Send your guests a message with Easter eggs that speak for themselves.

temporary tattoos emoji patches easter egg decorations
Photography by Peter Ardito
| Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

STICK WITH IT:Eggs get expressive with temporary tattoos and emoji patches. 

For the tats: Trim the image edges, remove the film and place face down on a dyed egg (pale shades work best). Gently pat with a damp paper towel, wait a few seconds for the design to transfer, then peel off the film. (Check out designs at 

For the patches: Stick on an adhesive patch and hot-glue the edges—that's it! The ones here are from M&J Trimming (800-965-8746).

purple glitter easter eggs hip hop hooray
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

GLITTER BOMB: Make a shiny, happy centerpiece: Dye eggs a shade that contrasts with your glitter and let dry. Press on alphabet stickers to spell a festive phrase. Use a paintbrush to coat the fronts of the eggs with craft glue and roll in glitter. (With your finger, wipe the glue off  one corner of each sticker—just enough so you can peel it up later.) Let dry, then repeat on the backs. Remove the stickers when dry. 

place cards easter eggs
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

ALL SET: Punch up brunch with egg placecards. Buy colored chalkboard paint and chalk markers at a crafts store. Brush two coats of paint onto eggs and let dry. Then add names and pretty doodles! 

word pair easter eggs
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

SHELL GAME: Step up this year's egg hunt: On dyed eggs, write, paint or use stickers to make pairs: foods, as shown here, famous couples (you've found Bonnie, now where's Clyde?) or anything that suits your crowd. The guest with the most pairs wins. 


Did you know you can use Kool-Aid to dye eggs? Mix 1 packet with 2⁄3 cup room-temperature water and 1 tsp. white vinegar. Gently drop in a hard-boiled egg and soak. In 2 minutes (faster than most dye kits!) you'll have one pretty egg!