One of the most exciting parts of Easter is getting to dye Easter eggs, but there are far more ways to decorate eggs than simply following the directions on an egg dye kit and putting the eggs in a dish. Though they all start the same by boiling eggs for 3 minutes then removing the pot from the heat and leaving the lid on for 10 minutes, then draining the hot water, but after that, the possibilities are endless.
You can do something as easy as adding stickers before you dye the eggs, or you can try a technique you may have already tried on your own nails – the marbled nail polish look. Whether you are going on an Easter egg hunt or just ant to decorate the table, experiment with some of these different decorating ideas!
Nail Polish Marbled Eggs
Take a plastic cup and fill it 3/4 of the way with warm water. Pour two or three different colors of nail polish onto the water, then use a toothpick to stir the water in a few quick movements to get a marbled look. Hold an egg with two fingers, only touching the very top and bottom of the egg, and dunk it straight down into the polish and water. Hold it under the water, and then pull it straight up. It should pull the nail polish with it, and the nail polish should cover about half of the egg. Sit the egg in a carton and let dry.
Melted Crayon Easter Eggs
While the eggs are still hot, use a towel to take the eggs and put them into every other spot in an egg carton. The eggs will be very hot, and once you touch a crayon to the egg, it will melt on contact. Color and draw on each of the eggs quickly before the eggs cool down. Once the eggs cool, the wax will harden into bold, bright colors.
Dye your eggs using a store-bought egg dying kit and let dry. Cut up bright colored tissue paper into small pieces and throw in a bowl. Use a foam brush to spread Mod Podge on each egg, then roll it in the bowl of confetti. Press any loose pieces to the egg, then give it another coat of Mod Podge before you return it to the carton to dry.
Glow in the Dark Eggs
Pour a dollop of fluorescent or glow in the dark paint into a bowl. Add roughly 2/3 of a cup of warm water and 1/3 of a cup of vinegar to the bowl and stir. Repeat for each color of paint that you have purchased, using different labeled bowls. Eggs can be dipped into multiple colors for an even more varied glow. Dry, then hold in the dark – or better yet, under a black light!
Paper Reinforcer Polka Dots
Use round paper reinforce stickers to create a polka dot pattern or a lace pattern by lining them up side to side around the egg. Dye your eggs using a dye kit and allow them to fully dry, then remove the stickers.
Dotted Eggs with Paint Pens
First, put any stickers that you wish on the egg to make a light silhouette after dying. Then, use paint pens to make a series of small dots around the shape. To add texture and dimension, try using two or three different colors for the dots. Dye the eggs according to the dye kit, allow to dry, and then remove the stickers.
For more fun & unique ways to decorate your Easter Eggs, check out our 2013 Easter Egg Decorating Guide!
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