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Gilded “Robin Eggs” & Other Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

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Easter Egg Ideas And DIY Egg Inspiration

Easter is just around the corner, and I can’t wait! When spring finally rolls around each year, I can’t get enough of the cheerful pastel colors that are synonymous with the Easter holiday. I want all the Easter-colored candy, all the cute springtime decor, and most importantly, I want to decorate Easter eggs! By this, of course, I mean edible Easter eggs!

But because all of my kids are grown up, I thought I’d break from tradition and do something a bit more interesting than using the usual store-bought dye kit. So over the past few days, I’ve been scouring the web to see if I could find some DIY Easter egg inspiration. (Btw, if you haven’t started boiling your eggs in the Instant Pot, you’re missing out — they come out perfectly cooked and super easy to peel!)

As it turns out, there’s no shortage of clever ideas out there, including plenty of edible egg decorating ideas, so I wanted to share some of my favorites here. You could use these ideas on wood or plastic eggs, but I’m sticking to traditional edible Easter eggs for the most part. (You can find a lot of different edible crafting supplies online these days, from edible paint to markers with edible ink!)

six robin's egg Easter eggs with gold speckles

Edible Easter Egg Decorating Idea: Gilded “Robin Eggs”

To start, I’ll show you how to create these gorgeous gold-splattered robin-egg-inspired Easter eggs! The gold splatter is made with edible paint, and the dye itself gets its color from red cabbage! (How does red cabbage produce such a lovely shade of light blue? I have no idea, but I’m glad it does!) 

Keep scrolling past the tutorial to see more than a dozen additional ideas for making unique and beautiful Easter eggs this year!

edible robin's egg easter egg dye igredients - eggs, red cabbage, white vinegar, edible gold paint, toothbrush

How To Make Edible Gold-Splattered “Robin Eggs”

You’ll need:

thinly sliced red cabbage on cutting board with chef's knife


Before you dye your eggs, you’ll need to prepare the cabbage dye. Start by roughly chopping the head of red cabbage, then place it in a large pot.

red cabbage cooking in a white pot

Add 5 cups of water to the pot, then bring it to a boil on your stovetop. Reduce it to a simmer and let it cook for 30-45 minutes, and then remove from heat.

Allow the cabbage and water to cool completely. Place a strainer in a large bowl and pour the cabbage into the strainer. Keep the water, and discard the cooked cabbage. (Or better yet, add it to your compost bin!) Finally, stir the 4 teaspoons of vinegar into the cabbage water to finish the dye.

eggs sitting in water from cooking red cabbage

Next, place your hard-boiled eggs into a deep dish or container and pour the cabbage dye over the top. You want to make sure that the eggs are submerged and that they aren’t touching each other.

Place the dish of eggs and dye into your fridge, and let the eggs soak in the dye for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight. (The longer they soak, the darker the color will be.)

using a toothbrush to speckle edible gold paint onto pale blue Easter eggs

When you’re ready, remove the eggs from the dish or container and let them dry completely. You’ll be moving on to the paint splattering stage next, so you’ll want to lay down some paper towels or a few pieces of newspaper before proceeding!

Place the eggs your covered work surface, then dip your toothbrush into the edible paint. Hold it above the eggs, then run your finger gently along the bristles of the toothbrush to splatter the paint onto the eggs.

robin's egg blue Easter eggs with gold speckles

Let the paint dry completely, then turn the eggs over and splatter the other side. When all of the paint has dried, you’re done! Enjoy your gorgeous edible Easter eggs!

More Unique Easter Egg Ideas

From marbled and stamped, to gilded and paper mache-d, these ideas prove there is no wrong way to decorate an Easter egg! 

box of food coloring, can of Barbasol shaving cream, bowl of Easter eggs with pastel colors swirled on them.

Marbled Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

from Practically Functional

chalk paint Easter eggs with stamped words on them

Chalky Stamped Easter Eggs

from Simply Designing

brown eggs with white designs painted on them for Easter

Natural Brown Easter Eggs

from Kaley Ann

two eggs with smiling faces drawn on them and wearing tiny party hats

Easter Eggs in Party Hats

from Flax & Twine

brightly colored Easter eggs with messages on them

Typography Easter Eggs

from Lovely Indeed

Easter eggs decorated with Sharpies - foreground egg has baby chick drawn on it

Sharpie Easter Eggs

from Mom.me

Easter eggs painted with black chalkboard paint and drawn on with colored chalk

Chalkboard Easter Eggs

from Sugar, Spice and Glitter

Easter eggs with brightly colored dots all over them, overlapping and glued on

Paper Mache Confetti Eggs

from Hello Glow

Easter eggs dyed pastel colors and decorated with washi tape

Washi Tape Easter Eggs

from Centsational Style

Easter eggs dyed in pastel colors with lace patterns on them

Lace Dyed Easter Eggs

from At The Picket Fence

bowl of Easter eggs painted with red, orange, and yellow watercolors

Watercolor Easter Eggs

from Spoon Fork Bacon

bowl of white eggs with one egg completely covered in pastel candy sprinkles

Sprinkle Easter Eggs

from Studio DIY

very brightly dyed Easter eggs decorated with paper flower cutouts

Paper Flower Easter Eggs

from Tell Love and Party

Check out all of my Easter ideas here!

What’s your favorite way to decorate Easter eggs?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • this year, I’m using different colored highlighters to decorate my eggs…………………………..HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOURS…………………….

  • Thanks for all the great Easter egg ideas!
    Did you know that red onion skins work much the same way?
    But I like the red cabbage idea since it won’t burn my eyes!!!!
    Happy Easter!

  • Fun ideas. These would have been fun when more of my siblings were living at home. I love the idea with the cabbage for the dye. I think we have done that dish you are mentioning. Thought it was German.

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