Plain old dye? Been there, dipped that. Rather than resorting to the usual Easter tradition of using egg dye, why not try an Easter egg design that’s actually unique? Whether painted, monogrammed, or decoupaged, each and every one of the easy Easter egg decorations and Easter egg designs we’ve compiled here is sure to put a fun, fresh spin on all of your Easter festivities this spring. Adults, teens, and tots alike can all easily get behind each of these festive and family-friendly DIY crafts. (Yes, even the ones that look difficult are actually so simple to recreate at home with a few paint pens and a little bit of patience!)

But with so many ideas (over 80 of them, to be exact!), where should you even begin? Well, we suggest scrolling through these Easter crafts and selecting one that feels most like “you.” Do you want to go modern and ultra-sophisticated? Then opt for a chic “feathered” egg or one of the more geometric designs on our list. Looking instead for something a little more country-chic? Try our watercolor gingham egg—it comes together easily with just a few craft store supplies.

When you’re all done hatching your design scheme, check out our top Easter egg hunt ideas and tips on how to peel hard boiled eggs.

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Basket-Inspired Easter Egg

Talk about a meta Easter egg! To achieve this look, draw a basket on the front of a white egg using a brown paint pen. Next, use pastel paint pens to draw eggs. When the paint is dry, add details on the eggs with a white paint pen.

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Three-Dimensional Butterfly Easter Egg

We can’t get over this lovely design. To mimic the look, brush both sides of a small piece of ditsy floral fabric with Mod Podge, then hang it to dry. Draw a butterfly on stiffened fabric and cut out, then hot-glue the beautiful creature to a natural or dyed egg.

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Button Flower Easter Egg

Hot-glue small white and yellow buttons, arranged in a flower shape, to a natural or dyed egg to achieve this pretty look. Attach paper leaves with hot glue to finish it off.

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Cross-Stitch Initial Easter Egg

It’s easy to make a “cross-stitch” egg, and no, you don’t have to be an artist to make it happen: Draw small x’s (to mimic cross-stitches) with a paint pen in the shape of an initial on natural or dyed eggs.

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Lavender Sprig Easter Egg

Just looking at this egg gives us a peaceful feeling! To make it, dye an egg purple, then wrap it several times with white string and thread dried lavender sprigs through string.

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Faux Bois Easter Egg

The fun part about this design idea is that you don’t need to dye your eggs to make it happen (although you can): Start with naturally brown eggs, then sketch a wood-grain pattern with a white paint pen.

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Swedish Folk Art Easter Egg

Here’s a truly original design idea! Using pastel paint pens, draw a folk art flower pattern (search “Swedish floral folk art” online for inspiration).

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Watercolor Gingham Easter Egg

Everyone will be praising your creativity if you can pull off this country-chic egg. The secret? It’s simple! Using watercolors and a flat-tipped bristle brush, simply paint horizontal stripes on a white egg. Once dry, paint vertical stripes in a complementary color.

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Ladybug Easter Egg

It’s both an Easter egg and an April Fool’s joke waiting to happen! For this design, just draw a ladybug pattern with a black paint pen on a pink dyed egg. Then, cut antennae from black craft wire; attach with hot glue.

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Silk-Dyed Easter Egg

For this easy design, just wrap a white egg with a patterned piece of 100% silk fabric. (The patterned side should face inward.) Hold the fabric in place with a twist tie, then boil in water with 1/4 cup white vinegar for 20 minutes. Remove, cool, then unwrap.

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Lemon Easter Egg

This “lemon egg” is way too cute. Here’s how to bring it to life: Just dye an egg yellow, then draw small spots with a black paint pen to resemble a lemon’s exterior. Finally, roll a small rectangle of brown felt into a tube, holding it closed with hot glue, and attach green felt leaves with more hot-glue. Glue the stem to the egg, and you’re done!

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Rickrack Egg

Pink, blue, and oh-so-preppy! For this fun egg design, simply hot-glue rickrack in various colors and widths around a natural or dyed egg.

