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If you haven't seen the eggs, chicks, and bunnies taking over your supermarket by candy storm, take note: Only 3 weekends until Easter!

Now's the time to showcase your egg-decorating skills. If you need some help in the technique department, let us give you a hand:

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Five lucky winners will receive our brand new Egg Dyeing App! For a chance to win, leave a comment and (in 50 words or less) tell us your favorite egg-decorating technique, along with a valid e-mail address. All comments must be received by 6 pm on April 3, 2011.  We'll choose five commenters at random to win these prizes

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Comments (29)

  • My favorite egg decorating technique is Ukrainian wax resist dying (pysanky)... I like to make both traditional and more modern designs.

  • Egg dying is a wonderful childhood memory, but the most memorable ones for me are when I handpainted our state Easter Egg for the White House. I blew out the egg first, then painted it with symbols of my state using acrylics.

  • I let my 12 grandkids do the eggs now. I put out the traditional Paas colors plus white crayons so they can put designs on their eggs. I also punch out basic shapes from sticker paper. The kids layer the colors and stickers. They love it!

  • My favorite method is the old-school drop them in a cup of dye, my goal is always to get perfectly even color all the way around. This year I read about trying crayons when they are hot - sounds fun!

  • My daughter would the visual learning to eye dyeing

  • I love resist dyeing techniques. Using stickers or tape is fun for little hands, crayons for older kids, and pysanky wax cakes and a stylus for adults. Multiple dips in progressively dark we dyes and layers of resist result in interesting patterns!

  • Hi,
    We dye eggs every year using onion peel. A couple of weeks before Easter we start saving the outter, dry parts of the onion. Boil the peel, cool and add the hard boiled eggs. It's an economical and environmentally friendly way to dye eggs.

  • My favorite egg-decorating technique is "tye-dying" them. I also really love using stencils. I think the App looks so fun!

  • Not exactly a dyeing technique, but I love metal-leafing eggs. You just size/glue them as per the instructions on the package, apply the leaf sith a brush and tamp it down to the tacky surface and it sticks!

    Then using diluted fluid acrylics or artists inks, you can age or even give the eggs a patina. So graphic and beautiful in bowls.

    I also thoroughly enjoy the nostalgia of the standard dye-tabs from my childhood, using crayons as resists for the dye. Add stickers and decoupage and maybe some glitter - perfect eggy fun!

  • I have "Easter Egger" chickens who lay pink, blueand green eggs. I only have to boil them. Another cool thing is that they are colored all the way through.

  • Last year I made dyes from things like cabbage and turmeric.. that was fun!

  • I just love monograms, so I'm thrilled to try some new techniques this Easter. I'm also excited to try the marble eggs this year. Happy Easter!

  • I, too, am a fan of dying eggs in the Ukrainian method with wax. I have beautiful designs that have lasted me for years in my china hut. Vibrant purples and greens are my favorite!

  • I love the mottled aesthetic of onion skin eggs. I know you can just add the skins to the water you use to boil the eggs in, but I remember my mom actually wrapping the skins around the eggs as well.

  • I like wrapping the eggs in twine for a cool effect.

  • My favorite memory is blowing out the eggs and creating a decorative pitcher. The egg was a the base, and it featured a paper neck/spout embellished with sequins, glitter, and trim. It is a Polish decoration tradition I learned from my Nana.

  • I love the egg-dyeing technique of wrapping an egg in an old silk tie with the printed side in. Then wrap in a white piece of cloth and boil egg. It's the most beautiful pattern ever!

  • I remember applying small pieces of colored tissue paper to the eggs as a child. this is a fun technique!

  • I like to put out cups of dyes, paints, crayons, glue and glitter and let people just be creative and have fun. We usually invite people over. The more the merrier!

  • I tend to be old school with egg dyeing. I do love Ukrainian eggs. Just no patience to do it even though I am positive I could.

  • My mom and I dye Easter eggs every year! This would be a great addition to the tradition.

  • I love putting stickers on eggs. And glitter.

  • We gather family around the table with an assortment of artist supplies. It's fun to watch the creativity develop. We glue ribbons on the eggs and hang from a branch that has been secured in vase. Each year we bring out the old ones and add the new ones.

  • Our original, super fun egg decorating experiment worked! Our Easter eggs turned out beautiful. See our pretty, original eggs and how we made them together on this special spring day: http://www.wordplayhouse.com/2011/04/decorating-easter-eggs.html

  • Being from Poland I love making pisanki with pieces of cloth and ribbon. This is the way I used to make them with my grandmother when I was little.

  • [...] to the following Egg Dyeing 101 [...]

  • Love all of the egg dying techniques but I'm going crazy looking for the egg piercer Martha uses. I see egg piercers but they don't have the sucky thing. Where can I find one?

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Lisa - we really like the Blas Fix egg blower - it only requires making one hole in the egg. You will need to pierce a hole with a craft knife in a rotating motion first. Hearthsong has it as well as Surmastore.com
    http://www.surmastore.com/order.html

  • I love using white crayons and fat rubber bands (like the kind you find on a head of Broccoli). You can be as free-form as you like or go for a more classic polish design (or a little of both). I finish mine off with a few details added with a q-tip

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