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Eggcellent Easter eggs, right this way.

As far as holidays go, Easter has the cutest crafts. (Pastels! Bunnies! Carrots! Eggs!) While there’s no shortage of clever DIY decor ideas out there, dyeing Easter eggs is always the project we look forward to the most. Let us help you ensure this Easter is as eggcellent as can be by sharing our essential tips for the best Easter eggs ever, including the ever-important tip: how to quickly and easily boil eggs for Easter crafts.

Refrigerate!

Because eggs are perishable, it’s important to keep them refrigerated before and after boiling them. This is especially important if you’re boiling two batches of eggs—one for dyeing and one for deviling, the former for decorating and the latter for eating. You’ll want to make sure that all of the eggs have been properly refrigerated and prepared. (For more info on how long eggs last in the refrigerator, be sure to check out the rest of our egg safety tips too.)

Boil!

Boiling eggs is the essential first step in many Easter egg-decorating tutorials. To boil eggs, you’ll need a saucepan, water, and eggs. Place the eggs in the saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat, and then remove the saucepan from the stove. Let the eggs sit for 10-15 minutes, and then submerge them in cool water to halt the cooking process.

Decorate!

Once your eggs have been hard-boiled and cooled, they’re ready to decorate. Check out our best-ever Easter egg-decorating tutorials for ideas on how to create a blue-and-white splatter effect, how to dye eggs using Kool-Aid, and how to DIY a marbled effect using fresh or frozen blueberries.

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Are you ready to decorate Easter eggs this year? Stock up on supplies early, because you wouldn’t want to run out of eggs before you’ve had time to dye or devil them.