40+ Beautiful New Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

These are more like teeny, tiny masterpieces.

The Easter bunny has hidden enough plain, ol' boring eggs, thank you very much. Swap the traditional dye job for one of these creative twists, and your basket will steal Sunday's show.

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cactus easter eggs
Delia Creates
Cactus Eggs

Nestled in , "barrel cacti" stay in bloom thanks to scrunched squares of tissue paper. Luckily you don't have to worry about the thorns with these ones.

What you'll need: egg dye kit ($7, ), fine-tip markers ($5 for 2, )

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Mike Garten
Heirloom Eggs

Add some (temporary) ink with metallic flash tattoos. Looking it to mix it up? Use heirloom eggs — which come in pale blues and pinks — as the canvas.

What you'll need: flash tattoos ($10, )

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Dana Gallagher
Botanical Eggs

Foliage from the garden is the key to these all-natural stamps. Place a leaf facedown on the shell, then secure it with a tightly wrapped square of pantyhose (yes, really).

What you'll need: pantyhose ($5, ), white vinegar ($2, )

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easter egg tree
Mike Garten
"Dip-Dyed" Eggs

The key to perfectly even lines? It's not rubber bands or even painter's tape. Paint plastic eggs in pastel and metallic hues; then mismatch each half.

What you'll need: zinc vase ($19, ), plastic eggs ($7, )

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Shaving Cream Eggs

Turn to the bathroom cabinet for a cool dying trick sure to impress the kiddos. Swirled with food coloring, shaving cream imparts galaxy-like swirls on shells.

What you'll need: shaving cream ($6, )

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ombre easter eggs
Alison Gootee/Studio D
Ombré Eggs

A gradual gradient takes a little planning. Start out with six different glasses before carefully counting the drops of dye.

What you'll need: food dye ($8, ), white vinegar ($2, )

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Ice Cream Eggs

Not everyone like hard-boiled eggs, but these dessert-themed shells are a universal crowd-pleaser.

What you'll need: brush set ($6, ), craft paint set ($18, )

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Calligraphy Eggs

Writing in cursive on a curved surface isn't easy. The secret? Print out pretty penmanship on tattoo paper and adhere.

What you'll need: tattoo paper ($7, )

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Robins Eggs

This ethereal turquoise looks other-worldly, but the blue dye actually comes from all-natural red cabbage.

What you'll need: edible gold paint ($8, ), white vinegar ($2, )

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Floral Eggs

For a painterly take on the flowers outside, brush on lots of pastel petals.

What you'll need: brush set ($6, ), craft paint set ($18, )

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Michael Partenio
Speckled Eggs

Just like their candy counter-parts, these speckled eggs embrace the springtime color palette.


What you'll need: egg dye kit ($7, ), brown paint ($3, )

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Studio DIY
Sprinkle Eggs

For super-sweet eggs, try the baking aisle. As Kelly of says, "Sprinkles are the new glitter, after all!"

What you'll need: pastel nonpareils ($10, ), tacky glue ($5, )

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Flax & Twine
Flower Crown Eggs

Skip dying and painting and outfit boho eggs with headbands made of baby's breath.

What you'll need: wire ($5, ), baby's breath ($12, )

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Joy Ever After
Natural Eggs

Flip the typical egg-decor script and keep the earthy brown tone. Then get creative with a white paint pen.

What you'll need: paint pen ($5, )

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Studio DIY
Confetti Eggs

Pastel eggs covered in confetti make perfect sense: Welcoming warm-weather season is just as exciting as New Year's Eve.

What you'll need: craft paint set ($18, ), confetti ($8, )

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Paper & Snitch
Abstract Eggs

Brittni at calls this project "graffiti-inspired," but pastel paint and metallic accents create eggs that are much prettier and softer than scrawls on a brick wall.

What you'll need: metallic paint pens ($6, ), craft paint set ($18, )

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Alice and Lois
Marbled Eggs

This tutorial also uses nail polish, but the bold indigo hue looks a little more grown-up.

What you'll need: nail polish remover ($6, ), nail polish ($1, )

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Decor Dots
Minimal Eggs

Here's an out-of-the-box idea, literally. Coat the carton instead of its contents for an unusual take on the Easter classic.

What you'll need: black paint ($4, )

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piñata eggs
A Subtle Revelry
Piñata Eggs

Layer colorful crepe paper strips to create eggs that come dressed for the party.

What you'll need: glue gun ($13, ), streamers ($12, )

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Pottery Barn
Stone Eggs

A coat of "stone" spray paint on regular plastic eggs gives the dollar store buy an expensive-looking upgrade.

What you'll need: stone paint ($8, ), plastic eggs ($7 for 50, )

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Lovely Indeed
Typography Eggs

Edible typography isn't just for candy hearts on Valentine's Day. Make these cheeky Easter eggs and hide them for a fun holiday surprise.


What you'll need: adhesive vinyl ($6, ), craft paint set ($18, )

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Delineate Your Dwelling
Metallic Eggs

If springtime doesn't quite feel like springtime yet, try making these metallic eggs — the perfect tone for the transition between seasons.

What you'll need: chalk marker ($7, ), gold paint ($4, )

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Freutcake
Kool-Aid Eggs

Kool-Aid-dyed eggs are easy enough for kids that want to try something a little bit different this year, but still in the same wheelhouse as traditional dye.

What you'll need: Kool-Aid Liquid Drink Mix ($3, )

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The House that Lars Built
Flowery Eggs

Yes, these lovely botanical print-inspired eggs require a steady hand — but what a cool way to practice illustration! There's a step-by-step so anyone can do this nifty project.

What you'll need: craft paint set ($18, ), brush set ($6, )

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A Joyful Riot
Gumball Machine Eggs

Bring back childhood memories with a wee candy dispenser. Jellybeans don't standa chance.

What you'll need: red paper ($10, ), colored Sharpies ($9, )

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The Merrythought
Mossy Eggs

We love this refreshing, spring project — not just because it's an easy way to sneak some greenery into your Easter celebration. The DIY moss-covered eggs use glue and a paintbrush to create plant patterns.


What you'll need: moss ($8, )

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Only Deco Love
Whipped Cream Eggs

Did you know you can dye eggs with whipped cream? It creates a lovely muted watercolor-like tone, and it's no harder than traditional dye.

What you'll need: gel food coloring ($13 for 12, )

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Posh Little Designs
Swirled Eggs

Marble is the hottest thing in decor right now — so why not marbleize your Easter eggs?


What you'll need: nail polish ($17 for 10, )

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Sugar and Charm
Mosaic Eggs

Don't cry over a broken egg. These innovative mosaic crafts make something beautiful out of a shattered shell.

What you'll need: food dye ($8, ), white vinegar ($2, )

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Studio DIY
Emoji Eggs

Why not wear your emotions on your sleeves — or in this case, on your eggs? These emoji eggs are the best way to tell your Easter visitors how you feel: Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes? Loudly Crying Face? Or Relieved Face?


What you'll need: Sharpie paint markers ($13 for 5, ), craft paint set ($18, )

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