DIY Fortune Eggs
Using an egg-blowing kit, drain your eggs according to the manufacturer’s directions, then rinse and let dry. Dye the eggs in your desired shades; the blown-out eggs will float on top of the dyes, so spoon dye over the eggs for even tones. Set them aside until completely dried. Gently open the hole you made when blowing out the egg until it’s just large enough to fit a rolled-up message and sprinkles. Glue a small circle of tissue paper in a coordinating color over the hole.
Temporary Tattoo and Emoji Eggs
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 merimeri.com.)
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).
Glitter Bomb Eggs
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.
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.
Dilute a little alcohol ink with rubbing alcohol in a mini spray bottle and shake to mix. Prop up an egg (you can use an egg crate or make a small ring with a paper towel) and spray with the diluted ink, allowing it to pool or drip as it dries. Repeat for multiple layers of the same shade, or layer different inks for a multicolored effect.
Puttin' on the Glitz
Brush a layer of white craft glue onto one end of an egg, then dip into iridescent glitter.
Marbled Tea Eggs
After hard-boiled eggs have cooled, tap them with a knife or roll them on the counter to crack the shells -- but don't peel them! Place the eggs in a saucepan with 2 tea bags and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low; simmer for 20 minutes. Once cool, transfer the pan to the fridge and steep eggs for at least 3 hours or overnight. Drain and peel the eggs to reveal the pattern.
Stick small dot stickers on an egg and dye it in a pale color of your choice. Let dry, remove the stickers, then draw on eyes with a black marker. Cut 8 strips of card-stock paper (about 1/4 inch wide and 6 inches long). Wrap the ends around a pen to create curls. Use a hole punch to make dots out of construction paper, then glue them to the strips. Using craft glue, attach the paper "tentacles" to the bottom third of the egg.
Clock Face Design
Using a black marker (or stamps), write the numbers 1 to 12 in a circular pattern on a clean white egg. Carefully poke a tiny hole in the center of the circle with a straight pin. Insert a set of plastic clock hands (sold at craft stores) into the hole.
Cut white electrical tape into a jagged shape for the shark's mouth. Adhere to an egg, along with dot stickers for eyes. Dye the egg in a blue-gray tone, let dry, then remove the stickers. Use a marker to dot the eyes. Cut a fin and tail from card stock and glue to the spine and bottom of the egg.
Edible Easter Egg Decorations
Spread a thick layer (about 1/4 inch) of cake frosting over the entire shell. Roll the frosted egg in a bowl of colored sprinkles, nonpareils or sanding sugar. Let dry.
Fingerprint Egg Designs
Press your fingers onto an ink pad, then directly onto the shell of a white egg. Using fine-tip markers, sketch faces and outlines on and around your print.