! Drizzle an egg with rubber cement, let dry, then dip in dye. When dry, gently peel off the rubber cement. Repeat two (or even three!) times with additional colors.
These so-cute (and so-creative) Easter egg chicks are surprisingly easy to make. Dye white eggs canary yellow, let dry, and glue a quill feather to the top. Cut out a beak from orange paper and glue it on. Use a marker to make two dots for eyes, and place your feathered friend in a piece of cracked eggshell set in a nest of raffia.
For a fresh take on dyeing your Easter eggs, go all-natural! These Easter egg dye recipes are all food- or plant-based and create beautifully subdued shades. Just simmer beets, blueberries, or other natural ingredients in a cup of water with a dash of vinegar to create the colors. Leave eggs soaking in the dye in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors; just a few minutes will work for more subtle results.
We love the way golds and silvers add a sophisticated touch to even the simplest of decorations. To make this Easter egg design, turn to metallic-hue paint pens after dying your eggs. Simply draw whatever suits you -- try polka dots, stripes, or a dip-dyed effect.
Create a dimensional design with your Easter eggs. Simply decorate your dyed eggs using colored puffy-paint pens in complementary colors. You can easily create flowers, geometric patterns, and other fun designs.
Wrapping an Easter egg in textured fabric before dyeing makes an intricate pattern that looks like hand-painting. To create this look, use fabrics such as lace, cheesecloth, or netting. Wrap a square of your chosen fabric tightly around the egg, twist to close, and secure with a rubber band. Dunk the egg in food-safe dye, using the fabric tail as a handle.
Easter Egg Tip: For best results, use a new piece of cheesecloth for each egg. Other fabrics can be used multiple times.
You'll never guess the secret ingredient in this easy egg-dyeing method -- it's food coloring! To give your eggs a fun color and texture, moisten a paper towel slightly with vinegar, then wrap it around an egg, making sure it's not layered too thick. Gently press the tips of food-coloring tubes onto the paper towel, using no more than three colors at a time. Let the covered egg sit for a few minutes, then remove the paper towel to reveal your groovy creation.
Add a little sparkle to your holiday with this simple way of decorating Easter eggs! To make this easy Easter egg idea, simply mix glue with glitter that matches your dyed egg and paint on with a small paintbrush. The glue will dry clear, leaving just the glitter visible.
For this modern take on Easter egg decorating, you'll have to get a little messy. Once your dyed eggs have dried, dip a paintbrush in black paint. Hover the brush over the center of the egg and tap the handle to splatter the paint. Play around with the technique -- the harder you tap the brush, the bigger the splatter marks.
Add fun Easter designs to your dyed eggs using paint. Wait until your eggs are completely dry, then paint a bunny on your egg with crafts paint. Once the paint is dry, add a bit of definition to the shape with pink glitter paint and a permanent marker.
Decorating Easter eggs has never been easier. Create a bold look with graphic stripes on dyed eggs with rubber bands. Wrap eggs with wide rubber bands (the ones often found on broccoli at the supermarket) before dunking them in dye. Wash rubber bands well between uses to avoid transferring dye.
To create these fun and funky Easter egg designs, dye your eggs using an egg-dyeing kit and let dry completely. Firmly adhere white stickers around an egg, pressing out any air bubbles.
Before you learn how to make Easter eggs, you need to master the technique of hard-boiling! Start with these helpful tips and tricks.
After dyeing Easter eggs your favorite colors, use a pencil eraser to dot white paint onto the surface. Tie a plastic initial charm onto pretty gingham ribbon before gluing to the eggs for a personal touch.
For a pretty two-tone egg embellishment, add a band of lacy fabric to match the color of your dyed egg. Cut the fabric to fit the egg (you'll need about 3-4 inches, depending on the size of your egg) and secure each end with hot glue.
Anyone can easily re-create this egg design with a bit of paint and a few different brushes. Once your dyed eggs have dried completely, dip a thin-tip paintbrush in one color of paint and add a few dots. Let dry for a few minutes, then rinse your brush to add a different color of paint. Play around with brush size and paint color to create a stylish egg design.
If you're dreaming of a tropical vacation, this Easter egg design is for you. Match colorful starfish to brightly dyed Easter eggs, securing them with hot glue.
Easter Egg Tip: To give your eggs a bit of beachy texture, brush on a thin layer of decoupage medium and sprinkle with sand before adding your starfish.
After dyeing Easter eggs, give them a quick and stylish band. Cut a 1/2-inch-wide strip of patterned paper long enough to wrap around the middle of the egg. Use a border punch on the strip edges for a fun design, and adhere the ends using white glue. Attach an adhesive paper flower to the band for an extra dose of spring charm.