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How to Decorate Easter Eggs

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Decorating Easter eggs is a fun activity that you can do with kids. There are a lot of ways to make the eggs colorful without sticking to a traditional kit. When working with art supplies, always work with hard boiled eggs. After ten minutes on the stove and some cool-down time, you're ready! Assemble your materials and get started.


Dyeing Easter Eggs

  1. Boil the eggs.Put the eggs in a pan of water. Turn the heat to medium. Allow the eggs to boil for about fifteen minutes. Then, remove the eggs and allow them to cool.
    • While the eggs are boiling, use that time to cover the area where you will be dyeing the eggs with newspaper or paper towels.
  2. Fill a container.If you’re only dyeing one egg, you can use a cup (236.6 ml). For several eggs, you should use a larger, plastic container. Fill the container with ½ cup of water, one teaspoon of white vinegar, and about twenty drops of any food color. You will know that you’ve used liquid if the egg completely submerges in the water.
    • Fill several containers if you will be using different colors. Each color should have its own container.
  3. Soak the egg for 5 minutes.Place the egg on a spoon and dunk the egg into the liquid. Turn the egg around so that both sides get color. Allow the egg to soak for five minutes. Leave the egg longer if you’d like a darker color.
  4. Dye the egg multiple colors.You can dye the egg at least two colors by dipping only one section of the egg in at a time. This works best if you start with a fresh, boiled egg that has not been dyed yet. Hold one half of the egg so that only half of it is submerged in the dye. After about five minutes, submerge the other half of the egg in another color.
    • You will probably have to hold the egg as it soaks to submerge only half of it.
  5. Remove the egg.You can use tongs to gently remove the egg. Put the egg(s) in an egg carton to dry. The egg is now ready to be used for decoration.

Making Glitter Eggs

  1. Use a plastic egg.Real eggs are difficult to use with this method because they break easily. A plastic or paper mache egg is best to use. You can use any color egg you’d like.
  2. Paint the egg.You don’t have to paint the egg if it’s already the same color as the glitter you will be using. If it isn’t, choose a color of acrylic paint that is the same color as your glitter. Use a paint or sponge brush to coat the egg in two or three layers of paint. Wait until the egg completely dries to move on.
  3. Apply Mod Podge.Use a separate sponge brush to apply a thick coat of mod podge to the egg. Make sure all of the egg gets covered with the Mod Podge. This part will be messy, and your fingers will likely get covered with glue.
    • You can use baby wipes to get the glue off of your fingers.
  4. Pour glitter over the egg.Put the egg into a plastic cup. The narrowest part of the egg should be facing upward. Pour glitter over the egg. Gently shake the cup so that the glitter covers the egg. You can add more glitter if necessary.
  5. Allow time to dry.Once the egg is coated in glitter, give it thirty to sixty minutes to dry. You can leave the egg in the cup as it dries, or place it in an egg carton.

Painting the Eggs

  1. Boil the eggs.Hard boil the eggs for fifteen minutes. Allow the eggs to cool completely. Set them in the fridge if you'd like to speed up the process.
  2. Use acrylic paint.Acrylic paint is ideal for eggs because it covers them well and adheres nicely. You can use any brand and color of acrylic paint that you’d like. Use a paintbrush to create fun designs. Since eggs are pretty small, get some fine-pointed paint brushes for more intricate designs.
    • You may want to cover the area where you will be painting with newspaper.
  3. Paint one half of the egg at a time.You can paint any design you want. You can leave it one color, paint geometrical patterns and shapes, or turn the egg into a cute animal—like a bird. Let it dry before painting the other half to avoid smearing the paint.
  4. Create a sponged effect.You can use this technique if the egg has been painted one, solid color. Wait until the first layer of paint dried. Then, use a dry sponge to apply white paint on the eggs after the other paint dries. Don’t use a lot of paint. Use a thin layer of white paint and dab the sponge all over the eggs.
  5. Allow the eggs to dry.Wait ten or fifteen minutes for the eggs to dry. Handle them carefully when you move them. Display your Easter eggs as you wish.

