12 Creative Easter Egg Design Ideas Any Coloring Fan Will Love
Up your Easter egg game with these creative, unique designs that use markers, paint, temporary tattoos, and more.
By Nicole McDermott
Easter is almost here, and that means it’s time to get decorating! Obviously, chocolate and bunnies are a holiday mainstay, but you can’t forget the decorative eggs. Though the dip-dyed look is classic, we’re encouraging you to think outside the carton and get a little more creative this year. With adult coloring books as our inspiration, we rounded up more than a dozen imaginative designs to try out this Easter. While not all of these egg designs require literal coloring—some use a paintbrush or embellishments—each one draws on colors and patterns any colorist is sure to love.
A quick note about materials before you get started: When it comes to eggs, feel free to try whichever medium suits you best. Blown eggs are the most delicate, so hardboiled, plastic, or wood are a better choice if you choose to decorate with kids. And non-food eggs will last for years (while real eggs are, of course, perishable).
Do or Dye: Not Your Traditional Easter Eggs
1. DIY Pantone Eggs
Coloring isn’t the same without, well, color—and no one knows color like Pantone. Make like a designer with these modernized dip-dyed eggs in bright, beautiful hues. To mimic Pantone color chips, use ink jet temporary tattoo paper to apply color names and codes to the white part of the shells just below the dye line.
2. Painted Stained Glass Eggs
Reminiscent of Piet Mondrian’s iconic black-lined grid artwork, these eggs will satisfy any adult coloring book enthusiast’s affinity for staying inside the lines. For this project, all you need is a black fabric marker (a black permanent marker would do the trick, too), some paint, and a paintbrush. Use the marker to draw the grid of your choice—or feel free to go off grid and draw spirals or shapes instead—and then fill each white space with paint.
3. Easy Graphic Eggs
These black-and-white geometric eggs require just a Sharpie and some basic doodling skills. If you’re feeling confident, go ahead and start with the marker. But if want to be a little more precise—and have the ability to erase—sketch out your designs with a pencil first. Want to mix it up a little? Try the same technique with silver or gold permanent marker, or go crazy with a white paint pen on brown eggs!
4. Watercolor Spring Flower Eggs
Just as their name implies, these cheerful eggs pay homage to the blossoming spring season. But rather than flowers, these DIY eggs change things up with tiny watercolor oranges and orange leaves. Once you’ve got the technique down, let your creativity run wild and paint whatever Spring-inspired adult coloring pages you like! Bonus points: Adding highlights with white acrylic ink makes for a more professional look without a lot of extra time or effort.
5. DIY Adult Coloring Book-Covered Eggs
These eggs get some help from decoupaged coloring book designs. To fill an entire egg with a page design, cut narrow strips and then apply them vertically side-by-side (the strips will overlap where the egg narrows). Or carefully cut out a design to wrap around the center of the egg horizontally. Feel free to keep the eggs black and white, or experiment with color once the glue dries.
6. Metallic Stippled Eggs
Pull out your trusty Sharpie for these reverse stencil eggs that use a technique called stippling for a fun (and festive) effect. If you want to dye your eggs first, go for it—just make sure they’re completely dry before moving on to the actual design. Then, adhere small stickers—Easter themed are best! Dot the tip of the marker around the sticker. Gradually space the dots out more as you get farther from the sticker. Peel off the sticker and you’re good to go! For an extra glam look, try metallic markers in copper, rose gold, gold, or silver.
7. Galaxy Easter Eggs
While Easter is usually a time for pastels and your Sunday best, these spunky eggs use deep blues, purples, and black for a look that’s out of this world. Use a paintbrush to create swirls of color or a sponge to dab on paint to mimic galaxies. Then thin out some white paint and splatter it onto the eggs with a stiff bristled brush.
8. Coloring Book Clip Art Eggs
These intricate eggs are easier to pull off than they may look. This tutorial uses downloadable coloring book characters, but you could substitute patterns cut from any coloring page you like. After they’re cut out, all you need is a little decoupage and some fine-tipped pens to fill in the designs (just let the eggs dry for about an hour first!). Visit our friends at Martha Stewart for the detailed instructions (and downloadable designs)!
9. (Silk) Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs
Tie-dye may conjure memories of white T-shirts, a pile of rubber bands, and stained hands. But these eggs use the term more literally: Silk ties are deconstructed, wrapped around the eggs, and then boiled. The boiling transfers dye from the ties straight onto the shells. The final result will make Easter guests think you have some serious watercolor skills.
10. Temporary Tattoo Eggs
Easter eggs don’t get much easier than this! First step: Order some Spring-themed temporary tattoos (we love these colorful butterflies and spring flowers). Then adhere the tattoos with a wet washcloth. You’ll be left with vibrantly colored eggs with detailed graphics. If you want to add even more color, experiment with dying the eggs or painting them with watercolors before allowing them dry and then adding the tattoo.
11. Watercolor Eggs
If black and white isn’t your thing, these bright, colorful eggs use watercolor pencils and traditional watercolors for a unique effect. Paint a light wash of color over each egg—don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfectly uniform (that’s part of the charm). While the surface is still wet, use the pencils to draw whatever shapes or designs you want. You can also play with gravity to achieve different dripping techniques by applying paint in a small area and then turning the eggs.
Planning to expand your egg horizons with one of these creative coloring book-inspired designs? Share with us in the comments below, and tag your photos on Instagram with #MyPoshColoring!
After graduating from Syracuse where Nicole studied magazine journalism and nutrition, she moved to New York City to write for the health and fitness site Greatist. Now at Ghergich & Co., she co-heads the editorial team. Nicole's work has appeared on TIME Healthland, Shape, USA Today, Men's Fitness, The Huffington Post, Refinery29, and Lifehacker, among others.