We love to decorate for Easter celebrations! What is more fitting than a pretty painted Easter egg? Easter egg painting has been popular for years, but these ideas will help you take your eggs to the next level! Discover these modern ways to decorate your Easter eggs. Try dip-dyed, doodled to mosaic and metallic designs with these easy guides.


You'll find plenty of ideas for both decorating traditional eggs or faux alternatives. We have this fabulous papier-mache Easter egg guide to get you started. You can also use foam, wooden or plastic eggs to create these designs. Most of the designs on this list will work on any chosen material. We've even included free patterns for you to knit, crochet or cross stitch Easter eggs too.

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40 Easter Egg decorating ideas to try

Modern Colour-blocked eggs

Indulge in the beautiful earthy tones of these dip-dyed eggs. A modern, sleek way to celebrate Easter. Choosen your favourite colour combos and get painting. Why not create a dozen and display them in a bowl for your Easter lunch table decor?

How to make DIY Modern Colour-blocked Easter Eggs

DIY Modern Color Blocked Easter Eggs

Decorate with marbling

Marbling is one of our big trend predictions in craft this year. Decorate your eggs with this fun tutorial from Martha Stewart. Easy, fun and quick to make, you'll have an egg-cellent collection in no time!

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Bunny and Chick Easter Egg Designs

Go for classic Easter themes and transform your eggs into Easter chicks and bunnies. The little ones will love creating these Easter creatures.

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Dip-dyed Easter Eggs

It's easy to make your own Easter egg dye. This tutorial uses a homemade dye of vinegar, water and food colouring. The result is a stylish two-tone effect egg.

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How to decorate Easter Eggs with dip dye
How to decorate Easter Eggs with dip dye

Ice cream cone Easter Eggs

Check out this sweet idea and find out how to paint your Easter eggs to transform them into ice cream cones! Give them a cute little smile for an extra splash of personality.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Easter Eggs

Ice cream cone painted Easter Egg designs

Try natural dies for a subtle effect

Natural ingredients can create vibrant natural dyes, try using blueberries or spinach. Once you've created your dyes you can decorate your eggs. Find out more with Madison Alcedo over at Delish.

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Natural Dye Easter Egg ingredients

Doodled Easter Eggs

Embrace all the rainbow vibe with this simple idea for decorating eggs with pens... doodling is the trend that never dies and it's easy to try this at home. The tutorial and example below we've listed here are from Color Made Happy.

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Doodled Easter Egg Design Ideas
Doodled Easter Egg Designs from Color Made Happy

Paint them with pastel tones

Keep it simple, subtle and pretty with these floral egg patterns by Lolly Jane. Find out how to paint subtle designs and get creative with your Easter decor.

DIY Pastel Floral Egg Decorating

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Try wax resist Pysanky eggs

Make beautiful DIY Pysanky eggs (traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs). Decorate your eggs with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method.

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Wax Dyed Indigo Easter Egg Designs

Gilded Foil Easter Eggs

An easy way to give your eggs a modern metallic effect is to use gold leaf. Pencil Shavings Studio has created these beautiful gold leaf eggs using a kit. Pick these kits up online: Gold Leaf Kit.

Foil Easter Eggs from Pencil Shavings Studio

GIlded foil easter egg designs
Go for gold with Pencil Shavings Studio

Easter eggs with typography decoration

Lettering and personalisation is another big trend in the craft world this year. Lovely Indeed has got these beautiful lettering designs to inspire you! In the tutorial, they use a Cricut machine to die-cut their lettering but also show how to do it without one.

How to make decorate Easter eggs with typography

DIY Typography Easter eggs
Spell it out with this fun idea from Lovely Indeed

Ombre eggs

You'll find an array of dyed Easter egg ideas in this list but we love Mini Piccolini's lovely dyed blue ombre eggs. Find how exactly how to create them below.

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Decorate Eggs with embroidery stitches

Looking to up your texture level? Try cross-stitching into real eggshells! You can find the step-by-step guide below.

How to decorate Easter eggs with embroidery stitches

Cross stitched Easter Egg Decoration

Paint with bright, folksy florals

We're a bit smitten with traditional folk art designs on Easter Eggs. You can try this at home with some paints and thin paintbrushes. This free tutorial from Hobby Craft is super easy to follow, you'll have a collection of eggs in no time.

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floral decorated easter eggs

Decorate Mosaic Easter Eggs

This sweet idea is as effective as it is simple. Take two empty eggshells and paint them in contrasting colours. Once dry, break one shell up, use the broken shell to create a mosaic effect on the other. Say Not Sweet Anne has got a lovely tutorial to talk you through how it's done (pictured below).

How to make beautiful mosaic Easter eggs

Mosaic Easter Egg Designs
A cracking idea for mosaic decorating by Say Not Sweet Anne

Tie-dye Easter Eggs

For a different paint effect than traditional patterns, how about tie-dye? Crafty Morning has an easy tutorial to show you how.

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DIY Pantone Easter Eggs

One for all you design lovers and Pantone fans out there. A Kailo Chic Life shows us how to decorate plastic eggs in our favourite Pantone shades.

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DIY Pantone Easter Egg Designs

Painted pebbles

If you prefer not to use real eggs, swap them for oval rocks and get pebble painting! We love these cute designs in spring-fresh pastel brights.

