Dyeing eggs for Easter is right up there with some of the messiest holiday activities (right behind carving pumpkins for Halloween!) When my kids were little, we would dye eggs each Easter, inevitably destroying my kitchen in the process. It never occurred to me that I could circumvent the whole fiasco by simply having my kids decorate eggs WITHOUT dye!
So today I’m sharing these cute no-dye egg decorating ideas, in hopes it will help some of you avoid the kitchen catastrophe. :-)
Did you know that Sharpie makes paint markers these days? They come in both water-based and oil-based formulas, and I just love them! I bought some of their oil-based white paint markers to make some pretty garden markers a couple of years ago, and I was so happy when I got to get them out to decorate eggs.
I love the look of the white paint against the brown color of the eggshell! A half dozen eggs decorated this way would make a beautiful minimalist centerpiece for your Easter table!
If you’re like me, somewhere in your house you have an out-of-control stash of washi tape, and you’re always looking for new ways to use it. :-) (See DIY Washi Tape Cereal Box Organizers.)
Washi tape is simply irresistible, and it’s perfect for decorating eggs! I used small strips of pink tape along the length of one egg. Cute and simple!
For another egg, I cut some strips of green washi tape into long, tapered triangles to resemble blades of grass. It’s easy to peel the tape off if you don’t like it, so you can try out some different things before you settle on a final design.
The metallic gold tape I used to create a cracked, mosaic design on this egg isn’t exactly washi tape, but it’s similar enough. ;-) I cut random geometric shapes out of pieces of the metallic tape, then arranged them one at a time on the egg to create the shattered effect. It turned out to be one of my favorites, and all it took was some tape and a pair of scissors!
Head to the scrapbooking aisle of your nearest craft store, and you’re sure to see an endless array of little paper embellishments. They’re intended to be used to decorate scrapbook pages, but they’re also perfect for Easter eggs!
I found a bag of lovely paper flowers for a couple of dollars at Michael’s. Just use your craft glue of choice to glue your embellishments all over your egg.
If you have little kids, chances are you also have a bunch of temporary tattoos lying around somewhere. Why not use your kids’ favorites to decorate their Easter eggs? It’s the same process as applying one to your skin. Remove the clear film, place the tattoo on the eggshell, then place a wet sponge or damp paper towel over the tattoo, and hold it in place for a minute or so. Remove the towel or sponge, and carefully peel the paper away from the eggshell. You can download the file for the darling floral eggs above from jessicajonesdesign.com.
You can cut out flower shapes from pieces of colored tissue paper, and adhere them to your eggs with a coat of Mod Podge. This one is great because who doesn’t have tissue paper laying around the house?! I love these blue and green eggs from Good Housekeeping.
And don’t forget the glitter option! If you trust yourself to not get it on everything, glitter can help you make some really cute Easter eggs!
Use a craft glue to make small glue circles around your eggshell. Sprinkle a layer of glitter on a paper plate, then roll the egg around until glitter has adhered to all of the glue. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before handling.
These multicolored glitter dot eggs from Better Homes and Gardens are especially beautiful!
Enjoy some dye-free decorating this Easter!
What is your favorite way to decorate Easter eggs?