Dye-Free Easter Eggs

Make sweet and simple Easter eggs this year with our darling dye-free decorating techniques.

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Words That Stick

Tara Donne

Words That Stick

Use foam alphabet stickers to add playful phrases to eggs for the Easter breakfast buffet. $4; joann.com

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Beautiful Blooms

Tara Donne

Beautiful Blooms

For an Easter decoration you can use year after year, have kids cut flowers from paper napkins and d?coupage them onto ceramic eggs.

What you'll need: Floral paper napkins, scissors, foam brush, Elmer's glue, blown-out or ceramic egg, small roll of tape

Make it: Cut flowers or desired design from paper napkins. If using 2-ply napkins, peel away the thin white paper backing from the cutout napkin pieces (this will make it easier to glue to the egg). Use a foam brush to apply glue to half of the egg, then press a napkin flower on top and cover with a thin layer of glue. Add more napkin flowers, one by one, making sure to brush the top of each with glue. Place the half covered egg on the roll of tape and let dry for about 15 minutes, then repeat for the other half of the egg. When completely covered, set the egg on roll of tape and let it dry overnight.

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How to Make Napkin Decoupage Eggs

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Egg Heads

Tara Donne

Egg Heads

Make Easter a family affair. Disguise shells by drawing on facial features and adding yarn hair and hats.

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Funny Farm

Tara Donne

Funny Farm

Transform eggs into Easter icons with a little felt and a lot of imagination.

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Funny Farm: Bunny

Peter Ardito

Funny Farm: Bunny

What you'll need: Felt, marker, scissors, craft glue, blown-out or ceramic egg, small white pom-pom, extra small pink pom-pom, pink yarn, hair spray, bottle cap

Make it: To make the outer ear shapes, trace your child's thumb onto pink felt twice. To make the inner ear shapes, trace your child's pinky finger onto white felt twice. Cut all of the ear shapes out, then glue the inner ear shape on top of the outer ear shape, making sure to leave about ?" at the bottom unattached, and set aside to dry. In the meantime, cut three 1-inch pieces of yarn and spray with hair spray to stiffen; let dry. Rest the egg in the bottle cap and apply two small dots of glue to the top, about ?" apart, and gently separate the unattached part of each bunny ear and press down on the glue dots. When yarn is dry, twist the pieces together in the middle and glue to the front of the egg, about halfway down. Attach the extra small pink pompom on top of the yarn whiskers for a nose. Glue the white pompom to the back of the egg for a tail. Use a marker to draw eyes on the bunny, then draw a mouth. (Tip: draw the letter J then add a loop on the other side.) Leave the bunny on the bottle cap to dry overnight.

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Bunny Pom-Pom Friend

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How to Make an Easter Bunny Egg

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How to Make Fuzzy Bunny Easter Eggs

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Funny Farm: Chick

Peter Ardito

Funny Farm: Chick

What you'll need: Felt, marker, scissors, craft glue, blown-out or ceramic egg, bottle cap

Make it: Download, print, and cut out the feather templates. Trace templates onto felt and cut out. Glue the diamond-shaped piece of felt onto the top of the egg. Apply a thin line of glue along the bottom of the pointy piece and press along the length of the diamond-shaped piece; let dry. Cut a small triangle from felt, bend in half, and glue the bottom half onto the front of the egg for a beak. Draw two small dots above the beak for eyes. Let dry completely.

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Funny Farm: Bird

Peter Ardito

Funny Farm: Bird

What you'll need: Felt, marker, scissors, craft glue, blown-out or ceramic egg, bottle cap

Make it: Download, print, and cut out the wing and tail-feather templates. Trace templates onto felt and cut out. Use scissors to fringe the edges of the wings and tail feathers as shown. Mount the small tail feather on top of the large tail feather and glue to the bottom of the egg. Sit egg on bottle cap so that tail feathers are sticking up and attach the wings to either side using glue. Cut a small triangle from felt for the beak and glue in place. Draw two small dots above the beak for eyes. Let dry completely.

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Funny Farm Bird Egg

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Cute as a Button

Tara Donne

Cute as a Button

Raid your sewing stash, then use embellishment glue to cover eggs with small, colorful buttons.

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Sparkly Spots

Tara Donne

Sparkly Spots

Give your Easter eggs an eye-catching effect. Make glittery polka dots without the mess using glue dots and fine glitter.

What you'll need: Hardboiled or blown out egg, bottle cap, ?" glue dots, fine glitter, small plate, paintbrush

Make it: Rest the egg on bottle cap, then apply about 12 glue dots, about ?" apart. Pour glitter onto a small plate and press each glue dot into the glitter until completely covered. Repeat for each glue dot. When all of the dots are coated, use the paintbrush to wipe away any excess glitter.

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How to Make Glitter Polka Dot Eggs

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What a Gem

Tara Donne

What a Gem

Kids can arrange adhesive-backed rhinestone jewels into one-of-a-kind designs on eggs. $5 for 3 sheets; orientaltrading.com

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Shimmer & Shine

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Shimmer & Shine

Use craft glue to cover your egg in different sized sequins.

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Cute Covers

Tara Donne

Cute Covers

Make eggs look eggs-tra delicious by wrapping them in 6"x6" foil wrappers. $7 for 125 pieces; sugarcraft.com

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Line Design

Tara Donne

Line Design

Kids can achieve a striped look with strips of easy-to-tear Japanese Washi tape. $33 for a set of 20; cutetape.com

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Egg-ceptional Gifts

Tara Donne

Egg-ceptional Gifts

Tie scraps of ribbon around eggs for a perfectly packaged Easter display.

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Pretty Patterns

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Pretty Patterns

Draw simple designs, like X's and O's, onto eggs with regular or edible markers. $17; amazon.com

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Spring Bling

Tara Donne

Spring Bling

Embellish eggs with petite flowers to give them a seasonal makeover.

Originally published in the April 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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