Although dyed Easter eggs can turn out lovely, the whole process can be messy and time consuming. Why not use up craft scraps and supplies you may already have, and create uniquely glamorous Easter eggs?
Hand-Drawn Easter Eggs
Better Homes & Gardens online shows easy ways to make allover designs using permanent-color ink pens in springtime pastel colors, as seen in “Marker Easter Eggs.” Or in a nostalgic black-on-white look as shown in “Permanent-Marker Doodled Eggs.”
Glittered & Gilded Easter Eggs
There are several ways to glitter up your eggs by brushing on craft glue in a variety of designs, and then pouring different shades of glitter over separated glue designs. But for a perfectly glittered polka-dot egg use double-sided glue dots, and roll in glitter, as described in “Polka Dot Glitter Eggs.”
To create beautifully burnished, metallic-looking eggs, simply whip out that old sparkle makeup or bronzer you no longer wear, and rub it over your eggs. Using plastic gloves will make this process easier and cleaner (as shown in the pictorial above) especially if your kids are helping.
Painted Easter Eggs
Use bright-colored tempera or poster paints to create beautiful freehand-swirls on “Painted Easter Eggs.” Or repurpose old nail-polish colors, in a variety of designs, and scenes as displayed above.
Painting with nail polish is ideal for a permanent, high-gloss finish, as it comes with it’s own brush for easy application, and it drys quickly. Get as creative as you want, but paint half your egg and allow it to dry, before painting the other half.
Nail-Polished Easter Eggs
If you don’t already have lots of unused nail polish, try the local dollar stores, where you can pick up many different colors for less than a dollar. First paint half of your glossy design, allowing it to dry (perched on a small, opened bottle top) before painting the other half.
Have your kids paint swirls, mountain scenes, beach scenes, stripes and polka dots onto the eggs you will be hiding. If you prefer, you can draw your egg design onto the shell first, in pencil (erasing what you don’t want) and then paint over the pencil lines.
Formal-Attire Easter Eggs
It really doesn’t take a lot of time or money to add glam onto your Easter eggs. Use hot-or-cold glue guns to fasten ribbons, bows, and rick-rack directly around eggs, as shown in “Paper Plate Egg Nest,” and in this hanging “Easter Egg Clusters” décor.
For a formal look simply wrap eggs in a pre-cut circle of fabric-lace, or a paper doily, gathering the excess together at the top with a satin ribbon (as seen in the formal-centerpieces above). Add tiny rosebuds, as I have, or create a tuxedo bow-tied effect, using satin ribbons in ceremonial shades of dress-black and navy-blue.