Friday, March 8, 2013

4 Easy Easter Egg Ideas

by Elizabeth

in Crafts and DIY

4 Easy Easter Egg Ideas
When it comes to decorating Easter eggs you can let your creativity go wild.  Unique Easter eggs are not all that difficult to come up with once you’ve got the basics down.

How to make Easter eggs

To prepare the eggs for dying you can either hard-boil the eggs (they won’t last very long) or you can use an egg blower to empty it out.  I used hard-boiled eggs for these Easter eggs since I don’t have an egg blower, this method is better for egg decorating with kids anyway.
 
I’m far from being an advanced egg decorator so I think these ideas are fairly simple for any skill level to follow along and uses items you most likley have around your house anyway.
 
The most common way to decorate an Easter egg is to just dye it a simple colour.  This is the base for the Easter Eggs I decorated so we will start there.

You will need a small bowl or plastic container filled with water.  Add about 1/2 TBSP of white vinegar and a few drops of food colouring.  Once your egg has reached the shade you are looking for remove it with a spoon and then pat dry with a paper towel.   Easy enough.
 
How to make easter eggs


The first egg I decorated was the animal print egg.  For this one I used a base dye of blue & green to create a teal egg.  I then used Hoch by Julep (a creme turqoise) to paint spots on the egg.  I let the polish dry for about 15 minutes then I used black polish to paint incomplete circles around the edges of the spots to create the look.



The next Easter egg idea also utilises nail polish; specifically a matte polish (black) and a crackle polish (hot pink).  I realised after that it would have looked better had I taped off the stripe so in the future I would do that before painting the stripe.  The key to a good crackle effect is to get a few good coats of the base on first.  Then you want to paint the crackle on as thick as you can while the base is still tacky. 

The third egg is an alternative to etching wax onto an egg prior to dying.  To achieve this look I used clear polish and painted where I wanted the egg to stay white and then dyed the egg.  A third way to achieve this look is to wrap your egg with rubber bands then dye the egg ensuring the dye is completely dry before removing.  If you are doing this one with kids, try white crayons rather than the other options.  It’s a little easier and way more kid friendly.



To decorate the fourth egg, after removing it initially from the dye, I added more dye to create a darker purple and added a tbsp of oil and swirled it around.  I then rolled the egg around in it and then added a drop more of red food colouring and blue food colouring to create the splatters.  I then carefully patted it dry with a paper towel.


Easy to make and so pretty & unique! 

Do you decorate Eggs for Easter?

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Soozle March 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Very pretty! I always loved dying easter eggs with my parents when I was a child!

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Guppy March 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

lol! I love it! What a great way to use some of my old polishes that are getting thick or I just dont like anymore – like my black crackle!

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loven mommy March 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

never would have thought of using nail polish to deco my easter eggs

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Lee Pearson March 9, 2013 at 3:39 am

I’ve never decorated eggs before but these ones are so pretty. I really like the blue tie-dyed egg. It is eggcellent!!

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Janet W. March 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

I’m looking forward to decorating some eggs this year with my grandsons!

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Stephanie LaPlante March 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I love the green one! It looks like a dragon egg.

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Victoria Ess March 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

The nail polish is such a great idea!!

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Ellen March 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I love the speckled one. Very cute!

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Areta March 11, 2013 at 1:19 am

I can’t believe it’s almost Easter! Time flies! I haven’t painted easter eggs in a long time!

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Heather May March 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

These eggs are so cute! This will be the first year that my children and I will be decorating eggs so tips are appreciated! I am hosting a linky party on Friday at my site http://www.frugalfitfamily.com and would love to have you join up!

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Multi-Testing Mommy March 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I love decorating Easter Eggs – thanks for the great ideas! Thanks for linking up with us at Artsy Play Wednesday :) I’ve pinned for you.

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Anonymous March 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Stacey L

thanks for sharing the great tips for decorating eggs for Easter. this is the first Easter my kids are old enough to decorate them I super excited.

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Laurie Nykaza March 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm

These are such great idea’s for Easter. My daughter always has left over nail polishes odds and ends now I can use them at Easter. I can’t wait to make some.

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Jennifer Ann Wilson March 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Thanks for the ideas.

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Maddie Klingaman April 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Your eggs came out very cute!

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Enza Campanella August 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Wow, thanks for the great tips. I will have to try this for myself this coming Easter!

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amy lovell September 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

these look soo cool! Especially love the crackle one.

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loriag October 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I know Easter has been over for awhile but I am always looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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Darlene Schuller November 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

What a fabulous idea with the nail polish! I never would’ve thought of it. We decorate eggs yearly and leave them in a basket on our kitchen table for a few days over easter.

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jessica s November 4, 2013 at 7:59 am

I love how these turned out! much more interesting than just dying them a single colour. thanks for sharing!

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Jon T December 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Very nice! I can’t wait to try this when Easter comes around.Our son should be old enough to have fun with it.

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Alexa Nernberg December 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Your Easter eggs are very pretty and I hope to follow your instructions to make my own in the near future. Thank you for sharing your craft ideas with your readers.

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kathy downey February 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

speckled one is very pretty

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kathy downey February 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

thanks for all the decorating ideas

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Kathy Lane February 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

With Easter coming up before to long I am looking for some new ideas for coloring eggs.These are very pretty.Thanks I will be using your ideas.

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loucheryl February 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Awesome Easter EGGS! I can’t wait for Easter 2014!

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loucheryl March 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I just showed my son your eggs and now he has some ideas for Easter!

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Elizabeth March 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

I’d love to see what he comes up with!

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Darlene Schuller March 25, 2014 at 7:42 am

What great idea, I honestly have never thought of nail polish. We dye & paint and use some glitter and glue here as well, Miss K loves shiny things.. still.

Thank you for this wonderful Easter section. I will be watching for ideas!

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Lynda Cook March 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

I love decorating eggs for Easter, never thought of using nail polish before tho, what a neat idea

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Chandra Christine O'Connor March 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

awesome Idea to use nail polish I would never have thought of that.

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Erika Birrell April 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

That’s so cool!! What a great idea for Easter activities with the kids!

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loucheryl April 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Awesome Easter eggs for kids!

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Shannon April 8, 2014 at 3:12 am

What cute eggs. I don’t dye my eggs but I have seen them done with onion skins, silk ties, etc. That would be fun.

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Laurie P April 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

They look great! Unique!

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Elizabeth Matthiesen April 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

I don’t ever remember dying eggs for Easter as a child but I did with my own children. I also painted some blown out egg shells with pictures and hung them from twigs in a vase.

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KD April 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

I never thought of using nail polish to decorate eggs. That’s a brilliant idea!

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Elva Roberts May 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I loved the coloured eggs. I think my ggrandchildren would love them as well. I suppose the vinegar is to set the dye on the eggs. Thank you for this craft and the eggs are so elegant.

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Amy Lovell June 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

These are very cute. This year my family did swirly eggs with shaving cream and food dye. it was very fun

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kathy downey July 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I used wooden eggs from the Dollarama

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kathy downey August 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

I love painting wooden eggs

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