With a carton or two of eggs, craft supplies and a bit of imagination, you have the makings of a fun family time decorating Easter eggs. Kids will enjoy customizing their eggs. For many families, it’s an annual tradition.
The practice of decorating eggs goes all the way back to Medieval Europe. However, beautiful Easter eggs are most often associated with Ukrainians. Their little oval works of art are called pysanka, and you can see how they’re done, in this article by TripSavvy.
Easter Egg Decorations:
- How to dye Easter eggs
- Easter egg decorating ideas
- Display ideas
These days, egg hunts are as common as chickens and decorating the eggs can be as simple as child’s play. We’ve got loads of ideas, so let’s get cracking!
How to Dye Easter Eggs
In addition to eggs, you will need these items to dye the eggs:
- A bowl that’s deep enough to submerge an egg completely
- Tongs or a slotted spoon (keep in mind that the dye will colour wooden ones)
- Paper towels
- Liquid food colouring
- White vinegar
- Boiling water
Before you start to dye and decorate the eggs:
- In the bowl, mix 20 drops of food colouring with 1 tbsp. white vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water. (If you like a stronger colour, add more drops of colouring.)
- Dunk the egg in the mixture, making sure to turn it over with your tongs or spoon, so both sides get coloured.
- After 5 minutes (or longer if you like a deeper colour!) remove the egg and set it aside on a paper towel to dry. You can leave this egg coloured once, choose to add a new colour or use another one of our decorating ideas.
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How about some eggs you can eat as you decorate the real eggs? Cadbury’s Mini Crème Eggs haven’t been around as long as decorated Easter eggs, but they’re still a tradition at this time of year. Filled with either white and yellow fondant or caramel, they make a sweet Easter treat!
Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
A stroll or scroll through Walmart’s arts and crafts supplies provides an almost endless source of inspiration. Start with an egg that’s still white or dyed at least one colour and then choose a next step that seems fun to you. We’ve assembled a variety of ideas. We’re sure you’ll find one that’s eggs-actly right for your little artists!
More Easter egg decorating ideas:
Stripes: Wrap rubber bands around the egg before dipping it in a new shade.
Glitter: Give your egg some bling with glitter glue.
Diamonds: Glue on craft rhinestones or colourful faux gems.
Sprinkles: Roll your egg in glue and then in sprinkles.
Metallic: Draw on your egg with metallic markers or paints. Make zig-zags, polka dots—whatever you wish!
Speckles: Dip an old toothbrush in washable paint and flick it on. (This is one reason why we recommend wearing a smock!)
Glitter glue is the easiest way to get all the shine without showing your work! These ARTSKILLS glitter glue pens will allow your little artists to draw on the eggshell. The glue dries clear, so all you see is the glittery result. This set comes with five pretty shades of glitter.
Remember, cooked eggs don’t keep as long as raw eggs, so don’t eat any boiled eggs that have been out of the fridge for more than two hours. Consider them decorations only! We hope you’ve found lots of inspiration for decorating your Easter eggs—and Happy Easter!