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Forget the messy dyes: 7 unique ways to decorate your Easter eggs

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Create elegant Easter Eggs when you apply temporary tattoos to boiled eggs by Uncommon Designs. http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/
(Trish Flake / Uncommon Designs)

Easter is almost hippity-hoppity here, but if you make like a bunny there’s still time to create some of the cutest eggs around, no dye necessary. For inspiration, we turned to some of our favorite DIY blogs. Use clean, dry, room-temperature eggs for best results.

1. Get a tattoo

Temporary tattoos work on eggs -- see above -- the same as they do on skin. Find temporary tats in the craft section or design your own by printing on temporary tattoo paper (who knew?). Pro tip: Use extra-large eggs to minimize “wrinkles.”

2. Go au naturel

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For naturally beautiful Easter eggs, draw simple patterns on farm fresh brown eggs with a white paint pen. www.kaleyann.com
(Kaley Diaz / www.kaleyann.com)

Brown eggs are the craft paper of the dairy case — and they couldn’t be simpler or chicer. Draw on brown eggs with a nontoxic white paint pen. Done! You’ll find more inspiration at the crafts blog KaleyAnn.com.

3. Cut and paste

Paper napkins eggs

Learn how to decorate Easter eggs with paper napkins from PracticallyFunctional.com.

(Jessi Wohlwend / PracticallyFunctional.com)

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Decoupage is an artistic equalizer. Find images in old books, magazines, gift wrap, sheet music … or even a floral paper napkin. Carefully cut out the images, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge (the popular all-in-one glue, sealer and finish) onto the egg and gently apply the paper. Use brush handle to smooth small wrinkles and edges. Apply a finishing coat. For more tips and ideas, go to the blog PracticallyFunctional.com.

4. Write on

 Doodle Easter eggs

Doodle Easter eggs decorating by Alisa Burke from Alisa Burke Redefine Creativity blog. 

(Alisa Burke / Alisa Burke)

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Pull the cap off a fine-tipped Sharpie and doodle your heart out. Use black, or color a rainbow. Simple, geometric patterns look chic, but don’t be afraid to get your graffiti on. Holding the egg in a towel while you work will help reduce smudging. We found these at the arts and crafts blog AlisaBurke.blogspot.com.

5. Stamp on it

Rubber stamp
(Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

Spell out names or messages with rubber stamps. If the stamps are too big (or inflexible) to stamp directly onto the shell, stamp the image onto a piece of tissue paper and cut it out. Next, apply Mod Podge or white glue directly onto the egg with a brush, then affix the design. Pro tip: Smooth small wrinkles or edges by gently pressing and rolling with the paintbrush handle. For more on this technique, check out the decorating blog CraftberryBush.com.

6. Add sparkles

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Add sparkle
(Maison Martin Margiela)

Glitter is good. Punch out geometric shapes (circles, hearts, stars) from double-sided adhesive paper. Stick adhesive shapes onto the shells and roll or tap in a small bowl of fine glitter. Gently sweep away excess with a paintbrush.

7. Prints charming

Thumb prints and feet prints

Baby Footprint.

(Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)

Little fingerprints get everywhere — put them to use! Tap a thumb in paint, blot lightly on paper towel, then gently stamp the print on a shell. Allow to dry. Then using a fine-tipped Sharpie add to the fingerprint to create charming, “primitive” art. Add eight lines and it’s a spider. Draw petals around the outside and it’s a flower. Doodle wings and it’s a butterfly.

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