Pretty No-Dye Easter Eggs
Marker Easter Eggs
Pretty patterns are modern, chic, and simple to draw. Simply use colored permanent markers to make fun designs on your dye-free Easter eggs. Don't worry if your work isn't perfect -- wobbly lines and mistakes just add character.
Gold Leaf Eggs
Decorate these gorgeous eggs in just minutes! Cover a set of ceramic eggs with a coat of acryllic paint, then use a paintbrush to brush on a gold leaf adhesive; we started from the bottom and brushed toward the top, covering about half of the egg. Let the adhesive dry according to package directions, then add gold leaf and use a dry brush to flatten the leaf and remove excess.
Buffalo Check Easter Eggs
Bring buffalo check to Easter. This of-the-moment pattern is perfect for painting on ceramic eggs. Stick to the classic black and white or mix it up with spring pastels. To get the look, paint overlapping horizontal and vertical stripes of the same color. Fill in the overlapping square with darker paint.
Unicorn Easter Eggs
An air-dry clay horn spray-painted gold and a few felt flowers turn ordinary white ceramic eggs into a set of gorgeous unicorn eggs. Use a black felt marker to add eye embellishments, and then style your unicorns. Bonus points if you display them with rainbow confetti!
Painted Easter Eggs
The whole family will love making these fun and creative painted Easter eggs. Simply find several colors of washable tempera paint and 1/2-inch-wide flat paintbrushes, then let them go wild with designs!
Washi Tape Eggs
These easy Easter eggs are decorated with patterned tape! A pretty floral pattern is the perfect touch to celebrate spring. This egg decorating idea is the perfect Easter craft for kids.
Easter Egg Decorating Hack: Use a hole punch to create fun polka dot eggs.
Cactus Easter Eggs
Instead of dyed eggs, opt for painted Easter eggs this year. To create this fun cactus look, paint eggs in various shades of green, then add details with white or black ink pens. We rolled small spirals of crepe paper to create the flower toppers, then added them to small pots with natural grass as a base.
Galaxy Painted Eggs
Recreate this far-out design with a sponge and acryllic paint. Paint a set of ceramic eggs black or navy. Use a dry sponge to dab on a galactic pattern of blue, green, purple and pink acryllic paint. Finish with a splatter of white paint and let the eggs dry before displaying.
Permanent-Marker Doodled Eggs
If you love to doodle and draw, this simple Easter egg idea is just for you! All you'll need are a few hard-cooked eggs, a permanent marker, and a lot of creativity.
Easter Egg Tip: Draw slowly and carefully, and wait for the marker to set before continuing your design on a different side. Protect your hands from marker smudges by holding your egg with a towel.
Paper Blossom Easter Eggs
These easy-to-craft blooms look perfectly pretty on plain Easter eggs. To make the flowers, cut origami paper into a range of different-size squares. Fold the squares and freehand-cut flower patterns of your choice. Using a small paintbrush, apply white glue to the backs of the flowers and adhere to eggs, pressing out excess glue or air bubbles. Cut thin strips of paper to make stems and leaves.
Tissue Paper Polka-Dot Eggs
Create simple, no-mess Easter eggs with inexpensive tissue paper. Use a hole punch to make paper dots, then use a glue stick to adhere them to hard-boiled eggs. To make the polka dots easy to pick up, wet your fingertip with a damp cloth before pressing them onto your Easter eggs.
Gorgeous Glitter Eggs
A big of glue and colorful glitter are all you need to create stunning Easter eggs. Look for glitter in a variety of sizes and colors. Sequins add a pop of color and texture to these jewels.
Our Best Tips for Hard-Boiled Eggs
Learn to boil an egg perfectly every time with our quick and easy tips! Especially if you're whipping up eggs for Easter decorating en masse, this video is a must-watch.
Rice Shaken Eggs
Give eggs a fun, colorful pattern with an unlikely material—rice! Fill a plastic cup with dry rice, a few drops of food coloring, and a ceramic or hard-boiled egg. Cover the cup's opening and shake gently until the egg is covered in this unique pattern.
Gingham Tape Easter Eggs
We're stuck on these gorgeous patterned Easter eggs. Give them more than a dye job using colorful gingham washi tape. For a patchwork effect, layer 1-inch and 1⁄2-inch pieces of tape with varying patterns; snip thin strips for a vertical version.
Easter Egg Tip: For easy trimming, stick a piece of washi tape to a cutting mat. With a utility knife and ruler, cut to desired size and shape. The tape easily peels off the mat to stick to eggs.
Abstract Art Easter Eggs
With a white hard-boiled egg as your canvas, you can inspire your inner artist and create a mini masterpiece. Use a medium-tip black permanent marker to doodle curlicue lines, broadening a few of the strokes. Fill in your design with colored permanent markers, and finish with polka dots that follow the curves of the lines.