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Gold Leaf Tulip Easter Egg

Draw a tulip on a natural egg to recreate this inspired decoration idea. Next, paint the inside of the drawing with Mod Podge, and allow it to sit until it’s tacky. Finally, lay a sheet of gold leaf over drawing; use a soft brush to press onto glue. Once adhered, carefully brush away the excess foil.

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Folk Pattern Easter Egg

We love how natural, simple, and sophisticated this design is. To craft it at home, use a navy blue paint pen to draw a folk art flower pattern (search “Pfaltzgraff folk art” online for inspiration).

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Vintage Botanicals Easter Egg

This old-school design is inspired by vintage botanicals. You can recreate it easily: Print out copies of your favorite versions of those vintage blooms, then cut out the flowers and greenery and attach to natural or dyed eggs with Mod Podge.

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Transferware Easter Egg Decor

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Cotton Candy Eggs

Douse cotton balls in blue or pink paint and gold glitter so that your Easter decor mirrors a sweet springtime treat.

Get the tutorial at Posh Little Designs.

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Nature Eggs

Forget art supplies—turn to natural craft essentials in your own backyard to festively decorate each hardboiled egg. ‘Tis the floral season, after all!

Get the tutorial at A Daily Something.

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Cactus Eggs

From the mini white terracotta pot to the cardstock extremities, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more creative Easter egg decorating idea than this.

Get the tutorial at The Shift Creative.

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Gold Animal Eggs

Grab a pack of your kids’ favorite mini animals and convert them into perfectly proportioned Easter egg adornments, thanks to a bit of gold paint and glitter.

Get the tutorial at Flax & Twine.

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Bunny Egg Shell Vase

Bring the good old Easter bunny to life with egg shell figurines that double as mini vases.

Get the tutorial at We Are Scout.

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Pineapple Eggs

Yellow paint and green cardstock make these delightful pineapple eggs look as good as the real deal.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Balloon Eggs

Easter’s obviously a cause for celebration, so why not craft eggs to that effect? Balloon-covered egg decorations will instantly get friends and family in the spirit.

Get the tutorial at A Joyful Riot.

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Highlighter Eggs

The easiest way to add a vibrant, mess-free pop of color to your Easter eggs? Highlighters! Dig through the family arts and crafts drawer for a few bright markers, then let your inner artist take over.

Get the tutorial at Salty Canary.

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Fruit-Stamped Eggs

Your teens may groan at the sight of fruit, but this is a whole different ballpark. Easily create your own produce-shaped stamps using pencil erasers, then add ink and go to town on each egg.

Get the tutorial at Delineate Your Dwelling.

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Monogrammed Easter Egg Design

Mark each place at the Easter table with a gorgeous egg bearing the first initial of each guest’s name. Simply fleck tan acrylic paint (thinned with a bit of water) on undyed farm eggs using a small paintbrush, then when dry, handwrite the letters with a gold paint pen.

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Lettuceware Egg Decorating Idea

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Spatterware Easter Egg Design

Put a dab of acrylic paint in a small bowl and thin with water. Use a small flat-edge paint brush to paint and fleck the paint on eggs. Imperfect “splats” make the design more realistic!

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Jadeite Egg Decor

Use white Puffy Paint to dot the raised patterns on eggs. Once dry, paint eggs with glossy green acrylic paint.

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Moss Egg Decorating Idea

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Flecked Easter Egg Design

Use a small paintbrush to fleck tan acrylic paint (thinned with a bit of water) on undyed farm eggs. Once dry, handwrite guests’ initials with a gold paint pen and display on moss and twigs as place cards, or place on candlesticks to add height and texture to your table.

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Marbled Easter Egg Idea

You can use any color of nail polish to create this pretty marble design, but indigo blue looks particularly beautiful.

Get the tutorial at Alice and Lois.

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White Accented Easter Egg

Use a white paint pen to add some simple patterns to light brown eggs.

Get the tutorial at Joy Ever After.

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Feather Easter Eggs

If your preferred home decor style is rustic, these feathered eggs give a nod to Easter without breaking from your vibe.

