15 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas That Go Beyond Dyeing

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

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

Decorate Easter eggs with foil for a trendy, metallic touch to your Easter decor.

Permanent Marker

Washi Tape

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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

Prep your eggs by hardboiling them and letting them cool. Wash gently with soap and water and then brush with vinegar to make sure the dye sticks evenly. While your eggs are still wet from the vinegar stick flowers, leaves and other natural objects to the shells. The flatter the plants lie against the shell the better they will work.

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.

Rhinestones

Rhinestone Easter Eggs

Rhinestone Easter Eggs

Add rhinestones and thumbtacks in random patterns to create unique 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

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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

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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

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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.

Glitter

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

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. Eggcup: Try Etsy for a variety of styles.

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

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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.

Twine

Sisal-Rope Spheres

Sisal-Rope Spheres

Make It: First, buy round or egg-shaped foam spheres and sisal rope. Next, unfurl the sisal rope, then wrap around the foam sphere, covering its surface completely by securing with hot glue. Lastly, hot-glue a loop of ribbon to the top of the sphere and hang on the tree.

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

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

Confetti

Confetti Egg

Confetti Egg

Jillian Harris shows how you can use a small hole punch to make confetti from colored paper (bright Post-it Notes work well). Cover the egg with crafts glue using a foam brush. Sprinkle on confetti to cover it.

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

Want to preserve your Easter eggs for years to come? Blow out the interiors of each egg before decorating, then hand-paint with various shades of acrylic paint. Once dry, use a liner brush to paint polka dots, swirls or other designs with glue onto painted eggs. Then sprinkle the wet glue with glitter. The end result will be a batch of glamorous and glittery eggs to display for spring guests.

Marbleized Eggs

Add a fun, multicolor twist to plain eggs with a marbleized effect. Simply add olive oil to the dye solution to create an unpredictable, mottled look to your eggs.

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Easter Egg Animals

Let crafty little hands get creative by turning colorfully dyed Easter eggs into adorable bunnies, chicks, sheep and birds. Download and print patterned paper so kids can cut out ears, beaks, feathers, whiskers, etc., to create springtime animals.

Thread-Wrapped Eggs

Use baker's twine to add a trendy look to your eggs. First, dab a fast-grab tacky glue to the bottom of a paper mache egg and coil the string around. To change 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 glue.

Doodled Eggs

Calling all artists! Freehand your favorite patterns, designs and words onto plain or dyed eggs for a one-of-a-kind look. Here, trendy ikat and floral designs provide a sophisticated look in metallic gold.

Washi-Taped Eggs

Washi tape can be used for both decorative and everyday uses, but now, it's being used on Easter eggs, too. To get the look pictured, simply 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.

Foiled Easter Eggs

All you need to make these metallic beauties is foiling glue and papers and a paintbrush. Get the full recipe>>

Chick Eggs

Bring a classic Easter look to your home with adorable chick eggs. First, dye the eggs yellow and let dry. Once dry, use a permanent marker to draw on eyes, beak and wings. Chirp, chirp!

Bejeweled Eggs

Add some glitz and glam to your Easter eggs with sparkling rhinestones. First, if you want, paint your eggs with acrylic paint and let dry. Then place stick-on rhinestones in various colors and sizes to create the pattern of your choice.

Speckled Eggs

Create natural and classic-looking faux eggs by applying a splatter effect to paper-mache eggs. Use an artist's brush to apply beige acrylic paint to paper-mache eggs. Mix dark brown acrylic paint with a water-based faux glaze. While wearing gloves, dip a toothbrush into the mixture and run your thumb through the bristles to splatter the dark glaze onto the eggs.

Neon Dip-Dyed Eggs

Match your eggs to top design trends. Dip eggs in your favorite color dyes, leaving part of the shell exposed. Use strips of washi tape to help keep lines clean and straight. Allow colors to overlap to vary looks and styles.

Glue-Strip Dyed Eggs

Use plain hard-boiled eggs and stick on glue strips where desired. You can create a planned pattern or stick them in unexpected places for a surprising finish. Dye your eggs, then peel off strips when cool and dry to reveal overlapping white lines.

Glittered Sticker Eggs

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

Temporary Tattooed Eggs

Using pre-bought rub-on transfers or temporary tattoo paper, 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.

Tie-Dyed Eggs

Tie-dyeing your Easter eggs is much easier than it seems. 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.

Glittered Eggs

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. Once dry, sit back and admire.

Gold-Dipped Eggs

To brighten up your Easter decor, dye eggs in a neon color like bright pink. Let dry, then dunk the bottom or top halves of the eggs in gold craft paint. Once it's completely dry, display them in a white egg tray or as part of a centerpiece. Photo courtesy of HGTV Magazine

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Eco-Friendly Eggs

These eggs are surprisingly dyed with items in your pantry. It's just as affective and has no toxicity, is eco-friendly and easy to do. The best options are yellow onions, beets, turmeric and other herbs. Try them with your kids! Photo courtesy of Kim Foren

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