15 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas That Go Beyond Dyeing

Leave dye behind and use one of these clever techniques instead.

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You may be bored with dyeing eggs every Easter, or maybe you don't prefer to submerge your eggs in colored dye. From pressed flowers to temporary tattoos, we're sharing our top 15 Easter egg decorating ideas that don't require dye. But before you get started, check out our fool-proof way to hard-boil eggs.

Metallic Foil

Foiled Easter Eggs

Foiled Easter Eggs

Permanent Marker

Washi Tape



Use a standard roll of washi tape in the color or pattern of your choice, and begin cutting small pieces at a diagonal. Adhere the pieces to form a mosaic effect. You can also use strips of washi tape and overlap them vertically at the top and bottom.

Pressed Flowers

Egg Prep

Egg Prep

Put those pressed flowers to good use. Wash eggs gently with soap and water, then brush with vinegar. While your eggs are still wet from the vinegar, stick pressed flowers, leaves and other natural objects to the shells. The flatter the plants lie against the shell, the better they will work.


Rhinestone Easter Eggs

Rhinestone Easter Eggs

First, if you want, paint your eggs with craft paint and let dry. Next, place stick-on rhinestones in various colors and sizes to create the pattern of your choice.

Baker's Twine



Use baker's twine to add a trendy look to your eggs. To make, dab a fast-grab tacky glue to the bottom of a paper mache egg and coil the string around. To switch colors, trim the first color and glue the end of the second color. For a seamless finish, coil the string around the top, trim and dab on some more glue.

Glittered Stickers



Adhere glue dots and glue strips to plain or painted hard-boiled eggs. Fill a sandwich bag with glitter, place the egg inside and shake to coat glue dots or strips. Rinse the excess glitter from the egg under cold water.

Temporary Tattoos



Using pre-bought rub-on transfers or temporary tattoo paper, then cover eggs in edgy graphics or words of your choice. To get the look pictured, cut out various rub-on transfers and overlap on the eggs. It's OK if certain images don't transfer perfectly; it will provide a more distressed look.


Berry Box Easter Centerpiece

Berry Box Easter Centerpiece

Photo by: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes

To cover your Easter eggs in a layer of glitter, simply coat the entire surface of painted or unpainted eggs with all-purpose white glue. Place the eggs in a bowl of glitter and spoon glitter over wet glue until fully covered. Let dry.

Floral Centerpiece

Hatch a Teeny-Tiny Vase

Hatch a Teeny-Tiny Vase

Photo by: Alison Gootee

Alison Gootee

Our friends at HGTV Magazine share an easy way to transform your eggs into a festive centerpiece. To get the look, pierce the top of a raw egg with a pin, then gently poke the hole with your finger to widen it. Empty the whites and yolk, and rinse the shell with water. Fill with delicate flowers like sweet pea and mimosa. Put a single shell in an eggcup or arrange a dozen in a carton.

Tie Dye



Lay out a paper towel and spray with white vinegar. Then, place several drops of food coloring (two to three colors) all over the paper towel. Place the egg in the middle, gather the edges of the paper towel, hold tightly and spray with vinegar until the paper towel is wet. Secure the top of the paper towel with a rubber band. Allow the colors to soak into the egg for at least two hours. When ready, remove the paper towel to reveal your beautiful, color-infused egg.


Sisal-Rope Spheres

Sisal-Rope Spheres

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

First, dab a fast-grab tacky glue to the bottom of a paper mache egg and coil the twine around, gluing often as you go. Coil the twine around the top, trim and dab on some more glue.

Baby Chicks



First, paint eggs with craft glue and let dry. Once dry, use a permanent marker to draw on eyes, a beak and wings.


Confetti Egg

Confetti Egg

Photo by: Marko Metzinger

Marko Metzinger

Our friends at HGTV Magazine have an easy dye- and paint-free way to decorate eggs. Use a small hole punch to make confetti from colored paper (bright sticky notes work well, too). Cover the egg with craft glue using a foam brush, and sprinkle on confetti to cover it.

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Paint + Glitter Polka-Dot Eggs

Marbleized Eggs

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Easter Egg Animals

Thread-Wrapped Eggs

Doodled Eggs

Washi-Taped Eggs

Foiled Easter Eggs

Chick Eggs

Bejeweled Eggs

Speckled Eggs

Neon Dip-Dyed Eggs

Glue-Strip Dyed Eggs

Glittered Sticker Eggs

Temporary Tattooed Eggs

Tie-Dyed Eggs

Glittered Eggs

Gold-Dipped Eggs

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Eco-Friendly Eggs

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