Egg decorating is a traditional way to celebrate Easter, but if you are still merely dunking your eggs in dye then it’s time to take them one step further! Here are nine unique designs that you can do at home, with cheap materials available from stores like CraftStash.
Note: You can choose to use plastic eggs, hard boiled eggs, or an egg which has been ‘blown out’ for these designs.
Temporary tattoo egg
- Start by painting your egg (unless you want to leave it plain).
- Leave your egg to dry completely.
- Remove the plastic film from your chosen tattoo and place it on the egg, design down.
- Hold in place and apply water over the tattoo paper with a paintbrush.
- Carefully remove the backing paper.
- Half fill a cup with water (not too full or it will overflow!)
- Add a teaspoon of vinegar.
- Add drops of food colouring until you are happy with the colour.
- Pop your hardboiled eggs in the cups.
- Take out with a tablespoon and allow to dry.
- For a glossier egg, wipe with vegetable oil.
- Trim your napkin using small scissors and discard the lower sheets, keeping the top layer.
- Coat part of your egg with decoupage glue using a small brush.
- Apply a piece of the napkin to the egg and smooth with a brush.
- Allow to dry and repeat with as many pieces as you like.
- Apply decoupage glue to the whole egg when you’re finished and allow to dry.
- Pick a plastic egg in a similar colour to your twine, or paint it the correct colour.
- Hot glue the end of the twine to one end of the egg and allow to dry.
- Coat part of your egg in decoupage glue and wrap the twine around the egg.
- When you reach the middle, cut the twine and begin again from the other end.
- Continue wrapping until the two halves meet, then trim and adjust.
- Brush glue onto the egg.
- Set the egg in a bowl of glitter.
- Cover the egg totally with a spoon.
- Remove from the bowl and allow to dry.
- Paint or dye your eggs the desired colour and allow to dry.
- Apply gold leaf foil glue in the desired pattern and leave to dry until it is tacky.
- Press down the gold leaf with your finger.
- Rub it with a paintbrush to smooth it out.
- Remove any loose pieces of gold leaf with a paper towel once you’ve finished.
- Wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk (ties work well), with the printed side face down. Secure it with a twist tie.
- Place the egg in a piece of un-dyed cotton and secure with a twist tie.
- Pop the egg in a water-filled saucepan so that they are completely covered, and add three tablespoons of white vinegar.
- Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for a minimum of 40 minutes.
- Remove the eggs and allow to cool.
- Remove the silk.
- Use masking tape to create designs on your egg.
- Use food colouring to dye the egg.
- Allow to dry and then remove the tape.
Easter egg tree
Finally, create an Easter egg tree to show off your designs!