Pretty Ribbon Easter Eggs
For fashionable Easter eggs in a hurry, look to leftover sewing scraps. Narrow ribbons and rickrack make easy egg decorations when adhered with decoupage medium. No time to fuss with glue? Self-adhesive fabric tape makes for even easier decorating and comes in a variety of pretty colors and fun patterns.
Yellow Tulip Easter Eggs
No messy dyes are needed to hatch these clever garden-inspired eggs. To create the tulip-petal pattern, tear small pieces of yellow washi tape and cover Easter eggs. For the best effect, vary the placement of the tape. Complete the blooms by placing the eggs in cupcake liners with a grasslike print, and display atop ceramic egg cups or candlesticks.
Washi Tape Easter Eggs
Japanese-style washi tape comes in a huge variety of bright hues and patterns. Cut it into geometric shapes before sticking it to the shells of your Easter eggs. Varying lengths and sizes of your shapes will create an eye-catching display that is mess-free.
Easter Egg Tip: Washi tape is readily available at crafts stores.
Tattoo Easter Eggs
Think outside the box while decorating your Easter eggs this year. Temporary tattoos stick to eggs just like they would to your skin. With a steady hand, use a damp sponge to press and hold the image on the shell for a full 30 seconds.
Flower Garden Easter Eggs
Mimic springtime flowers with this fun tabletop garden. Use leftover 3-D scrapbooking stickers to decorate your Easter eggs, then display in egg cups. This project is as easy as peel and stick!
Pastel Striped Eggs
Easter Egg Chicks
It's oh, so easy to turn plain Easter eggs into adorable chicks. Snip foam flowers in quarters to make feet, and secure them to the bottom of the egg using a dab of hot glue. Cut a small triangle from orange foam for the nose, and draw two eyes with permanent marker. Hot-glue two feathers to the back of the egg, and add a smaller feather tuft to the top of the egg for a head accent.
Yarn-Wrapped Easter Eggs
Use a bit of leftover yarn from other crafts to make these dazzling Easter eggs. Start at one end of a ball of yarn (to get a striped effect, use yarn that's dyed multiple colors) and make a 1/2-inch coil. Hot-glue the coil to one end of your egg, and press with your fingers to secure. Wrap the yarn slowly around the egg, securing with dabs of hot glue at 1/4-inch intervals. When you're close to the other end of your egg, cut the yarn and finish your coil.
Chenille-Stem Egg Bunnies
Chenille stems and cotton balls add Easter bunny flair to these eggs. Take one chenille stem (you'll need a full one for each egg), set the egg in the middle, and twist the two ends together at the top of the egg. Fold each end over to make the ears, and twist to secure. Glue a matching cotton ball to the backside of the egg, and draw a face on the front with permanent marker to complete the look.
Easter Egg Tip: To prevent the chenille stem from slipping off the egg, secure with a dab of glue at the top and bottom. Let dry before putting your bunnies on display.
Button-Decorated Easter Eggs
A bag of crafts store buttons is all you need for this no-dye Easter egg design. Play around with different button colors and sizes to form pretty shapes (such as the flowers shown here), and hot-glue them to hard-cooked eggs for a quick and easy Easter project.
Flower Sticker Easter Eggs
Neon dot stickers from an office supply store add a fresh spring look to Easter eggs. Alternate colors to create your bouquet. Then set your eggs in a flowerpot with green fabric to round out your Easter garden display.
Potted Plants Easter Eggs
Let kids create a fun (and mess-free) indoor garden with colorful floral scrapbook stickers and basic hard-boiled eggs. Make every Easter egg a star by propping each in its own mini terra-cotta pot. Dress up the planters by hot-gluing ribbon around the top edge.
Add springtime flair to your home with these delightful fabric-covered eggs. Attach bright fabric remnants to a double-sided adhesive sheet. Make sure to smooth out air bubbles. Cut the sheet into strips, remove the backing, and attach to eggs. Repeat until you have your desired look.
Polka-Dot Glitter Eggs
Using a crafts punch, punch circles from double-sided adhesive. Attach them to the eggs. Pour different colors of glitter into separate bowls. Roll each egg in glitter; remove excess with a clean paintbrush. For a multicolor egg, place a few stickers on an egg at a time. Roll in glitter, remove excess, adhere more circles, and repeat with a different color of glitter.
Glitter-Striped Easter Eggs
Create vibrant bands of color by attaching 1/8-inch-wide double-sided adhesive strips to an egg. Pour different colors of glitter into separate bowls. Remove the backing from one strip of adhesive, and, starting with the darkest color first, firmly roll the egg in glitter. Remove excess glitter with a clean paintbrush. Repeat for each color.