Using Old Ties

  1. Find a silk tie.Use a tie that you won’t be wearing anymore. The tie should be 100% silk. A tie made of any other material won’t work. Choose a tie that has an interesting pattern. Dark purple, blue, and red ties work the best.
    • It doesn't necessarily have to be a beautiful tie. “Uglier” ties sometimes make the most beautiful eggs.
    • If you don't have any ties laying around, silk ties can be found cheap at most thrift shops.
  2. Cut up the seam.This should double the size of your tie, which will give you a piece large enough to work with. Cut out a section that can easily wrap around your egg. You'll need a section of the material that wraps around the egg and can be held together. Leave about five centimeters of excess fabric.
  3. Wrap your egg.Wrap the egg in the tie. The right side of the tie material (the side you would see if you were wearing it) should directly touch the egg. Wrap the egg as tightly as possible without breaking the egg.
    • The folds in the fabric will form a swirly pattern.
  4. Secure with a tie.Use a twisty tie to secure the fabric at the top of the egg. A string works, too, but a twisty tie is much easier to work with. Secure on the long side of the egg if you want the opposite end of the egg to show the pattern the best. Tie the egg horizontally if you want the wide side of the egg to show the design.
  5. Wrap the egg with a second layer.Use a lightweight and lightly colored fabric. You can use a pillowcase, thin dish cloth, or sheet. Wrap the fabric tightly around the egg, and secure it with another twisty tie.
  6. Boil the egg.Put the egg in a pot. Cover it with water. Add 1/4 cup (50 g) of vinegar. Boil for about 20 minutes. Then, take them off the heat and put them in a colander or on a towel to dry.
  7. Allow them to cool.Give them about ten minutes to cool down before you touch them. Then, remove the fabric. Be careful when handling the freshly dyed eggs.
  8. That's it!Be creative and give free rein to your imagination as you make more eggs.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    I am entering an Easter egg decorating competition. What can I do to win?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The judges in Easter egg competitions are often impressed with precise pictures. They are also impressed by cute or unique designs as well. Avoid using egg-painting kits that you'd find in a grocery store, however.
  • Question
    Can you substitute the tie for any piece of cloth?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    A silk tie works best, but you can use another silk piece of fabric. Polyester, which can sometimes look and feel similar to silk, won't work.
  • Question
    Can you use Sharpies (permanent markers) to write on eggs? Should it be done before or after you dye the egg?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can use Sharpies. The metallic Sharpies on a solid color of dye produce a gorgeous effect. Try adding it before and after to find the best effect, as the dye color and pattern will affect its outcome. However, usually adding after makes the best sense.
  • Question
    Can you use any material other than a tie?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can use another silk material. It just needs to be silk.
  • Question
    Can I use watercolor instead of acrylic paint?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Watercolor will not work well. Try using food coloring: one drop of liquid food coloring and 2.5 tbsp of water.
  • Question
    Can I use any material other than dye?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can color them with a store bought kit, you could paint them, use stickers, markers, string, and more. Get creative, and you can decorate them with almost anything
  • Question
    Is it safe to decorate eggs with gel pens?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    While it is probably safe, it doesn't work very well because the surface doesn't bind to the gel, and if just goes all smeary. So, it's best not to.
  • Question
    Hi, I have bought an egg making set with paint and a thin brush. How should I paint it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can use the the thin paintbrush for intricate designs, like geometric patterns.
  • Question
    How long does it take to decorate an Easter egg?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This will depend how dark you want it. It takes just a few seconds to dip an egg into water that has food coloring in it.
  • Question
    Can you eat the eggs after you decorate them with acryllic paint?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, you should not eat them once they have been painted.
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Before decorating Easter eggs, hard boil the eggs by boiling them for 15 minutes, then letting them cool. Once your eggs are ready, fill a bowl with 1/2 cup of water, one teaspoon of vinegar, and 20 drops of food coloring. Next, put the egg in the bowl and let it soak for 5 minutes. Remove it when it’s the color you want, then let it dry in a carton. To add glitter to your eggs, spread some mod podge onto them with a small brush, then sprinkle the glitter over them and let it dry.

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  • Use an old sheet or newspaper on the work area to keep it from getting messy with the supplies.
  • Wear old clothes or an apron to cover your clothes.


  • Do not plan on eating the eggs you decorate unless you can confirm that you did not use toxic materials to decorate your eggs.

Things You’ll Need

  • Pan of water
  • Crayons
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brush and sponge
  • Scissors
  • Food coloring
  • Old ties
  • Light material
  • Vinegar
  • Twisty ties
  • Towel or colander
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Plastic cup

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