Easter is right around the corner! That means putting Easter baskets together and, of course, coloring eggs with your kids. After a few years though, and especially if your family has been doing it the same way year after year, Easter egg coloring can become monotonous. Whether you’re dyeing your eggs to go in Easter baskets, be a centerpiece at Easter dinner or just as a way to have family fun; these tips from Reader’s Digest will ensure that decorating your Easter eggs this year is fun and interesting!
For this method, you’re going to need to pick up some chalkboard paint, which can be purchased at any craft store or online. The first thing you might want to do is paint every inch of the egg with the chalkboard paint. Then, you can use any kind of chalk to color and draw patterns on the eggs. But the best part of this idea is that the chalk is totally washable. Just carefully wash the egg with some water and maybe a little bit of soap, dry it off and you’re good to go for another round! This will provide your kids with endless amounts of fun in the days leading up to Easter – or however long it takes for the eggs to go bad.
The first step is to go to a local store that you know sells fake tattoos and grab a few packs that you know your family is going to love – whether they’re princesses for your little girl, super heroes for your little boy or flowers for your significant other. As long as they love the packs that you picked up for them (or let them pick out themselves) you’re good to go. Then, you can apply them to the eggs just as you would to human skin.
The reference link doesn’t actually say anything about this, but if you want the bright colorful dyes and epic awesome tattoos, then grab a simple dye pack when you pick up the tattoos. Dye the eggs and wait for them to completely dry before you try putting the tattoo on. There’s no guarantee how it’ll come out, so keep plenty of un-colored eggs and tattoos just in case.
If you don’t mind a little mess, there are a million things that you can do with acrylic paint. Some of it is actually pretty amazing – so amazing that I couldn’t pick just one way of using acrylic paint. You can use paint for the eggs, or you can dye the eggs, wait for them to dry, and then create designs with the paint over top of the dye. One of the ideas that struck out to me was taking an (unused) tooth-brush to “speckle” the paint into cool patterns onto the egg. But, of course, since this is art, you don’t really need guidelines for what you can do with acrylic paint.
Long story short, the options for using paint are actually endless. If you’ve never used actual paint to color your eggs, I highly recommend that you try it and just let your imaginations go wild.
Black and White Eggs
If you have plenty of Sharpies, you have a dye-free way to decorate eggs. You can draw all sorts of patterns and shapes, and even secret hidden messages on the egg if you want to. The only limit is your imagination!
If you would like more options for your artwork, then you can totally splurge for colored Sharpies with different tips on them (fine, blunt, marker, pen, etc.) Also, if you don’t want white or brown as the base, you can dye your eggs before you take a marker to them. Just make sure that your eggs are completely dry before you put sharpie to them!
Tip: Make sure the area you’re working in is well ventilated or near an open window – especially when working with younger children.
Who doesn’t love glitter glue? You can use the glitter glue with almost any of these options here, just to add a little pizzazz to an already awesome egg. Or, you can use the glue on its own, or with an already dyed egg. You can make patterns with the glitter glue, use different colors of glitter glue, or you can use the glue as actual glue to stick other things on it. There’s no way you can go wrong with adding glitter glue.
In the end, there are tons of ways to have lots of fun coloring eggs – whether you’re two or forty-two. So this year, grab as many eggs as you can and try out something new!