8 Ways to Decorate Eggs for Easter That You Can Still Eat

Here are the best no-waste ways to decorate eggs for Easter.

Decorating Easter eggs is a favorite springtime tradition, but some egg-dyeing techniques use ingredients that make the eggs not safe to eat once they're decorated. And since limiting food waste is always a good idea, we're being extra-mindful of how we decorate eggs this season.

If you're not sure what techniques are food-safe or not, consider what materials are used in the decorating process: A good rule of thumb is not to use anything you wouldn't eat, since anything used can permeate through the shell of the eggs.

Luckily, it's easy to create gorgeous dyed eggs that are beautiful and can be eaten later, so nothing goes to waste. Whether you're serving the eggs as part of your Easter brunch or saving them to eat with your leftovers, here are eight food-safe ways to decorate eggs at home so you can partake in this classic Easter tradition without contributing to food waste.

Each of these methods can be used with hard-boiled eggs, so you can put them right back in the fridge to eat later. Keep in mind that the American Egg Board recommends eggs should only be out of the fridge for two hours, so they should go right back in once you're done decorating.

01 of 08

Whipped Cream-Dyed Eggs

easter eggs decorated with colorful swirls

Normally this Easter egg project calls for decorating eggs with shaving cream, but we tested it with whipped cream and it works just as well, and the finished eggs are totally safe to eat! Add whipped cream to a baking dish, place drops of liquid food coloring on the surface, and use a toothpick to add a marble design. Then roll your eggs across the whipped cream to create bold and colorful eggs.

02 of 08

Instant Pot Eggs

bowl of pastel dyed eggs in bowl next to instant pot and food coloring
Brie Passano

If you have an Instant Pot and six extra minutes, you can dye and decorate your eggs simultaneously. The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen tried this method, and it couldn't be easier to do at home. And since the only ingredients are water and food coloring, the hard-boiled eggs are completely safe to eat.

03 of 08

Natural Egg Dyes

using natural dyes for easter egg decorating
Brie Passano

Don't throw away those onion skins! This season we're focused on wasting as little as possible, and our natural egg dye recipes are an easy way to make sure everything in your kitchen gets put to good use.

04 of 08

Rice-Dyed Eggs

bright speckled eggs on rice
Jacob Fox

If you have plain dry rice in your pantry, try this easy egg-dyeing method: Put a scoop of rice into a plastic cup, add a few drops of food coloring, drop an egg in, and gently shake.

05 of 08

Oil and Vinegar Marbleized Eggs

decorated easter eggs sitting in bowl
Brie Passano

The secret to these colorful marbleized Easter eggs is hiding in your kitchen cupboard. Mix up your egg dye by combining white vinegar and food coloring. Dip your dyed eggs in a vegetable oil and water mixture to create a pretty marble design.

06 of 08

Food Coloring Dyed Eggs

dyed easter eggs checkered pattern
Blaine Moats

One of the easiest ways to dye eggs at home uses just three ingredients. Skip the messy store-bought dye tablets and mix food coloring, vinegar, and water to create your colorful egg dyes. Next, dip plain eggs in the mixture (the longer you leave them, the deeper the color will be), then store them in the fridge until it's time to whip up a delicious Easter brunch recipe.

Editor's Tip: Place strips of thin washi tape ($6, Amazon) on the eggs before placing them in the dye to create stripes or a plaid design.

07 of 08

Baking Soda and Vinegar Eggs

tie dye rubber glue swirled eggs
Jacob Fox

Looking for an activity to keep the kids busy? These baking soda-dyed eggs double as a fun kids' science experiment! Use baking soda and vinegar to create a bubbly tie-dye pattern on your eggs.

Editor's Tip: The original project includes directions to create a design out of rubber cement, but you'll need to skip that to keep the eggs edible.

08 of 08

Tie-Dye Eggs

baking soda tie dye eggs
Jacob Fox

Brighten up your fridge by preparing a carton full of tie-dye eggs. To get the nostalgic pattern, wrap your eggs in a paper towel and spray with vinegar and food coloring. It's so easy; kids of all ages will be able to help! Just be sure to get your eggs back in the fridge within two hours so you can eat them later.

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