Ooh love a dyed egg! They look so pretty as Easter decor for adults or really cool fun crafts for kids.

You can do all of the below recipes with hardboiled eggs but we recommend the blown egg version as then they keep and they are so pretty it seems a shame to throw them away. Follow the BBC’s step-by-step instructions for blowing eggs here.

Here are 4 ways to create beautiful colourful dyed eggs using simple ingredients you can find at home.

1. Marbled Shaving Foam Eggs

What You Need:

  • Blown eggs (as many as required)
  • Shaving Foam
  • Food colouring
  • Kitchen towel
  • A small bowl
  • A lined baking tray

How To Make:

  1. Spray shaving foam into a small bowl.
  2. Add a few drops of food colouring.
  3. Stir very gently to swirl the food colouring around until you get a marble effect.
  4. Slowly roll the egg in the foam until covered. leave for 10 minutes in the foam then transfer to a baking sheet to dry for a further 10-15 minutes.
  5. Wipe off the remaining foam with a paper towel to reveal your beautiful marbled egg.

2. Ombre Effect Dyed Eggs using Natural Dyes

What You Need:

  • Blown eggs (as many as required)
  • A range food ingredients that produce strong colours. A few we recommend are; small beetroots, red cabbage, spinach, blueberry, tbsp turmeric, coffee
  • 1 litre water
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • A saucepan

How To Make:

  1. Mix together in a saucepan, the water with the white vinegar, and bring to the boil.
  2. Add your dye ingredients (you will need a fistful of vegetable size or 3-4 tablespoons of dry ingredients), stir and lower the heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Allow mixture to cool.
  4. Add eggs to the mixture and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes. Position them half way using tape to just do half of the egg. Leave longer for a more vibrant colour. To create an ombre effect repeat at another angle or at a shallower level.
  5. Once happy with colour, remove and pat dry with a paper towel.

3. Easy Nail Varnish Marbled Eggs

What You Need:

  • Blown eggs (as many as required)
  • Nail varnish in 2-4 colours
  • A bowl of water (use an old bowl or plastic food packaging, as the nail varnish will stick to the sides)
  • A pipe cleaner or wire (optional)

How To Make:

  1. Add a few drops of the different coloured nail varnish to the water allowing it to leave trails and create swirls. It will sit on the surface of the water.
  2. Thread a pipe cleaner of piece of wire through the holes of the blown egg and bend at the bottom to create a handle. This stage is optional as you could use your fingers, but we would recommend wearing gloves.
  3. Slowly submerge the egg and turn it in the swirl of nail varnish until you are happy how it is coated.
  4. Leave it to hang dry or on a non-stick surface.

4. Paper Towel Dyed Eggs

What You Need:

  • Blown eggs (as many as required)
  • Kitchen paper towel
  • Elastic bands
  • Food colouring (the liquid version works better the gels)
  • A spray bottle with water or damp sponge

How To Make:

  1. Lay your egg in the centre of a sheet of kitchen paper towel.
  2. Bunch up and wrap the egg with the towel so it is fairly tight, (although be careful not to squeeze the egg), and secure with an elastic band.
  3. Add a few drops of food colouring around the paper towel spread out.
  4. Spray a fine mist of water or gently sponge the kitchen towel. Do not soak it other wise your colours will end up being very pale.
  5. If necessary gently squeeze any excess water out
  6. Leave the egg to dry overnight in the paper.
  7. The next morning open up to reveal.

Please note for all of the above crafts, although most of these ingredients are natural we cannot guarantee the colourings will not stain clothes or hands so always best to wear gloves, an apron & old clothes.