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Easter Eggs: Colorful Dyeing and Decorating Ideas

Decorate your home with these crafty ideas for Easter eggs.

By Suzonne Stirling

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Easy Does It: Sponged

Materials

Rubber cement
Natural sea sponge with medium to large holes
Hot dye bath
Gold acrylic craft paint (We used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Gold, michaels.com and Michaels stores. Using the paint is optional.)

Directions

Pour a small amount of rubber cement into a plastic or paper bowl. Lightly press the sponge into rubber cement to coat. Gently dab sponge on a white or pastel-dyed hard-boiled egg. Set aside for 10 minutes. Dip the sponged egg into dye, and spoon color over it until you achieve an even shade. Remove egg from bath and pat dry with a paper towel.

While egg is still warm, remove rubber cement by rolling it off the egg with your finger.

If desired, add gold speckles to dyed eggs by lightly pressing the sponge into a small amount of gold craft paint. Gently dab paint onto one half of the egg; set aside to dry for 15 to 20 minutes.

Turn egg over and repeat process on the other side.

Note: For best results, use boiling water in dye bath.

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Gilty Pleasure: Tattooed

Materials

Metallic tattoo "flash jewelry" (We used #1 Fashion Tattoos Metallic Jewelry Inspired Temporary Tattoo, amazon.com)

Directions

Trim edges of tattoo. Remove the plastic film and place tattoo facedown on a dyed hard-boiled egg. Pat the back of the tattoo with a damp -- not wet-- paper towel. Wait a few seconds, then peel off the paper. If necessary, gently press down any loose edges to seal. Let dry completely before handling.

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Wrap Star: Lacy

Materials

Flat lace trim
Acrylic craft paint
Mini sponge applicator
Note: Check out craft stores for the lace trim.

Directions

Cut a piece of lace trim that's just long enough to encircle an egg and place on a flat surface covered with scrap paper. Using a mini sponge applicator, apply an even coat of craft paint to the lace. Quickly transfer the lace, paint side up, onto a stack of paper towels and roll the egg lightly over the trim. Set the lace-patterned egg aside to dry.

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Spring Fling

Fill a tall vase with eggs in a range of greens to set off a spray of blooming branches.

Here's how: Create light, medium and dark shades of green, using the recipes on "Egg Dyeing 101," slide 10. When eggs reach desired hue, remove from dye and set aside to fully dry. Layer eggs to create an ombré effect, putting lightest tones at the bottom, medium in the middle and darkest on top.

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Botanical Beauties

Flowers and foliage from the garden turn eggs into tiny works of art.

Here's how: Apply a little beaten egg white to backs of leaves with a small paintbrush and gently press onto eggshell to adhere. Cut a 5-inch tube from a pair of nylon stockings and place egg inside. Gather excess nylon tightly in back of egg and fasten with a rubber band. Submerge egg in dye bath. (Follow dyeing directions on "Egg Dyeing 101," slide 10.) When egg reaches desired color, remove and blot with a paper towel. Snip rubber band and carefully remove stocking and leaves. Blot again, and set aside to dry.

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Letter-Perfect

Display monogrammed eggs in shot glasses for place settings with a personal touch.

Here's how: Follow dyeing directions on "Egg Dyeing 101," slide 10. Pick a favorite font from your computer for inspiration. Using a white paint pen, create letters out of a series of dots on the surface of eggs.

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Center of Attention

Give your table some Easter charm with a festive pastel garland.

Here's how: Make a small hole in the bottom of an egg using an egg-blowing kit. Expel contents following manufacturer's directions, rinse and let dry. Make a second hole at top. Because blown eggs float, hold eggs in dye bath until you get the shade you want. (Follow dyeing directions on "Egg Dyeing 101," slide 10.) Blot eggs and set aside until fully dry. To create the garland, string thin cording onto a tapestry needle and carefully run it through holes in each egg, alternating colors. Tie ends into knots.

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Pattern Play

Graphic designs reach new heights perched atop glass candlesticks.

Here's how: Cut a 5-inch tube from a pair of patterned stockings, then make an opening on one side. Wrap stocking around egg, gathering it tightly and securing with a rubber band. Submerge egg in dye bath. (Follow dyeing directions on "Egg Dyeing 101," slide 10.) When egg reaches desired shade, remove. Snip rubber band with scissors and remove stocking. Blot and set aside to dry.

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Band Practice

Eggs earn their stripes in vibrant colors and abstract patterns.

Here's how: Cover egg with rubber bands and submerge in dye bath. (Follow dyeing directions on "Egg Dyeing 101," slide 10.) When egg reaches desired color, remove. Carefully snip off bands with scissors and blot dry.

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Egg Dyeing 101

We used these shades, but check out ritdye.com for a rainbow of options.

Chartreuse
1/8 teaspoon Kelly Green
2 teaspoons Golden Yellow

Teal
1 tablespoon Aquamarine
1/8 teaspoon Kelly Green
1/4 teaspoon Teal

Pale Pink
1 teaspoon Tan
1/16 teaspoon Cherry Red

Pale Green
1/4 teaspoon Kelly Green
1 teaspoon Golden Yellow
1 teaspoon Lemon Yellow
3/4 teaspoon Aquamarine

Dark Pink
1 teaspoon Tan
1/8 teaspoon Cherry Red

Medium Green
1 teaspoon Kelly Green
1 tablespoon Golden Yellow

Dark Green
2 teaspoon Kelly Green
4 teaspoon Golden Yellow

Green Blue
3 teaspoon Aquamarine
1 teaspoon Teal

Chambray
1/2 teaspoon Evening Blue
1/4 teaspoon Tan

Coral Red
1/8 teaspoon Scarlet
1/8 teaspoon Tangerine

Dark Blue
1 tablespoon Teal
2 teaspoon Royal Blue

Purple
1 teaspoon Royal Blue
1/4 teaspoon Purple

Violet
1/8 teaspoon Royal Blue
1/4 teaspoon Purple

Coral Pink
1/4 teaspoon Cherry Red
1/4 teaspoon Sunshine Orange

Originally published in the April 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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