Single-colour, once-dipped Easter eggs are the thing of the past. Opt for celestial marbled effects, transparent watercolour rainbows and endless shades of ombré for the most visually dynamic eggs you've ever seen. Trust us, you're going to want to give a few of these beauties a DIY try.
1. Snap, Crackle, Pop
Break out of your shell this Easter and attempt this simple crackle effect. After the boiled eggs have cooled, roll them on a flat surface to crack the shell before dipping them in food colouring. Find the tutorial here.
2. Sunny Gradient
This egg dye DIY requires a little mixology. If you're going for progressively darker shades of the same colour, you'll need to concoct three or four food dye mixtures with increasing colour concentrations — but a little work seriously pays off. Find the tutorial here.
3. Au Naturale
Turn to your arsenal of roots and vegetables if you're interested in taking a more natural approach to egg dyeing. We used turmeric, beets, red cabbage, blueberries and yellow onion skins to achieve these muted hues. Combine 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a medium pot. Bring that to a boil, add your dye ingredients, lower the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Let the dye cool and strain it before adding your eggs. Find the tutorial here.
4. Indigo Marble
The secret to achieving a marbleized effect? Swirl nail polish into water before dipping the eggs in the mixture — just be sure to don a pair of gloves to spare yourself an endless date with nail polish remover after the project. Find the tutorial here.
5. Shades of Blue
Speaking of gradients — this ombré DIY reminds us of all the sky's colours, ranging from morning light to dusk to a starry night. Find the tutorial here.
6. Watercolour Dye
Save your hands (and that Easter manicure) and opt for washable watercolour "dye" instead. Find the tutorial here.
7. Pantone Colour of the Year
Dye your Easter eggs in recent years' winning Pantone shades — you'll want to include Marsala, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Bonus points if you attempt 2017's Pantone Colour of the Year: Greenery. This blogger's Pantone labels, made from tattoo paper, are completely optional. Find the tutorial here.
8. Rubber Band Twist
Do the twist — with some rubber bands, that is. Before dunking in a vibrant dye, wrap hard boiled eggs in bands of multiple widths in any and every direction. No two eggs will be the same, so just go with the flow. Find the tutorial here.
9. Tie Dye
The most ornate dyeing technique on Pinterest is actually the easiest. Simply wrap fresh eggs in a pretty-patterned silk handkerchief or tie, wrap it again in a plain linen, place them in a boiling water and vinegar mixture and wait for them to cool. The trickiest part is waiting to see if the silk pattern takes. Find the tutorial here.
10. Rubber Cement
After dyeing eggs once, drizzle on rubber cement in abstract patterns before the second round of dunking. Find the tutorial here.
11. Neon Lights
Courtney of the blog Merriment offered a pro dye tip: The longer the egg remains in the dye, the more opaque and vibrant the resulting colour will be. Find the tutorial here.
12. Drinking the Coolaid
Use Kool Aid Liquid — the highly concentrated mix that you typically dilute with water to drink — to dye eggs this year. It has the same effect as good old food colouring. Find the tutorial here.
Original article and images published by House Beautiful