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Easter Egg painted pebbles
Projects With Kids show you how to paint rocks for a cute spin on Easter Egg Designs

Crochet Easter Eggs!

If you prefer your Easter eggs of the vegan variety, reach for some yarn and a crochet hook and get crocheting! We've got a free tutorial to get you started.

Free crochet Easter eggs pattern

Free crochet easter eggs pattern in bowl

Decorate with Sharpies

Another doodle-inspired egg design! This time try the effect in monochrome for a modern effect that's easy to achieve at home. Chandra at #Blessed has this super simple but beautiful idea over at Home Talk.

Sharpie Doodle Easter Eggs

Sharpie Doodle Easter Egg Design Ideas

DIY Cactus Easter eggs

This idea speaks for itself - it's one of our favourites in this round-up purely for the fun factor! Better Homes & Gardens show us this cute tutorial on how to turn your eggs into mini cactus designs!

DIY Cactus Easter Eggs

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Knitted Easter Eggs

Take your Easter eggs to the next level and reuse them every year with this cute knitting pattern from Simply Knitting!

Free Easter eggs knitting pattern

3 knitted easter eggs in pastel colours hand from birch twigs in a vase

Confetti-filled Easter eggs

We love this idea for a fun way to make eggs that kids will love playing with once they're decorated. Fill them with confetti for a surprise element! Find the tutorial below for how it's done over at Babiekins mag.

How to make confetti-filled Easter Eggs

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Make felt Easter eggs

These clever felt eggs are from Love Embroidery. Create cute Easter decorations by stitching sweet embroidered details onto felt pieces. These make a wonderful keepsake you can enjoy for years to come!

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felt easter eggs square

Create DIY Doughnut effects

Food that's decorated to look like.. food?! Count us in for this. Kara's Party Ideas have the cutest DIY ever for how to decorate Easter eggs to look like doughnuts!

DIY Doughnut Easter Eggs

Doughnut Easter Egg Designs

Unicorn Easter Eggs

How about turning your Easter eggs into mini unicorns? Capture the look of the iconic unicorn cake that has swept the party world by storm in recent years... on your Easter Eggs. Try it yourself with the tutorial below from Goods Home Design.

DIY Unicorn Easter Eggs Tutorial

DIY Unicorn Easter Egg Designs

Star Wars Eggs!

One for all you Sci-Fi fans out there! Frugal Fun has come up with this space-themed set of Easter Egg Designs. We think they are amazing.

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Cross stitch Easter eggs

Create your own decorated eggs but without actually needing eggs! Cross stitch these beautiful cards designed by Maria Diaz. Get the free pattern below.

Free Easter cross stitch patterns

Two brightly coloured easter egg cross stitch cards

Decorate with quilling

We love this idea for an ornate finish for your Easter eggs. Decorate them with paper strips for a beautiful hand-crafted effect.

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How to make quilled papier-mâché Easter eggs

Woodland Animal Easter eggs

If sports aren't your thing, how about painting your eggs to look like woodland creatures? Arty Crafty Kids has got a great tutorial to show you how...

Woodland Animal Easter Egg Crafts

Woodland animals Easter Egg Decoration ideas

Galaxy painted Easter Eggs

Transform your Easter eggs into intergalactic wonders with this fun tutorial. These starry eggs will give your celebrations a unique twist!

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DIY Galaxy Painted Easter Egg Idea

Paint emoji Easter eggs

Put the fun into your Easter Egg decorating by turning your eggs into little yellow emojis. Choose your favourite emojis and get decorating!

How to make emoji Easter eggs

Emoji Easter eggs

Sharpie silhouette Easter eggs

We're bringing it back to traditional Easter themes with this one. Grab a couple of pastel Sharpie pens and try this simple way of adding a dotted design to your eggs.

Sharpie Easter Egg decorating idea

Sharpie Easter Eggs

Flash Tattoo Easter Eggs – add a flash of gold

Jessie Jane over at Hometalk has got a great DIY for you on how to add a flash of gold design to your Easter eggs. We adore the beautiful eggs she has created with this method!

DIY Flash Tattoo Easter Eggs video tutorial

Flash Tattoo Easter Egg Designs

Create classic florals with watercolour effects

Go classic with this easy DIY method of adding flower effects to your Easter eggs using tattoo paper from It's Always Autumn... including some classic free flower patterns to download to transfer on to your eggs.

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Mustache Easter eggs

From the classic to the contemporary, here's an egg with a distinguished twist! Give your Easter eggs mini moustaches.... how can you resist? Head over to Number 2 Pencil to find out how.

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Mustache Easter Egg Designs

Cover them in painted sprinkles

Give your Easter eggs a quick and simple update for a big cheer factor with this tutorial from Let's Mingle. Find out how to paint your eggs with simple rainbow sprinkles!

DIY Sprinkle Easter Eggs

DIY Sprinkle Easter Egg Designs

DIY glass Easter egg decorations

Anyone else suddenly seized by the urge to faff about with flowers now spring is here? These delicate glass Easter egg decorations will put you through your flower-pressing and glass-painting paces and provide ample opportunity for gratuitous petal play.


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DIY glass Easter egg decorations


Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor, Gathered.how

Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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