OK, so Easter is right around the corner and your kids are probably starting to mention all that comes with it — the Easter bunny, candy, egg hunts, and of course, decorating Easter eggs! This year, get really creative with the family-bonding tradition. Skip the basic dye kits, and try one of these equally easy, but vastly cooler ideas!
1. Temporary Tattoo Eggs
1. After hard boiling, make sure the egg is completely dry. Take the clear plastic cover off of the tattoo and place the tattoo face down on top of the egg. Make sure it’s placed exactly where you want it.
2. Dab a damp washcloth on top of the paper. Don’t saturate it too much, but do make sure the tattoo is removed in its entirety from the paper label. Done!
2. Marbled Nail Polish Eggs
1. Fill a plastic cup up with room temperature water. If the water is too hot or too cold, it won’t work.
2. Put lots of nail polish into the cup. Combine a variety of colors that you think will be fun together. If the polish sinks, the temperature of the water isn’t correct. The polish should spread out on top of the water. Swirl it with a toothpick.
3. Hold your egg between your fingers, so that you cover the least amount of surface area on the egg. Then dunk straight down into the water, hold for a second underwater and then bring it up. The polish will cover about half of the egg. Sit the egg in a carton to let it dry.
3. Sprinkle Eggs
1. Pour your sprinkles into a medium size bowl.
2. Squeeze some tacky glue out of the bottle onto freezer paper or wax paper.
3. Using your paintbrush, cover your hard-boilded egg in a good, even layer of the glue.
4. Now dip your egg in the sprinkles and press down firmly, covering about half your egg in sprinkles.
5. Let go of your egg in the bowl, and using a spoon, cover the other half of the egg with the sprinkles
6. After your egg is fully covered in sprinkles, firmly press the arc of the spoon against and around your egg, helping to “seal” the sprinkles on.
4. Beans, Seeds and Rice Eggs
1. Simply follow the same steps as the sprinkle eggs. Replaces sprinkles with your choice of beans, seeds or rice.
5. Sharpie Eggs
1. This is the simplest craft, ever. Use pastel Sharpies to draw anything you like on your hard-boiled eggs!
6. Kool-Aid Eggs
1. Prep by hard boiling your eggs and mixing each Kool-Aid packet with about 2/3 cups water.
2. Pour each color into a different container large enough to dip the eggs.
3. Dip your eggs with a spoon or wire egg-dipping tongs.
4. Let dry!
7. Crystal Eggs
1. Instead of hard-boiled eggs, use metallic plastic eggs.
2. Fill a small bowl with epsom salts. (Fine grained, not coarse!)
3. Squeeze some glue onto a plate. Clear glue is preferable.
4. Dip the egg into the glue. Make sure the glue is smeared all over the egg.
5. Place the egg into the salt bowl.
6. Grab a spoon and start spooning the salts over the egg, while using your other hand to rotate it. Use the backside of the spoon to pack the salts onto the egg . This helps them stay on.
7. Let dry for 30-45 minutes.
8. Despicable Me Eggs
1. Separate yellow and blue plastic eggs. Merge the top part of the yellow eggs to the bottom part of the blue eggs.
2. Cut black electrical tape into a thin strip and stick it to the top yellow half.
3. Use a dot of glue to stick a googly eye in place, and draw hair and a mouth with a black Sharpie.
9. Pantone Eggs
1. To dye eggs like this, stand them vertically in a small cup of traditional egg dye.
2. Use tattoo paper to create the labels. Remember to type the words backwards. Then apply the “tattoos” to the egg.
10. Lace Eggs
1. Prep by hard boiling your eggs and cutting your lace into strips (lace ribbons work beautifully!).
2. Tie the lace strips very tightly around around your egg.
3. Dye them in traditional egg dye.
4. Alternatively, you can dye just the egg. Then wrap fresh lace around it.
Aren’t these ideas GENIUS?! Tell us in the comments which one is your favorite. We’d love to hear any ideas you have, too!