33 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas That Don’t Use Dye

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Looking for dye-free Easter egg decorating ideas this year? We’ve combed the web to find genius, non-smelly (aka no vinegar) Easter egg coloring ideas, and we found a bunch of unique ways to decorate. Using everything from tissue paper and Cool whip to tempera paint and sprinkles, some are still messy (these are kids we’re dealing with, after all), and some are more like Easter crafts—and they’re all super fun. Scroll down to get inspired. 


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Brush Pens

Color Made Happy

Create faux watercolor eggs by using brush pens, a little water and a lot of imagination! These less-messy decorative ideas from Color Made Happy bypasses traditional dyes and lets your littles create one-of-a-kind works of art.

Cool Whip Eggs

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Boulder Locavore

These dyed eggs use fluffy Cool Whip and food coloring to create an edible and kid-friendly craft. Simply swirl small amounts of food coloring into a tray of the whipped topping and roll eggs! Get all the details on this dye-free activity over at Boulder Locavore.

Kool-Aid

Totally the Bomb

Forget the stinky vinegar and color your eggs with Kool-Aid this year! Totally the Bomb shows how easy it is with a packet of delicious-smelling Kool-Aid and water. Try not to eat them right away!

Flowered Eggs

iStock

A little bit of paint, a tiny paintbrush and a steady hand are what you’ll need for this creative decorating idea. Five dabs of paint make one cheerful flower, and your kids can combine colors or make all the flowers the same. 

Gumball Eggs

A Joyful Riot

Grab permanent markers and construction paper to make these unique eggs from A Joyful Riot. There’s even a template provided, so it’s super easy to pull these off.

Eggy Ninjas

Ohoh Blog

Check out these adorable ninja eggs from Ohoh Blog—they’re sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. You’ll just need some paint, toothpicks and a ribbon.

Confetti Eggs

Brit Co.

Have a confetti party with this festive idea from Brit + Co. Kids can pick out their favorite colors of tissue paper, then brush the confetti on the eggs with a layer of Mod Podge. Sticky, but so worth it!

No Dye Tie Dye

A Little Pinch of Perfect

We love these vibrant eggs from A Little Pinch of Perfect. You’ll be amazed at how easy they are to make with items you definitely have in the house.

Monsieur Egg

MomDot

For the minimalistic types, these understated eggs from MomDot are a win. Topped off with a pair of googly eyes, you can make one of these little guys in minutes flat.

Sweet Sprinkles

Studio DIY

Covered in sprinkles, these eggs from Studio DIY are adorable. It might get a little messy, but it’s well worth the effort.

Bedazzled Beauties

Paper & Stitch via Momtastic

Adorn this year’s eggs with a little bling. Paper & Stitch used sparkling jewels and gems to create fun shapes and patterns in a variety of shimmering hues. Visit Momtastic for the how-to.

Wild Watercolors

A Pumpkin and a Princess

The perfect project for even the youngest artist, we love these pastel eggs from A Pumpkin and a Princess. Whether you prefer a marbled look, ombré gradation or a tie-dye effect (minus the dye), there’s no wrong way to decorate with watercolors.

Gold Decoupage

Sugar and Charm

Sugar and Charm struck gold with this beautiful egg décor idea. Using delicate gold leaf, the project requires some patience, but the results are definitely worth the effort.

Napkin-Dyed Eggs

Mom Spark

If you’ve got colorful paper napkins left over from your last party, now’s the perfect time to put them to use. Mom Spark has step-by-step instructions on how to craft these vibrant eggs.

Bunny Ears

The Nerd’s Wife

With soft, pipe cleaner ears and sweet hand-drawn faces, these adorable rabbits are perfect for getting your little bunny ready for Easter. Consider dressing up these simple eggs by adding googly eyes or a pompom tail. Easy enough to make with your preschooler, learn how over at The Nerd’s Wife.

Emoji Eggs

Studio DIY

If no text message is complete without a yellow face to express your every thought and feeling, then you’ll love the Emoji Easter eggs designed by Studio DIY. From winks to grimaces, check out the steps for recreating your favorite emoticon, and express yourself with eggs this Easter.