Get the tutorial at Frugal Mom Eh.

Tools you’ll need: Mod Podge ($7 for 16 oz.; amazon.com)

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Pyrex Egg Design

Download and print a pattern (like the ones at Vintage
DigiArt.etsy.com) and adhere to egg with glossy Mod Podge. (Pictured here is the “Butterfly Gold” pattern Pyrex introduced in 1972!)

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Bunny Easter Egg Idea

Your kids will love these little nursery-themed bunny eggs.

Get the tutorial at Bitte.

What you’ll need: PAAS Friends egg decorating kit ($2; amazon.com)

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Farm Animal Easter Eggs

This farm scene’s cuteness level is off the scale.

Get the tutorial at Look What I Made.

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Dyed Robin’s Egg Decor

It might look difficult, but achieving the gold-flecked accents on these robin’s eggs is actually quite simple.

Get the tutorial at Honestly Yum.

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Watercolor Easter Eggs

These beautiful eggs, decorated with watercolors, are the perfect way to add some understated Easter decor to your home.

Get the tutorial at Craftberry Bush.

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Easter Eggs, Three Ways

Robin’s Egg: To create the base color shown above, add two drops of green food coloring to standard blue egg dye, and then dye egg. Once dry, dip a fine-tipped paintbrush in a small bowl of brown liquid ink (available at craft stores) and splatter on the egg.

Paper Napkin Egg: Unfold a paper napkin and cut into ½-inch-wide strips. Use Mod Podge and a small paintbrush to adhere strips to the egg, lining up the pattern and trimming away any excess napkin. Once covered, let dry, then apply a final coat of Mod Podge.

Twine Egg: Use a small paintbrush to apply crafter’s glue onto the top of an egg. Starting in the center of the top, wrap twine (we used four-ply) into a tight circle. Continue to brush on glue and wrap the egg until it is completely covered. (You will use approximately 12 feet of twine.) Trim excess.

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Strawberry Easter Eggs

Nestle your “produce” in a berry basket for an instant centerpiece.

For the eggs: Dye eggs pink (we used PAAS dye) and let dry. Next use a gold paint pen to draw seeds.

For the stem and leaves: Wrap a 3- to 5-inch piece of wire in floral tape. Bend one end of the wire (about a half-inch) at a 90-degree angle and hot-glue bent section to egg base. Cut leaves from green felt and glue to stem and egg, being sure to cover up wire stem base.

For the blossoms: Use a small star punch to cut out paper stars. Squeeze points to curl and use a yellow marker or colored pencil to create center.

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Temporary Tattoo Easter Eggs

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Glitter Easter Eggs

Go glam by adding glitter and polka dots to brown eggs. They’re sure to be a bowl full of pretty.

Get the tutorial at The Girl Inspired.

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Use everyday ingredients like red onions and blueberries for a safe and natural approach to dyeing eggs.

Get the tutorial.

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Easter Egg Terrariums

For a blooming twist on Easter eggs, put your green thumb to work with these mini terrariums.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

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Ombré Easter Eggs

You can create this dramatic display with just two 0.25-ounce vials of blue dye you may already have in the kitchen. Set out six 12-ounce glasses, labeled A through F. Add one cup of boiling water and two teaspoons of white vinegar to each and stir, using a separate spoon for each glass. Then, mix in the color as follows: A, two drops; B, six drops; C, 10 drops; D, 20 drops; E, 45 drops; F, 60 drops. Submerge a hard-boiled egg in each glass. Steep for five minutes, or until you’re happy with the hue, then remove and place in an empty egg carton to dry. Repeat with additional eggs (up to three dozen).

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Botanical Egg Designs

The secret to these mini masterpieces? Foliage and flowers gathered from the garden. Blogger Sonia Bauer of Bigsislilsis.com simply positioned a blossom or a leaf facedown against each egg, then wrapped the egg in a four-inch square of panty hose and secured it with a twist tie.

