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Spring into Easter with these egg-decorating tips.

Decorating vibrant Easter eggs doesn't have to be about buying store-bought dye kits. It's possible to get beautiful designs with items you already have. Bust out your Easter baskets, and get your Pinterest on.

Here are four ways you can create Easter eggs that will be too pretty to hide (and eat).

Crayon-tastic eggs

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Peel each crayon's wrapper before grating it.

What you need:

  • Small plate
  • Cheese grater
  • Box of crayons
  • Spoon
  • Eggs, to hard-boil

Directions:

  • To hard-boil eggs, take eggs from fridge and place in a pot. With cold water, fill the pot about 1 inch above the eggs. On medium-heat, bring them to a boil. Then remove the pot from the heat and cover. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then strain the eggs.
  • While the eggs sit, work on the crayons:
    • Gather pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple crayons.
    • Peel about 1 inch of the wrapper off of each crayon.
    • Place the cheese grater over a small plate.
    • Grate each crayon to the end of the wrapper.
    • Use the spoon to stir the crayon shavings around the plate.
  • After straining the eggs, begin decorating:
    • While the egg is still warm, immediately place it on top of shavings, and stir with a spoon until the egg is covered in crayon shavings.
  • Let each egg cool for about 20 minutes.
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Swirl the crayon shavings around before rolling hot hard-boiled egg in them.

Whipped Cream pastel eggs

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Sprinkle the Cool Whip with drops of gel food coloring before marbling with a toothpick.

What you need:

  • One 16-ounce tub of creamy whipped cream, preferably Cool Whip
  • Spoon
  • Serving dish
  • Gel food coloring (orange, magenta and pink)
  • Toothpick
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Water, for rinsing off whipped cream

Directions:

  • With a spoon, scoop the whipped cream into the serving dish. Flatten it until it's evenly distributed.
  • Select the first gel food coloring and drop it around the whipped cream. Repeat with the other two colors. Note: Leave white space in the whipped cream for marbling.
  • To marble the whipped cream, take a toothpick and gently swirl around the serving dish until the drops of food coloring have lightly blended together.
  • Take the hard-boiled eggs, and place them on top of the marbled whipped cream.
  • With the spoon, gently roll the eggs on top of the whipped cream until each egg is covered.
  • Let the eggs sit for about 15 minutes.
  • In a sink, rinse off the whipped cream.
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Waiting at least 15 minutes before rinsing off the Cool Whip will leave your eggs looking vibrantly pastel.

Glittery eggs

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Draw circles on each egg with a glue stick before pressing it into glitter.

What you need:

  • 2 viles of blue and purple glitter
  • 2 small plates
  • Glue stick
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Paper towel

Directions:

  • On a small plate, pour out the blue glitter. On a second plate, pour out the purple glitter.
  • Take the glue stick and imprint several circles on the hard-boiled egg.
  • Roll the egg into blue glitter, and then let the glue dry.
  • Imprint a few more circles with the glue stick.
  • Roll the egg into the purple glitter, then let the glue dry.
  • Use paper towel to wipe off excess glitter.
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Blue and purple glitter makes for a modern take on the classic Easter egg.

Marbled nail polish eggs

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Pour generous amounts of each nail polish color into room temperature water.

What you need:

  • Bowl
  • Room temperature water (water that's too hot or too cold will interfere with the polish)
  • Blue, pink and yellow nail polishes
  • Toothpick
  • Spoon or egg-dipper
  • Hard-boiled eggs

Directions:

  • In a bowl, pour room temperature water enough to cover the egg.
  • Pour a generous amount of the first nail polish color into the water. Repeat with the other two colors. Note: A lot of nail polish is necessary and might need to be refilled throughout decorating.
  • Take the toothpick, and gently marble the nail polishes together for about 5 to 10 seconds. Note: Too much marbling will blend colors together and won't create the marbled look.
  • Take the spoon or recycled egg-dipper and place the egg in the water until it's completely submerged. Let it sit for 1 minute.
  • Remove the egg from the water, and let it air dry for about 20 minutes.
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Lightly swirling the nail polish will create a beautiful, spring marbled design.

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