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Decorating Eggs

There are an endless number of options when it comes to decorating eggs. Here you’ll find eggcellent ideas for decorating, including tips for fun, unique Easter eggs from HGTV interior designer Sabrina Soto! You can even design a virtual egg with our Incredible Easter Egg Designer.

But before you begin decorating your eggs, make sure to check out our foolproof method for perfectly hard-boiled eggs and read up on important egg safety information. Happy decorating!

Watch Cooking Channel host Jeffrey Saad demonstrate how to naturally dye eggs.

Sabrina Soto

Sabrina Soto's Egg Decorating Tips

Perfect Polka

Use the eraser end of a pencil to paint perfect polka dots on your egg. Just dip the eraser into acrylic craft paint and dab onto the egg. Make different patterns and use different colors to create your perfect designs!

Tattoo Décor

Kids always have those temporary tattoos lying around their rooms! Why not make egg decorating simple? Apply those same tattoos to your eggs for a professional and easy look that kids will love!

Ribbon Wrap

Tie a beautiful ribbon around a dyed egg. Mix colors and patterns for fun visual interest! Adorn with craft or fabric flowers, even buttons. For a more rustic look, use natural fibers such as hemp or twine with dried flowers in place of the ribbons.

Ombre

Purchase basic spray paint from your local craft store. Begin by spray painting one end of the egg a heavy coat and lightening the coats as you work your way up to the opposite end of the egg. You'll achieve a beautiful ombre effect. Introduce a new color by spray painting the other end and blending the colors in the middle.

Sharpie Doodle

Eggs don't have to be dyed to look special! Get a thin sharpie and doodle away. Create beautiful designs and patterns around the egg. Paisley and flowers are simple to make. Start with a leaf or a daisy shape and keep building off that design until the egg is fully decorated!

Rainbow Eggs

Rainbow Nest Eggs

Dyeing to be creative? Rainbow Nest Eggs are a fun way to celebrate the symbols of Spring and they make a colorfully attractive centerpiece!

What You Need

Cheesecloth
Hard-boiled eggs
Twist ties or string
Food coloring
Egg carton

Instructions

  1. CUT cheesecloth into 6-inch squares—one for each egg to be colored.
  2. DAMPEN cheesecloth. WRAP around an egg, either twisting loosely and fastening it at both ends with twist ties OR bundling the edges together and fastening them at the top. Each method produces a different result.
  3. PLACE drops of different colors on cheesecloth in desired patterns. Then, TWIST the dye-spotted cloth more tightly around the egg so the colors run together to produce a rainbow's swirl of color.
  4. UNWRAP the egg and let it dry in the egg carton.

Extras

  • For best results, use each square of cheesecloth only once.
  • Make an attractive display by placing these eggs in fresh greenery on a platter.
Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

This Easter, say goodbye to messy cups of coloring and say hello to patterned silk ties! The results are so amazing, everyone will wonder how on earth you did it!

What You Need

Silk ties, cut into 4 x 6-inch pieces
Whole eggs, uncooked
Thread
Scissors

Instructions

  1. PLACE the front of the strips of the tie next to the eggshell and wrap around the egg.
  2. BIND thread tightly around the center of the egg to secure the fabric. FOLD and bunch the fabric at the top and bottom of the egg, enclosing the entire egg in fabric.
  3. WIND thread lengthwise and crosswise around the egg to hold the fabric in place. Continue until the egg is almost completely covered with thread.
  4. PLACE covered eggs in a pan with water covering eggs by at least 1-inch.
  5. BRING to a boil on medium heat. SIMMER, uncovered, 20 minutes.
  6. Carefully REMOVE eggs using a slotted spoon. Let eggs cool completely with fabric on.
  7. UNWRAP eggs and remove fabric. The eggs will have beautiful colors and designs on the shell.

Extras

  • Ties that are 100% silk provide the best color. Polyester ties do not provide colors as vivid as those made with silk.
  • THESE EGGS ARE NOT EDIBLE. Fabric dye is not made to be used as food coloring.
  • Display several eggs on a crystal platter as a center piece for your Easter table.
Eggshell Planters

Eggshell Planters

Biodegradable eggshell planters are a fun way to make seed starters. Once the plants begin to outgrow their shells, transplant them to soil—shell and all!

What You Need

Empty eggshells
Bleach water
Egg dye or acrylic craft paint
Cotton balls
Planting soil
Herb seeds
Empty egg carton

Instructions

  1. RINSE the inside of the eggshell with bleach water to make sure it is clean. Turn upside down to drain. Let dry.
  2. DYE or decorate eggshells as desired. Let dry.
  3. PLACE cotton ball in the bottom of the eggshell. TOP with planting soil.
  4. SPRINKLE seeds over soil.
  5. PLACE filled eggshell in egg carton. WATER seeds and place near sunlight as recommended on seed package.

Extras

  • To make bleach water combine 1 quart of water with 1 teaspoon bleach.
  • Make faces on the eggshells so that when the herbs start to grow it'll look like hair!

Egg Safety

Follow a few food safety rules when you decorate hard-boiled eggs. The most important thing to decide is whether or not you want to eat the decorated eggs later. If you won’t be eating the eggs, you can use any decorating materials you want and display the eggs anywhere for as long as you like. If you do want to eat the eggs, follow these rules:

  • Wash your hands between all the steps of cooking, cooling, dyeing and decorating.
  • Be sure that all the decorating materials you use are food safe.
  • Keep the eggs refrigerated as much as possible. Keep putting them back into the refrigerator whenever you're not working with them.
  • Dye the eggs in water warmer than the eggs so they don't absorb the dye water.
  • If you hide the decorated eggs, put them where they won't come into contact with pets, other animals or birds or lawn chemicals.
  • After you've found all the hidden eggs, throw out any that have cracked or have been out at room temperature for more than two hours. Eat uncracked, refrigerated hard-boiled eggs within a week of cooking them.
 
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