To achieve these earthy hues, Bauer whipped up her own dyes using purple cabbage, yellow onions, and cranberries.

Step 1: Select produce based on your color choice: 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries; 1 head purple cabbage, sliced; skins from 3 yellow onions.

Step 2: In a covered, 8-quart stockpot over medium-high heat, bring 10 cups water and produce to a boil; let boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to low, then strain and discard produce.

Step 3: Bring water back to a gentle boil, then stir in 3 tablespoons vinegar (1/4 cup for cabbage). Gently lower eggs into pot and boil for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Turn off heat, cover, and let stand for 2 to 3 hours, or until desired color is achieved. Remove eggs and transfer to carton; let cool.

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Easy Masking Tape Egg Idea

They look elaborate, but all of these designs were made with plain old masking tape.

Step 1: Simply cut the tape into strips to create stripes and plaids, use paper punches for letters or plant and animal shapes ($9.99 each; eksuccess.com), and try craft scissors for the wavy bands.

Step 2: Then apply the tape carefully to the shells of raw eggs, smoothing out any air bubbles, and tint according to the dye package’s instructions (we used Paas).

Step 3: Once the shells dry, blow out the yolks and remove the tape to reveal your motifs.

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Easter Egg Flower Vase

Rather than your usual vase, house your spring flowers in eggs. Use candle wax to attach them to a small mirror, then place by a window or on a dining table.

Get the tutorial at Craftberry Bush.

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Confetti Dipped Easter Eggs

These pretty pastel eggs are made even more stunning with some glitzy gold confetti.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Speckled Easter Eggs

These eggs are a festive and fun way to bring springtime into your home.

Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Calligraphy Egg Decorating Idea

You don’t need perfect penmanship to create these elegant eggs—just use some tattoo paper to apply your favorite springtime expressions.

Get the tutorial at Oh Happy Day.

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Gumball Machine Easter Eggs

These bright decorations feature blown out eggs so you can reuse them for birthday celebrations, kid’s parties, and Easter next year.

Get the tutorial at A Joyful Riot.

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Kool-Aid Eggs

These punchy eggs are an easy way for kids to get extra expressive without leaving behind a big mess.

Get the tutorial at Freutcake.

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Floral Eggs

Create these mini masterpieces with some black paint and floral inspiration. These artsy eggs may take more time, but the gorgeous results are worth it.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

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Twine and Lace Easter Eggs

Wrap your eggs with twine and embellish them with lace, buttons, and ribbon for a vintage look.

Get the tutorial at My Desert Cottage.

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DIY Découpage Eggs

Gently attaching color copies of vintage botanical prints turns Easter eggs into gorgeous floral art. You can also use printed wallpaper or wrapping paper for this craft.

Get the tutorial at Honestly Yum.

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Paint-Splattered Easter Eggs

Using the colors of your choice (you can stick to more Easter-y colors or go more modern, like this blogger), simply fling paint at eggs ’til you like how they look!

Get the tutorial at Squirrelly Minds.

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Pressed Flower Easter Eggs

Thin pressed flowers will work best when creating these beautiful designs on your eggs.

Get the tutorial at Jennuine.

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Giant Floral Easter Egg

If you’re a veteran of Easter egg decorating, go for something bigger this year and tackle this 3-foot paper mache creation! The floral garland makes this craft an eye-catching decoration for your home.

Get the tutorial at Oh Happy Day.

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Silhouette Easter Egg Idea

We love the old-fashioned charm of this silhouette design.

Get the tutorial at Jennuine.

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Watercolor Letter Easter Eggs

Display these pastel eggs in your home, or hide them around for the little ones to find and spell out a secret message.

Get the tutorial at Oh Happy Day.

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Sharpie Egg Decorating Idea

This Easter, use a pink and yellow Sharpie to put your coloring skills to work.

Get the tutorial at Mom.me.

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Moss-Covered Easter Eggs

Bundled in moss and twine, Easter eggs take on a rustic, nature-esque look, perfect for spring.

Get the tutorial at Love Grows Wild.

