For me, decorating eggs is one of the quintessential Easter crafts. Over the past three years we have tried a few different ways to do it and have learnt a thing or two about making the most of these activities.

Firstly we prefer to use white eggs as it makes the colours stand out. Secondly, although you can blow the inside out of the eggs out, we prefer to hard boil them. It makes them slightly more robust for being man-handled by small hands, also if they do break them, then you won’t have the eggy mess to clear up from uncooked eggs. Thirdly, have lots of eggs. These activities are always really popular and my charges are always very sad if they only get to decorate 2 or 3 eggs. Finally, do not eat this these eggs, as they will have been covered in glue and paint.

Dyeing

You will need:

  • Food colouring
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Eggs
  1. Mix together the food colouring and vinegar, then add the cup of hot water.
  2. Place the egg into the container so that is completely covered.
  3. The longer you leave it in, the darker the colour will be.

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Tye Dyeing 

You will need:

  • Food colouring
  • 2-3 tsp of vinegar
  • ¼ cup of hot water
  • Eggs
  • Paper towel
  • Pipette
  • Water mister
  1. Mix together the food colouring, vinegar and hot water.
  2. Using the pipette, drip the mixture onto the paper towel
  3. Wrap the egg up in the paper towel.
  4. Spray the wrapped up egg with water.
  5. Gentle press the towel on to the egg to help transfer the colour.
  6. Unwrap the egg and leave to dry.

Tye Dyed Easter Eggs

With Sharpies

Do this in a well ventilated room.

You will need:

  • Sharpies
  • Pipette
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Egg
  1. Colour in your egg with the sharpies.
  2. Carefully drip the rubbing alcohol onto the egg to make the colours run.

Nanny Anita's Tie-Dye Eggs

Using Nail Polish

Do this in a well ventilated room.

You will need:

  • Nail Polish
  • Room temperature water
  • Toothpick
  • Eggs
  • Container
  1. Fill your container up with room temperature water.
  2. Drip your nail polish in, when it has started to spread add another colour.
  3. Use the toothpick to swirl the colours.
  4. Dip and roll the egg in the water.

N.B. You have to be quick with this activity or the nail polish will dry in the water.Marbled Easter Eggs

Edible Eggs

You will need:

  • Food colouring
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Water
  1. Mix together the food colouring and water; you need enough water to completely cover the egg. Mugs are wonderful for doing this in.
  2. Once your eggs are hard-boiled, crack them all over with a spoon. DON’T peel them.
  3. Place them in the coloured water and leave them in there for 30-60 mins, the longer you leave them in the darker the colours will be.
  4. Take them out, peel them and then eat them.

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Crayons

You will need:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Wax crayons
  • Oven glove
  1. As soon as your egg has been cooked, take it out and hold it with the oven glove. Then start to decorate it with the wax crayon. The crayon should start to melt and create a wonderful effect.

Keep the spare eggs in the hot water while you are decorating the others.

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Using Rubber Bands

You will need:

  • Rubber bands
  • 1 tsp of vinegar
  • Food colouring
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Eggs
  1. Mix together the vinegar and food colouring, then add the hot water.
  2. Wrap the egg with rubber bands.
  3. Place the egg into the food colouring and leave for a few minutes.
  4. Take it out and remove the bands.

Other ideas:

Here are some links to some other wonderful ways to decorate your Easter Eggs.

Water Colour Easter Eggs by Redefine Creativity

Confetti Egg Game by Oh Happy Day

Dye Easter Eggs in Natures Hues by Vegetable Gardener

Mosaic Eggs by Gingerbread Snowflakes

Natural Dye Coloured Easter Eggs by Big Sis Little Sis

Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs by Buns in my Oven

Speckled Eggs by Crafts by Amanda

Angry Birds Easter Eggs at Makezin

Dyed Ninja Turtle Easter Eggs by A Pumpkin and A Easter Egg

Make sure you follower our Easter board on Pinterest for more ideas.

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16 fun and easy ways to decorate easter eggs for children.

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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