20 Easter Egg Ideas That Are Oh-So-Cute and Easy

Marbled Easter Eggs
Photo: Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Although there's always room in our baskets for traditionally dyed eggs, this Easter we're showing off our creative side with some new Easter egg ideas. And we know you can do better than buying those conventional supermarket dye kits, too. That's why we created these ridiculously cheap, super easy, and so stinkin' cute ideas that can be recreated from the comfort of your own home. If you're ready to try out some different colors and patterns, then grab an extra carton, get the kids involved, and have a full-on DIY moment. From marbled eggs and speckled shells to marvelous mod podge and gilded gold, it's time to take your Easter egg-stravaganza to the next level. Here are 20 ideas for Easter egg coloring, just in time to usher in spring and give the Easter bunny something to truly ooh-and-awe at.

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Paint Pen Eggs

Paint Pen Eggs
Laurey W. Glenn

Make different patterns using a variety of non-toxic metallic and white paint pens. Brown hen's eggs work best here, and you can have fun creating your own patterns and designs.

Extra tip: Need design inspiration? Look to Pinterest for patterns.

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Mod Podge Easter Eggs

Mod Podge Easter Eggs
Laurey W. Glenn

In the South, we love our decoupage. Water balloons, kitchen supplies, and a little Mod Podge come together to make these vibrant eggs, perfect for centerpieces and tabletop accents.

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Golden Eggs

Gold Leaf Eggs
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Turns out, you don't need a goose to lay the perfect golden egg. Just follow these six simple steps, and you'll have bright and shiny eggs to complete your Easter table setting.

Get the step-by-step here.

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Ombre Easter Eggs

Ombre Easter Eggs
Laurey W. Glenn

We've found a new way to spin simple dyed eggs into an easy Easter centerpiece perfect for your mantel, sideboard, or dining table.

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Marbled Easter Eggs

Marbled Easter Eggs
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

These marbleized Easter eggs look a lot more complicated than they actually are. Create your own abstract design using these basic ingredients, including a natural dye mixture, olive oil, and vinegar.

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Yarn-Wrapped Easter Eggs

Yarn Wrapped Easter Eggs
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Wrap your head around this clever approach to egg decorating. Instead of dyeing Easter eggs, why not use yarn as a colorful, budget-friendly alternative?

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Paper Mache Easter Eggs

Ribbon Wrapped Easter Eggs
Laurey W. Glenn

Peel and stick—that's all there is to it! No need for dye here, just wrap the adhesive trim or multi-colored ribbon around the egg and cut to size.

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Eggshell Planters

Eggshell Planters
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Welcome spring with something green that will last beyond the Easter holiday. We use eggshells here to create our very own tiny planters.

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Chick Easter Eggs

Chick Easter Eggs
Southern Living

Trade in your usual dyed eggs for these cute peeps.

Get the step-by-step here.

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Chinoiserie Eggs

Blue and White Chinoiserie Easter Eggs
Melissa Fenlon

If you're looking for a batch of homemade eggs to match your whimsical Blue Willow china, then this DIY egg design is for you.

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Floral Fabric Easter Eggs

Pink and Orange Floral Fabric Wrapped Easter Eggs
Sara Albers

We're squealing with delight at the thought of having these colorful egg bundles on our Easter table.

Get the step-be-step here.

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Speckled Dyed Eggs Using Rice

rice Easter egg decorating
Southern Living

Rice is most definitely a favorite starch among Southerners, and it just moved even higher on our list with this DIY egg decorating tip.

Get the step-by-step here.

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Marbled Whip Cream Eggs

Cool Whip Eggs
Southern Living

You already know the basics of egg dying, but did you know that you can create a marbled effect by pulling out that tub of whipped cream you have in your fridge?

Get the step-by-step here.

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Blueberry-Dyed Easter Eggs

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Long before blueberries became a go-to snack, they were used for their deep pigmented juices, which can be a natural dye.

Get the step-by-step here.

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Beet- and Onion-Dyed Eggs

Natural Easter Eggs
Southern Living

There's no question that beets can be a powerful stain for vibrant Easter eggs, but did you know that yellow onions can also be used to dye eggs?

Get the step-by-step here.

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Baking Soda Eggs

Baking Soda Eggs
Southern Living

Get the kids involved in this family-friendly egg dying technique that will make you feel like you're completing an elaborate science experiment.

Get the step-by-step here.

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Gold Speckled Easter Eggs

Gold Speckled Easter Eggs in Basket
Rachael Walker

If you want just a touch of shine on your formal lunch table, these eggs are sure to fit the bill.

Get the step-by-step here.

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink Easter Eggs

DIY Easter Egg Dyes
Abby Hocking

Take a minimalist approach to your egg dying routine this Easter by using ingredients around your kitchen that serve as naturally derived dyes.

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Painted Vine Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs
Photo: Helen Norman

The secret to the best color? Rit dye! You can even mix dyes to get custom colors. Once dry, hand-paint vine and flower designs on your eggs using a fine-tip art brush and water-based gouache paint. Hand-letter initials on some eggs to use as place cards.

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Kool-Aid Dyed Eggs

Easter Eggs
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Did you procrastinate on buying the egg dying kit? Well, if you can't seem to find a DIY kit anywhere, head over to the juice aisle and pick up a few packets of Kool-Aid powder. It's even easier than the vinegar method.

Get the step-by-step here.

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