Learn how to decorate Easter eggs without dye for beautiful eggs without the mess. Explore beautiful, dye-free Easter egg designs you can create for the holiday to decorate your home for spring.
When my son was little, we decorated eggs every year. Every year, I held my breath as he dipped the eggs and pulled them out of the little cups, hoping he didn’t spill the dye all over my table and floor.
While I’m glad we made those memories, I do not miss the cups of egg dye. Now that he’s grown and in college, I still want to decorate for the holiday, but I don’t want to use dye.
How to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Dye
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs without dye isn’t just for adults. Older kids will have just as much fun with these ideas as the adults will.
You can decorate real hard boiled eggs, but I recommend buying white plastic eggs. They will last year after year, so you won’t have to make more each year. If you do have little ones decorating, it will be fun to see how their art skills progress with each passing year.
Keep these eggs away from young children because they won’t be edible if you use paint, glue, glitter, or paper to decorate them with.
Decorate Easter Eggs with Painted Easter Egg Designs
Paint is a fun and easy way to decorate Easter eggs. Here are some of my favorite painted Easter egg designs.
Sponge Painted Easter Eggs
Use acrylic paint to paint eggs a solid color. Then use a sponge to add a complementary color on top for some depth and contrast. Metallic or pearlized paints make really pretty eggs.
Paint Splatter Easter Egg Designs
Paint splatter eggs are very easy to make, but they are a mess. Make sure you cover the area with newspaper to catch the overspray.
Put a small amount of acrylic paint on a tray or plate. Dip a toothbrush into the paint. Then hold the paintbrush over the egg at a downward angle with the bristles over the egg. Run the fingers of your other hand over the bristles, pulling them back so they throw paint on the egg.
Let dry and repeat on the other side of the egg. You can mix two or more colors for a fun design.
Galaxy Easter Eggs
Paint your egg with acrylic paint. Use black for the background, then spong on blue and purple. Finally, splatter on white to make starts.
Polka Dot Eggs
This is another easy way to decorate Easter eggs without dye. Use a marker or paint to add polka dots all over the eggs. To make different sized dots with paint, dip the handle end of a paint brush into the paint and use that to dab a dot of paint on the egg.
Graphic Easter Egg Designs
If you’ve got a steady hand and some artistic ability, use markers or acrylic paint to make designs on your eggs.
You can make simple flowers, stripes, or polka dots. Be creative!
Easter Egg Design Ideas with Alternative Mediums (Other Than Paint)
You don’t have to paint your eggs to create fun Easter eggs designs. You can use any number of various mediums to add a decorative design to your eggs for spring. Things like temporary tattoos, ribbons, gold leaf, glitter and even paper napkins are the perfect craft supplies for creating fun and unique Easter egg designs.
Decorate Easter Eggs with Stickers, Decals or Temporary Tattoos
For a very simple way to decorate Easter eggs without dye, just use stickers. (I love these fun glasses and mustache stickers!) These are simple yet they look adorable sitting on a table. Set these on top of an egg cup to make a cute centerpiece for your table.
To decorate Easter eggs with ribbons, tie ribbon around the eggs and add a bow on the top. Set these simple yet cute eggs in a dish to make a centerpiece for the table or on a dish on a coffee table. You can easily match the decor in your room by changing the ribbon color.
If you want to dress it up a little bit, cut some burlap or fabric to wrap around the egg. Then tie a ribbon on top.
Have you seen marbled nails? You can do the same thing to decorate Easter eggs. Fill a disposable cup with water and let it sit until it’s room temperature. Then drop nail polish on top of the water to create a film of polish on top. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors if you want.
Hold the ends of the eggs with two fingers then dunk the eggs into the cup. Let it sit for a few seconds then pull back out. Set the egg in an egg carton to dry.
If you don’t have a steady hand or don’t want to paint, try decoupaging a napkin onto the egg. You can use the entire napkin or cut out a design and just glue that on the egg. You can also use paper or fabric, but it won’t lay as flat as the napkin will.
Paint a thin layer of white glue or Mod Podge on the egg. Press the napkin, paper, or fabric down on the egg and use your fingers to smooth it down. Then seal with another layer of glue or Mod Podge on top.
Gold Leaf Easter Eggs
For a more elegant look, use gold leaf sheets to decorate Easter eggs. You can cover the entire egg or cut or tear small pieces to attach to the egg as shown in the photo.
Cut the gold leaf sheet to size. Then run your fingers through your hair to get some static on your hands. Static helps keep the gold leaf on the egg so it doesn’t shift. Then use a cotton ball to smooth the foil and remove air bubbles.
Glitter Easter eggs are messy, but they are really pretty. To decorate Easter eggs with glitter, spread white glue or Mod Podge over half of the egg. Sprinkle glitter on top and gently tap off excess glitter. Let dry and repeat on the other half of the egg.
You can seal them with another layer of Mod Podge or glue to help contain the glitter. If you don’t want them completely covered in glitter, you can use glitter Mod Podge on the egg.
I hope you found some inspiration here to decorate Easter eggs without dye for your home spring decor! If these Easter egg designs aren’t quite what you had in mind, give one of these Easter crafts a try instead.
Alternately, should you decide you’d like to dye your Easter eggs, consider using a natural, plant-based Easter egg dye. You can learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally here.
Also be sure to check out these fun DIY ideas for Easter basket fillers. Or make something fun for Easter like my Easter egg bath bombs, these painted Easter egg soaps from Everything Pretty, or my moldable chick and bunny Easter sugar scrubs.