These creative designs will make this year’s Easter baskets the cutest yet.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated March 06, 2019

If you plan to dye Easter eggs this year, but want to make the process as easy as possible, try these five Easter egg decorating hacks using supplies you likely already have lying around your house. Grab a mini muffin tin, some rubber bands, and a whisk to quickly whip up two-tone eggs, striped designs, and dip-dyed masterpieces. Skip the trial-and-error, these tricks produce gorgeous Easter eggs every single time. Bonus: every one of these ideas is easy enough to let your kids join in on the fun. Hop to it—you’ll have a whole basket of pretty eggs in no time.

Note: Each of the mini how-tos below starts with hard boiled eggs and uses a basic dye bath. Follow our instructions for hard-boiled eggs here, then consult our basic Easter egg dye recipe here. Combining ½-cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and about 20 drops of liquid food coloring will do the trick.

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Wrap each egg with several small rubber bands. Play with the number of rubber bands, the thickness of the bands, and their spacing. Once you have the rubber bands placed securely, place each egg into a dye bath and let sit for about 5 minutes. Remove the egg, dry it off with a paper towel or cloth, then take off the rubber bands to reveal your striped design.

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Using a white or clear wax crayon, draw any designs you like onto each egg. Try polka dots, geometric shapes, and names to start. Then, dip each egg into a dye bath and let sit for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally to make sure the egg is dyed evenly. Remove the egg to reveal the designs.

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Place an egg inside a whisk. Lower the end of the whisk into a dye bath, stopping when the egg is half dipped into the dye. Leave the egg submerged for a couple minutes, then remove it and dry off the egg with a paper towel or cloth. You can leave the design as-is, or to create a two-tone egg, rotate the egg and dip-dye the other side.

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Fill a mini muffin tin with dye bath (following the recipe above). Gently place an egg into each slot of the tin, so that only one-half of the egg is submerged in the dye. You may need to adjust the level of the dye to make it higher or lower, depending upon the desired effect. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then remove the egg and dry it off with a paper towel or cloth. For a two-tone look, turn the egg over and dye the other half in a contrasting color.

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This decorating idea works for both dyed eggs and undyed eggs if you want to skip the messy dyeing process altogether. Cut shapes out of the washi tape, like small triangles or lines. Arrange the washi tape stickers on each egg to create a fun and colorful pattern.