messy and mess-free easter eggs

QCMB Tie Dyed Eggs

A few weeks ago, we shared fun kid-friendly confetti Easter eggs. Today, we’re back with two more favorites! One is MESSY and one is MESS-FREE. And both are fun for kids and adults!

We’ll start with the messy version.

Watercolor tie-dyed Easter eggs


These have the look of the T-shirts I tie-dyed at Girl Scout camp in the mid-nineties. And my two-year-old loved making them. In other words, WINNING.


  • Gel food coloring and medicine droppers
  • White vinegar
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • A surface to work on (like an old cookie sheet)
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves


Tie dyed eggs steps

  1. Soak the paper towel in white vinegar and roll a hard-boiled egg inside to look like a Werther’s Original.
  2. Use the medicine dropper to “color” the paper towel. Henry loved the medicine dropper. Just roll the egg around until the colors are spread everywhere.
  3. Use tongs to rotate the egg and get the paper towel nice and saturated with colors.
  4. Use the tongs to remove the paper towel. And, BAM – you have yourself a faux tie-dyed Easter egg. If there are white spots, you can simply roll the egg on top of the paper towel to dye those areas again.


Now, if you are in the mood for mess-free, here’s another option.

Silk dyed eggs


These eggs are like magic – you’ll be amazed at how simple they are and how beautiful they turn out.


  • 100 percent silk ties or scarves (this takes approximately one tie for every two eggs) – raid your closet or hit up the local thrift store for inexpensive options
  • White fabric (old T-shirts or scrap fabric works well)
  • Twine or string
  • Fresh eggs (no need to hard boil)


Silk dyed eggs steps

  1. Cut up the silk ties into squares and put the egg in the middle of the silk (with the outside of the silk touching the egg).
  2. Wrap up the egg, twisting the top.
  3. Wrap a small piece of white fabric around the silk (mine was a jersey with stretch, but I don’t think it matters). Tie the top tightly with twist ties and then twine (when I ran out of twist ties).
  4. Put all the wrapped eggs in a stainless steel stock pot and fill with water high enough to cover the eggs. Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar and bring the water to a boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat – using tongs to remove the eggs from the pot to cool.
  5. When you unwrap, you’ll have miniature works of art. With no mess!

What’s your favorite way to decorate Easter eggs?

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