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Published March 27 2013

DIY decorating ideas

Want to create egg-stra special eggs without a store-bought kit? Try these decorating ideas from McCormick:

Painted eggs: Mix 20 drops of food coloring and ½ teaspoon vinegar in a small container. Paint the eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab.

Marbleized eggs: Mix ¼ cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon oil and 4 to 8 drops food coloring in shallow bowl. Gently roll egg in the mixture for 30 seconds or until the egg is the desired shade. Transfer egg to a second color mixture and repeat. Allow egg to dry completely. Wipe away excess oil.

Tie-dyed eggs: Place several eggs in a colander in the kitchen sink. Splash eggs with vinegar. Drop yellow food color onto eggs. Gently shake the colander for a few seconds to help the color spread. Let stand 30 seconds. Repeat with one or two additional food colors. After the final 30 seconds, lightly rinse eggs with water. Drain completely. Allow eggs to dry.

To make standard Easter egg dye, mix ½ cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops of food color in a cup for each desired color. Use dye mixture for these techniques:

Two-toned eggs: Dip top half of hard-cooked egg in one color of egg dye and bottom half in another. Or, dip each half of the egg in the dye for different lengths of time to create different shades.

Personalized eggs: Write your initials or name or draw pictures on the egg with a white or light-colored crayon before dyeing.

Designed eggs: Wrap rubber bands or decorate with sticker shapes before dyeing. Remove once dry.