If you plan on making Easter eggs this holiday, here are 8 design tips to turn conventional food coloring dyed eggs into beautiful customized creations.

Use Kool-Aid to replace food coloring

Directions:
Purchase a variety of Kool-Aid packets and get a small container for each color.

In every container, mix a 2/3 cup of water with the Kool-Aid packet.

Dip eggs into each desired color, and let them sit to dry.

Note:
Some flavors, like grape and lemonade, will not work as effectively. Grape will turn eggs nearly black, and lemonade will only give it a mild yellow tint.

Natural egg colors

How to achieve naturally dyed Easter eggs:

Bright Yellow Dye
1-2 tsp ground turmeric
⅔ cup boiling water
1 tsp white vinegar

Place turmeric in glass measuring cup. Add boiling water and stir to combine. Stir in vinegar.

Blue-Green Dye
3 T chopped red cabbage
⅔ cup boiling water
1 tsp white vinegar

Place cabbage in glass measuring cup. Add boiling water and stir to combine. Stir in vinegar. Let sit overnight for maximum color saturation.

Blue Dye
¼ cup blueberries
⅔ cup boiling water
1 tsp white vinegar

Place cabbage in glass measuring cup. Add boiling water and stir to combine. Stir in vinegar. Blend with an immersion blender.

Peach or Light Orange Dye
Skins of 2 yellow onions
2 cups water
1 tsp vinegar

Simmer onion skins in water, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in vinegar.

Magenta Dye
4 T grated beets
⅔ cup boiling water
1 tsp white vinegar

Place beets in glass measuring cup. Add boiling water and stir to combine. Stir in vinegar. Variation: use golden beets to achieve a saffron hue.

Purple Dye
2 T grated beets
2 T chopped red cabbage
⅔ cup boiling water
1 tsp white vinegar

Place beets and cabbage in glass measuring cup. Add boiling water and stir to combine. Stir in vinegar.

Tie-dye Easter eggs

Materials needed:
A colander
10 hard-boiled white eggs
1/2 cup of white vinegar
Vibrant food coloring

Directions:
Put the colander in the kitchen sink with the eggs and splash the vinegar on them.

Choose one color of dye and drip it directly on the eggs.

Gently move the colander to help the color spread.

Let the eggs sit for 30 seconds.

Repeat the dying process with up to two more colors, allowing each color to set for 30 seconds. More colors would make the eggs look muddy.

Once dying is complete, rinse the eggs lightly with cold water and place them on a paper towel to dry.

Polka-dot eggs

Polka dot eggs are an easy way to add a little creativity to an otherwise plain egg.

Materials:
Dyed egg
Pencil
Acrylic paint

Directions:
Dye egg to desired color.

Allow to dry.

When egg is dry, take a pencil and using the eraser end, dip the eraser into acrylic paint of your choice.

Another option is to simply paint an egg, then do the decoration all with acrylic paint.

Sticker design eggs

Materials:
Hard-boiled eggs
Food coloring
Foam stickers

Directions:
Place the sticker on the hard-boiled egg in desired location.

Put the egg into a dye color of your choice and let it sit for about a minute.

Remove egg from the dye, set to dry.

Once egg is dry, remove sticker and re-dye egg into a different color to give the design a color.

Rubber band eggs

Materials:
Containers of coloring
Hard-boiled eggs
Rubber bands

Directions:
Place an egg in the lightest color you have, let it sit for 30 seconds, then set to dry.

Once the egg is dry, wrap a couple rubber bands around it and dip the egg into another color.

Let dry and remove the bands for a striped effect.

Repeat steps above, leaving plenty of the previous dyed colors not covered by rubber bands, until desired look is achieved.

Speckled eggs

Materials:
Dyed egg
Acrylic paint
Old toothbrush
Egg carton
Box

Directions:
Place the dry dyed egg on top of the egg carton with a box — or whatever you don't mind getting paint on — behind the carton.

Dip the bristles of the toothbrush into the acrylic paint.

Run your finger from the front to the back of the toothbrush to help the paint spray on the egg.

Set aside to dry.

Wax colored eggs

Materials:
Hard-boiled egg
White crayon
Food coloring

Directions:
After hard boiling the eggs and allowing them to cool, take the egg and draw or write whatever you would like on it.

After completing a design, dye the egg as usual — the wax design will show up against the color.