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Easter Egg Bunnies

You’ve never seen Easter bunnies look quite this adorable.

Get the tutorial at Little Red Window.

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Typography Easter Eggs

Show off your sense of humor with these cheeky Easter eggs.

Get the tutorial at Lovely Indeed.

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Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Wish geese really laid golden eggs? These metallic designs are the next best thing.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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Cherry Blossom Easter Eggs

Turn your eggs into flowering cherry blossom trees with yarn and pink sequins.

Get the tutorial at Craft Passion.

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Sharpie Easter Eggs

Short on time? Skip the dye (and the mess) and outline a silhouette cutout with a Sharpie for quick and easy decoration.

Get the tutorial at Cutesy Crafts.

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Silk-Dyed Eggs

Who knew that silk fabric transfers onto eggshells as easily as the dye in a decorating kit? Regular old vinegar plus hot water does the trick.

Step 1: For each egg, cut out a 5-inch square of patterned 100 percent silk. (We limited ourselves to black-and-white prints to achieve the effect above; colored patterns yield more vibrant results.) Lightly dampen the fabric, then lay it flat, right side up, and place your egg in the center. Gather the fabric tightly around the egg, like a beggar’s purse, and secure with a rubber band. Repeat this step for the same egg, using a same-size square of plain white cotton and a second rubber band. Note: Use blown eggs if you’d like to keep your handiwork longer.

Step 2: Place eggs in a single layer in a nonreactive pot and add enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Add 4 tablespoons of white vinegar. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes.

Step 3: Remove eggs with tongs and cool about 20 minutes. Then unwrap the fabrics to reveal the exquisite designs.

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DIY Doughnut Easter Eggs

Doughnut lovers will love decking out their Easter eggs with colorful sprinkles.

Get the tutorial at Kara’s Party Ideas.

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Elegant Eggs

Make these pastel beauties last for years by first blowing out the egg’s whites and yolks.

Step 1: Insert a long needle into the bottom of each egg; make a small hole, then make a slightly larger one in the top.

Step 2: Move the needle around inside the shell to break the yolk.

Step 3: Blow over the smaller hole—feel free to use a straw if you don’t want to touch the egg directly—until the liquid drips out of the larger hole.

Step 4: Run the egg under water. Blow the water out, and let the shell dry overnight.

Step 5: After coloring the egg, attach fabric scrapbooking flowers ($7/150; memoryvilla.com) with tiny dots of glue. Lightly press each flower with your finger, then release.

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Papier-Mâché Egg Baskets

Take a page from the grade-school activity book with these delicate candy dishes, made using shredded brown lunch bags and sheets from an old dictionary. You can also use these nests to corral your decorated Easter eggs.

Step 1: Tightly cover a small bowl with plastic wrap, then flip the bowl upside down on wax paper. In another container, mix equal parts water and clear glue.

Step 2: Dip handfuls of shredded paper into the glue mixture, then immediately lay them on the bowl until it’s covered.

Step 3: Lightly press dry paper strips along the outside to create a “nesty” look.

Step 4: Let dry for 12 hours; carefully pull the wrap off the bowl and away from the nest.

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Ice Cream Cone Easter Eggs

Kids will get a kick out of these “flavorful” ice cream eggs!

Get the tutorial at Kara’s Party Ideas.

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Floral Eggs

With some string and acrylic paint, you can easily create this delicate display in an afternoon.

Get the tutorial at Decor8.

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Sprinkle Eggs

The prettiest way to accessorize eggs? With sprinkles! “Sprinkles are the new glitter, after all,” says this blogger.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Flower Crown Eggs

Take a cue from this trendy fashion accessory and style your eggs in some pretty flower crowns made from baby’s breath.

Get the tutorial at Flax & Twine.

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Metallic Eggs

Amp up the glam factor this Easter with these gold, silver, and bronze eggs.

Get the tutorial at Delineate Your Dwelling.

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Galaxy Eggs

These space-inspired eggs feature layers of brushed on and splattered paint, making them each a unique little work of art.

Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

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