Coloring Easter Eggs in Minutes

Dying Easter eggs is a tradition that has stood the test of time, but what if you don’t want to boil eggs and make a mess with dye or paint, but still want colorful eggs to fill baskets and decorate your house for Easter.  I have a quick solution.

The house will be filled this Easter with family.  I want to make the house festive and am trying to come up with ideas on how to decorate without too much effort.

I have chalk painted plastic Easter eggs, and have even used them to trim a tablecloth. I recently brought out the plastic eggs from the attic to add a few colorful Easter touches to the house. I wanted to decorate the plastic eggs in a different way but wanted to do it quickly. Since they are plastic eggs, dying them wasn’t an option.  I had to come up with another idea.

I considered using napkins, tissue paper, fabric, and gift wrap applied with Mod Podge, but these options are not fast and would make a mess.  I wanted a quick way to add some colorful Easter style to plastic Easter eggs in a short amount of time.

So what did I come up with to color the Easter eggs?

How to dye Easter eggs without using dye

Washi tape!!!

Do you remember when Washi tape came on the scene a few years ago? I have quite a stash left from the trend to use the tape for decorating and crafting.  Using it to color a dozen of the plastic Easter eggs was a perfect way to use it up and no need for me to purchase something new.

Covering the eggs with the pastel colored Washi tapes I had couldn’t be easier. The eggs will have texture, but that adds to the character of the eggs and patterns of the tape.

creative ideas for coloring Easter Eggs

How to Decorate Plastic or Real Easter Eggs in Minutes

Decorating Easter eggs with colorful Washi tape can be done in minutes. The best part is that you don’t need any DIY skills and the process makes no mess.

Washi tape decorating ideas

The DIY Label on Basket

supplies needed: 

  • Plastic eggs or hard-boiled eggs
  • Washi tapes in spring colors
  • Scissors
How to add Washi tape to decorate a plastic Easter eggs.
  1. Tear or cut small sections of Washi tape with a pair of scissors.
How to decorate Easter eggs the fast and easy way using Washi tape.

2. Attach a piece of the Washi tape to egg, overlapping each new piece until the egg is covered.

  • NOTE:  The egg on the left was covered by using small pieces of patterned Scotch tape.  It is kind of like Washi tape, but not as pliable. This is the correct way to add the tape. The egg on the right was covered using larger pieces of tape and also wrapping the tape around the egg.  The tape doesn’t lay as smoothly.

So learn from my mistake – use small pieces of tape.   :-) Washi tape can be easily torn, patterned Scotch tape has to be cut with scissors.

3. Press each piece of tape and the edges to smooth over surface of egg.

Washi tape covered Easter eggs in white tray. They are the easy no dye, no mess way to color Easter eggs easily.

See the wrapped blue egg and the turquoise one? They have the most texture as I used patterned Scotch tape on these, not true Washi tape. I redid these eggs later using small pieces of the tape to make the tape smoother.

Plastic Easter eggs decorating idea using Washi tape.

They may not be perfect, but I love seeing all the colors grouped together on the white plate.

Colorful Easter egg decorating in minutes using Washi tape.

And in Easter baskets. :-)

Do you decorate eggs for Easter?  How do you do it – the traditional way or in your own style?

If you would need more Easter decorating inspiration, be sure not to miss my post DIY Easter Decorating Ideas Done in Minutes.

Colorful Washi tape wrapped Easter Eggs

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  1. That Sassy Life coach says:

    Wish i had seen this for Easter!

  2. Great idea! Doing this with grandkids tonight!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Alison – It is the perfect way to decorate eggs with the grandkids since there is really no mess. :-) If you have true Washi tape, they can simply tear the pieces off and not even need scissors. Enjoy!

  3. Susan Honeycutt says:

    Washi tape is still “in”, I use it all the time ?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Susan – Yes, Washi tape is still in and I love it. I just was referring to when it first came on scene – how popular it was. It was everywhere. There were even websites started with only Washi Tape projects. It is a great product and very versatile.

  4. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    I love them all, even the X’d ones! I have zero Washi tape & zero plastic eggs. I gave all plastic eggs (even the larger old L’eggs) to a young mother who didn’t have much money. I’ll stick to real eggs and liquid food color /vinegar I’ve always used. I get my liquid four set of food coloring from Dollar Tree.

    Oh, I do have some jazzy silver and and even jazzier blue duct tape from Dollar Tree! Easter Decor here I come!!!

    And I’m using my blue construction paper bunny that I got from you for my front door again this year, cause it is just so cute!

    Happy Easter! Romans 10:15

  5. christine wilson says:

    I was just thinking that I can’t hide plain old plastic eggs again this year. Thanks for the cute idea!
    I’m sure you’ll have a very special egg for Zoe!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Christine – I will of course have an egg for Zoe, even though she won’t understand what is going on, we will get lots of photos to show her when she is older. My girls and son-in-law have not outgrown the Easter egg hunt tradition. It has become a full-on competition for them which makes it fun to watch. :-)

  6. Thanks, Diane! Seeing this project got me out of my gray-day doldrums, not to mention that I have an embarrassingly large Washi collection that needs to be used up!

  7. That is a great idea. I have more plastic Easter eggs than any one person can use in a lifetime and my kids are old. Maybe I’ll try this out for a dozen just to have something festive around and then donate the rest. Thanks!