Decorating for Easter is becoming more and more popular in recent years and so we’re here to make it easy for you with this hand-picked collection of Easter egg design ideas too to give you some inspiration for your finished eggs. We’ve included our favourite modern ways to decorate your eggs – from dip-dyed to doodled, mosaic to metallic. Read on for your complete guide to how to decorate eggs for Easter.
Dive on into this bumper batch of egg decorating ideas, from colour-blocking to florals. We’ve included lots of ideas you can use here to decorate traditional eggs, alongside a whole bunch of options if you’re vegan (or you just prefer a dairy-free alternative to using actual eggs), as you can easily try all the design ideas in this feature with papier mache Easter eggs or reusable foam, faux, wooden or plastic eggs. We’ve even included free patterns for you to knit, crochet or cross stitch Easter eggs too.
40 Easter Egg decorating ideas to try
Modern Colour blocked eggs
We’re loving the earthy tones of these dip-dyed, colour-blocked Easter egg designs over at ohsobeautifulpaper.com
Decorate with marbelling
Marbelling is one of our big trend-predictions in craft this year, – give it a go to decorate your eggs with this fun tutorial from Martha Stewart.
Bunny and Chick Easter Egg Designs
Go for classic Easter themes and transform your eggs into Easter chicks and bunnies, with this fun DIY project from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.
Dip dyed Easter Eggs
It’s easy to make your own Easter egg dye. This tutorial from www.eggs.ca uses a homemade dye of vinegar, water and food colouring to create this stylish two-tone effect.
Ice cream cone Easter Eggs
Check out this sweet idea (in more ways than one) from Kara’s Party Ideas for how to paint your Easter eggs to look like Ice Cream Cones!
Try natural dies for a subtle effect
Raid your kitchen or garden for natural ingredients to create your own natural dyes, and use those to colour your eggs with a lovely subtle range of colours. Madison Alcedo over at Delish talks you through the different things you can use to dye eggs from everyday ingredients like blueberries or spinach.
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.
Paint them with pastel tones
We’re in a big painting zone lately after launching our Art section of Gathered earlier this year (packed full of beginner guides and stash for painting and drawing). Lolly Jane have shared this beautiful design idea for hand painting eggs with floral patterns. Check it out…
Try wax resist Psyanky eggs
Miss Mustard Seed shares this beautiful DIY for how to make Pysanky – traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs, decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax resist method.
How to decorate Indigo Pysanky Wax-Dyed Eggs
Gilded Foil Easter Eggs
An easy way to give your eggs a modern metallic effect is to try gold leaf – Pencil Shavings Studio has created these beautiful gold leaf eggs using a kit – you can pick these up pretty cheaply online – like this Gold Leaf Kit for £12.99 on Amazon.
Easter eggs with typography decoration
Lettering and personalisation is another big trend in the craft world this year – get the look by adding DIY greetings to your eggs. Lovelyindeed.com have got these beautiful designs to inspire you – they’ve used a Cricut machine to die-cut their lettering but also include tips for how to create the same effect with letter stickers if a Cricut is still on your wish list.
We’ve included a few ideas for dying Easter Eggs in this round-up as you can get such lovely effects with this technique. Mini Piccolini has come up with these lovely dyed blue ombre eggs. Find out how she made them on her blog.
Decorate Eggs with embroidery stitches
Looking to up your texture level? Try cross stitching into real egg shells! Yes – it can be done (it’s actually not witchcraft – head over to crafts.tutsplus.com for the full tutorial, below…
Paint with bright, folksy florals
We’re a bit smitten with traditional folk art designs on Easter Eggs and this is a great effect to try at home with some paints and thin paint brushes. This bright painted set of 6 Easter Eggs is actually a shop-brought version (find them in Heirloom Art. Co‘s online store)
Rainbow Eggs! (you know you want to)
We stumbled upon this eye-catching set of rainbow Easter eggs over on Luscious Dwelling’s Etsy store – we can’t think of a more cheerful way of decorating your own Easter eggs than by painting them rainbow shades, but if you’re short of time you an always cheat and buy this ready-made set (we won’t tell anyone).
Decorate Mosaic Easter Eggs
This sweet idea is as effective as it is simple – use our technique for blowing eggs to create two empty egg shells, paint them two different colours, then break one up into mosaic pieces to decorate the other! Say Not Sweet Anne has got a lovely tutorial to talk you through how it’s done (pictured below).
Tie die Easter Eggs
For a different paint effect than traditional patterns, how about tie die? Crafty Morning have an easy tutorial to show you how.
DIY Pantone Easter Eggs
One for all you design lovers and Pantone fans out there. A Kailo Chic Life has come up with this cute idea for decorating plastic egg hunt eggs in the shades of your favourite Pantone swatches.
If you prefer not to use real eggs, swap them for oval rocks and get pebble painting! We found these cute designs in spring-fresh pastel brights over at www.projectswithkids.com.
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.
Decorate with Sharpies
Another doodle-inspired egg design, this time try the effect in monochrome for a really modern effect that’s easy to achieve at home. Chandra at #Blessed has this super simple but beautiful idea over at www.hometalk.com.
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 have come up with this cute tutorial for how to turn your eggs into mini cactus designs!
Knitted Easter Eggs
If you’re more comfortable with knitting needles than we’ve got a free pattern from Simply Knitting for you to try.
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.
Make felt Easter eggs
These clever felt eggs from Love Embroidery involve stitching sweet embroidered details on to felt pieces, then stitching them together to make cute DIY Easter decorations.
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 donoughts!
Unicorn Easter Eggs
While we’re taking this round-up down a fun, cute path, 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.
Star Wars Eggs!
One for all you Sci Fi fans out there (our unofficial study of the Gathered team does prove there to be a link between a love of geekery and crafting). Frugal Fun 4 Boys have come up with this space-themed set of Easter Egg Designs. We’re not sure they’re officially Disney approved but they’re a lot of fun either way.
Cross stitch Easter eggs
Another way to create your own decorated eggs but without actually needing eggs themselves, is to cross stitch some! We’ve got a free pattern from Maria Diaz to get you started.
Decorate with quilling
We love this idea for an ornate finish for your Easter eggs – decorate then with paper strips for a beautiful hand-crafted effect.
Chalk board Easter eggs
Oleander + Palm shows you how to paint papier mache eggs with chalkboard paint, then decorate with chalks for an interactive twist on traditional Easter Egg Designs.
Sports themed Easter eggs
We can’t resist a novelty Easter egg design. Ehow.com have got this cute idea for turning your eggs into sport balls… for all those of you who are looking for an unusual idea to make a change from the traditional options for Easter egg decoratin!
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…
Galaxy painted Easter Eggs
Turn your eggs into intergalactic creations with this fun tutorial from Dream A Little Bigger.
Paint emoji Easter eggs
Another way to put the fun into your Easter Egg decorating – turn your eggs into little yellow emojis with this easy tutorial from Your Tango.
Sharpie silhouette Easter eggs
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 reverse outline dotted Easter buny to the front of your Easter eggs, with this quick DIY from Cutesy Crafts.
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 – warning it is pretty addictive but just LOOK at the beautiful eggs she has created with this method!
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.
Mustache Easter eggs
We’ve included a whole range of design ideas for your Easter eggs in this round up, from the classic to the contemporary, and here’s one with a distinctly modern twist! Give your Easter eggs mini mustaches…. how can you resist? Head over to Number 2 Pencil to find out how below…
Cover them in painted sprinkles
Give your Easter eggs a really quick and simple update for maximum cheer factor with this tutorial from Let’s Mingle for how to paint your eggs with simple rainbow sprinkles!