Decorating Easter eggs was more than a fun holiday activity at our house, it was a full-on art project. When the kids were very little, it was as simple as using crayons and stickers to create their designs.
As they grew and needed less hands-on help, we gathered around cups of jewel-toned water made with store-bought dye kits or joined friends to make Ukrainian Easter eggs (shown below).
They’re grown now, but I can still see their faces, wide-eyed and ready to witness the transformation from egg to art.
This collection of ideas is appropriate for a wide range of ages and half of them remain edible.
Dying Easter Eggs with Onion Skins
Old Fashioned Easter Eggs with Homemade Dyes
Coloring Easter Eggs with Markers
Decorating Eggs with Watercolor Paint
Bold Galaxy Easter Eggs
Decorating Eggs with Temporary Tattoos
Kool-Aid Easter Eggs
Dying Eggs with Nail Polish
Decorating Eggs with Washi Tape
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My friend Mary hosted a week-long Ukrainian egg decorating party at her house every year. This was such a treat for me and the kids! The challenge of intricate, layered designs was inspiring.
It’s a bit more involved to set up with the dyes, beeswax, candles, and special kistka tools, but so worth the investment and effort.
Here’s a handy tutorial => Ukrainian Easter Egg Tutorial
Note: Don’t eat eggs decorated with pysanky egg dye. Young children should be monitored very closely when using these dyes.