Whimsical Eggs

Flax & Twine

A crown made from baby’s breath adds a whimsical touch to these charming eggs crafted by Flax & Twine. Make them your own by adding different colorful buds to the crown or personalizing with sweet faces.

Thumbprint Eggs

Edible Life in YYC

We give these adorable eggs two thumbs up. Edible Life in YYC had her little artists lend a few fingers to create these cute bunny faces.

Temporary Tats

Brit Co.

Temporary tattoos give the illusion of a hand-painted masterpiece, but we promise these awesome eggs only look time-consuming. Made in just minutes, they can feature anything from bugs to ballerinas or your kids’ favorite superhero. The sky is the limit! Check out the how-to at Brit + Co.

Washi Tape Eggs

Lovely Indeed

What can’t you create with washi? We are totally inspired by these gems from Lovely Indeed. Parents can cut the tape into different shapes, and tots can stick the pieces in whatever design they dream up.

Use Chalkboard Paint

Oleander Palm

A quick coat of chalkboard paint transforms eggs into a canvas for little ones to decorate and redecorate to their heart’s content. We love Oleander + Palm‘s simple but genius idea.

Chicken Eggs

Ginger Snap Crafts

Keep things super simple (and super cute!) with this fun idea from Ginger Snap Crafts. Your budding artists will love drawing the chick faces onto their eggs.

Crayon Eggs

The Nerd’s Wife

Use up those stubby bits of crayon by making these genius eggs from The Nerd’s Wife. The heat from freshly boiled eggs melts the crayons into awesome abstract designs.

Glittery Eggs

Lil’ Luna

Razzle dazzle just about everyone with these sparkly eggs from Lil’ Luna. Kids will get a kick out of making the squiggly designs with glue and following up with glitter on top. 

Perfect Pastels

Paper & Stitch

Grab paint in springy colors to create vibrant eggs like these adorable ones from Paper & Stitch. Artsy kiddos will love channeling their inner Monet to make an Easter masterpiece.

Au Naturel

Kaley Ann

Get inspired by Kaley Ann‘s simple but sophisticated design that lets natural brown eggs shine. Use a non-toxic white paint pen to draw all sorts of doodles on the eggs—the sky’s the limit.

Pressed Flower Eggs

The Magic Onions

You’ll need to plan ahead (about two weeks) for this one, but the vibrant colors and totally unique take on Easter decor are worth the extra effort. Want to know what you’ll need to re-create this clever idea? Head over to The Magic Onions for the low-down.

LEGO Eggs

It’s Always Autumn

Little builders will get a kick out of this idea from It’s Always Autumn. It’s a totally mess-free method that creates adorable eggs.

Tea-Dyed Eggs

Yummy Mummy Kitchen

You don’t need neon food coloring to make wow-worthy eggs. Get inspired by Yummy Mummy Kitchen to loot your pantry for natural dyes.

Tissue Paper Eggs

Aunt Peaches

For a similar look to traditional dyed eggs without the crazy mess, try this cool idea from Aunt Peaches. The tissue paper turns the eggs into a rainbow of vibrant colors—it’ll make your Easter table pop.

Mustache Men

By Wilma

For little hipsters (or anyone with a sense of humor), you can’t go wrong with By Wilma‘s impossibly cute mustache men. Since these are a little more detailed, parents can take the reins on the details of the faces, while kids can go to town decorating the men’s shirts.

 

DIY Mermaid Eggs

Jennifer Perkins

These adorable mermaid scale eggs are the perfect magical touch to an under the sea themed Easter basket. Jennifer Perkins describes how to get this effect with some craft paint and a sponge brush, and we’re ready to try it ourselves.

Watercolor Eggs

Squirrelly Minds

Channel your inner artist and grab an egg (or two) as your canvas! These super simple eggs only require watercolor paints to get their beautiful pastel hues. Check out Squirrelly Minds for the complete how-to. 

—Taylor Clifton, Lauren Hill, Susie Foresman & Karly Wood

 

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