How to Color Easter Eggs

Perhaps this is your first time coloring eggs, or you just can't remember how to color Easter eggs. All of your Easter egg coloring questions are answered below!

How to Color Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are specially decorated eggs given every year to celebrate the Easter holiday or springtime. For centuries, eggs have been part of our easter traditions...they are symbolic of new life and fertility, and are representative of resurrection.

Without getting into a lot of history of the Easter egg, the basic origin of Easter eggs is debatable. The concept dates back to pagan times, but it's exact origin is not actually a known fact.

In modern times, we dye our eggs and hide them to find on Easter morning. Kids look forward to this tradition every year, and enjoy giving them to relatives as homemade Easter gifts. However your family celebrates Easter, eggs will likely be part of it.

How to Dye Easter Eggs

Before coloring easter eggs, you must first hard boil them. I find that using a little older eggs works better for colored eggs. They are much easier to peel when they are a few weeks old. Purchase your eggs about two weeks before Easter.

Lay down some newspaper so that you don't stain your work surface, and line up a row of cups (one cup for each color). Fill the cups with the easter egg dye...which you can create in one of two ways:

  • One - Buy the pre-made colored tablets and follow the directions on the box to dissolve your tablets in water
  • Two - Make your own easter egg dye to fill the cups with

Once you have your cups filled with the colored water, dip each egg in. The longer you leave it in, the darker (or more vivid) the color is. Use a spoon or bent piece of wire to dunk and remove your egg if you do not want to get the dye on your hands.

Let the eggs dry by cutting egg-size holes in a piece of cardboard and suspending it between to objects (so that the eggs aren't touching anything above or beneath).

Easter Egg Dye Recipe

It's really simple to make your own easter egg dye. All you need is:

  • water
  • vinegar (plain white)
  • food coloring

Fill each cup about 2/3 of the way with water (if you put too much water in it, it will overflow when you place the egg inside). Add about one teaspoon of vinegar--it doesn't have to be an exact measurement. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the exact color you want. Mix colors to achieve even more colors to work with. Tip: When they've dried, you can rub your eggs with vegetable oil for a shiny finish.

Easter Egg Pattern

Easter egg designs are endless... you certainly don't need an easter egg template to create something beautiful!

Try putting a sticker or making a design with a clear wax crayon on the egg before dipping it in the colored water. After the egg dries, wherever the wax crayon or sticker was, it will be white. For yet another look, wait until the easter eggs are dry, and decorate them with stickers (this is by far the easiest way for little kids to decorate them).

Easter Egg Decorating Tips

Here are a few of my other favorite ideas to decorate an easter egg with:

  • Tissue Paper Eggs - Cut up newer (not the old faded stuff) tissue paper into little squares. Spritz the eggs with water. Lay the tissue paper all around the egg, creating whatever design you wish. Spritz again with a little water until all of the tissue paper is a little wet. Set it aside and let it dry. After the paper is dry, remove it to reveal the color it has left behind. This looks like stained glass, but involves no messy egg coloring!

  • Marbelized Eggs - add one teaspoon of vegetable oil to your colored water when dyeing eggs to give them a marbelized look when they dry.

  • Fingerprint Eggs - make a design using tempra paint and your little ones fingerprints.

  • Splatter Eggs - color your egg. With a contrasting color of tempra paint, use a paintbrush or old toothbrush to "flick" paint onto the egg. Note: this is VERY messy!

  • Rubber Band Eggs - put rubber bands around your eggs before dunking them in your colored water. When the eggs dry and you take the rubber bands off, you'll see a cool line design around the egg.

Easter Egg Painting

Maybe you've decided that you don't want to deal with the mess of coloring eggs...then why not paint easter eggs? Painted eggs can be just as brilliant as colored ones... often times they are even more stunning!

First, make sure that your eggs are completely dry, or your paint will run all over the place.

You can either use the recipe from above to create your own colored water to apply with a paintbrush, or simply paint your eggs with acrylic paint.

Instead of just using a paintbrush, try to apply the paint using a sponge (for a speckled egg) or tissue paper (for a crackled looking egg) for a completely different look. You can also paint your entire egg, and take the paint away using the hard tip of a paint brush to reveal a white design. Or color your eggs first using easter egg dye, then paint a design over them. The options are endless with paint!

One year we did "theme" eggs...the boys chose Nemo, and the girls chose Disney Princesses. These were such a hit! Therefore, I couldn't do a page about coloring easter eggs without including my kids all-time favorite easter egg designs:

Disney Easter Eggs

You can purchase the Disney princesses egg kits at the store, or get creative and make your own.

Dye the eggs a girly pink, purple, or soft blue color. Get on the internet and print out little photos of princesses for them to glue on the eggs, or simply buy stickers. Paint gold crowns on the eggs, and attach small beads, sequins, or glitter.

We used a plastic crown and added a cardboard bottom to it to create a basket to display their princess eggs in.

Finding Nemo Easter Eggs

First dye the eggs blue, or use one of the above techniques to blend two shades of blue to look like water. Use Nemo stickers or paint fish on the eggs. Wrap a piece of white or fish net stocking around the egg to make it look like the fish are in a net. Glue gummy fish to some eggs, and write the name of different Finding Nemo characters on others. Create several different "under the sea" themed eggs, and display them all in a fish bowl for a unique look.

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