Delightful Eggs for Your Easter Décor

Easter comes with many traditions: the hiding of Easter baskets for children to find, dyeing hard-boiled eggs to eat, and decorating the house with bunnies, lilies, and pastel colors galore. While you might consider some of these decorations cheesy and boring, different approaches can help you mix it up. This year, try some uncommon methods for decorating eggs to give your holiday decor a more sophisticated and less predictable look. From silk tie-dyeing to Chinese marbling, these techniques will make your egg experience something to remember.

Lace Eggs

Take strips of leftover tablecloth or fabric to create intricate designs on your Easter eggs. These lace eggs can be made by wrapping the lace around the eggs, securing it with a rubber band, and then letting the eggs soak in the dye. For a clever solution that won’t smudge your hard work while they dry, use Martha Stewart’s trick.

Sprinkle Eggs

Don’t let your cookies have all the fun—these sprinkle eggs can get in on the action, too. Paint your eggs with glue and dip them in your favorite nonpareil sprinkles. Sprinkles give the eggs a new visual texture and serve as an alternative to regular dyeing methods.

Silk Tie Eggs

This Easter, let old silk ties make an appearance on your eggs rather than on the boys at your Easter gathering. Wrap eggs with the silk side facing the egg to ensure maximum pattern and color transfer. Wrap again with a lightweight light-colored fabric, and boil in water and 1/4 cup vinegar. Make sure the ties are 100-percent silk, or you’ll be stuck with plain eggs.

Chinese Marbled Tea Egg

These eggs are your only chance to crack the shells before you dye them. Chinese marbled tea eggs are traditionally made for Chinese New Year, but the beautiful natural brown marbling on the egg itself (rather than just the shell) is something you have to try this Easter. Crack the shells gently after simmering for 3 minutes, and add in soy sauce, black tea, cinnamon, star anise and sugar to finish the boiling process. After steeping overnight, this new spin on your traditional eggs will prove interesting both for the eye and the tongue.

Nylon Flower Eggs

Instead of drawing a flower on your egg shell, imprint a real flower’s silhouette for these delicate nylon flower eggs. Press the flower of your choice face down onto the egg, and envelop in nylon tied on both ends to hold the flower in place (unless one end is the toe).

Marbled Eggs

For a more natural dye for your eggs, these marbled eggs soak in grape juice and white vinegar. Simply let eggs sit in the mixture overnight for this blue/purple swirl. The creator of these eggs also painted half of the eggs with gold paint.

Moss Eggs

For more greenery in your home, use moss eggs for a clever Easter and spring decorating idea. Use glue to adhere the moss to the egg, whether you cover the entire egg with moss, or arrange it in a pattern or shape. Other natural elements like flowers can add to the egg as well. Your imagination is the limit.

Other ways to decorate eggs include using stencils, stamps, and stickers; drawing with markers and crayons; and using chalkboard paint to you can draw new designs on your eggs each day.

Just remember that egg shells are permeable, so if you use glue or anything else inedible, do not eat the eggs. Use fake eggs from a craft store if you want to reuse them from year to year.

 

 

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