Easter Egg Design Ideas and Tips From the Novogratz’s

Known for their eclectic and daring design pairings, it’s no surprise Cortney and Robert Novogratz, HGTV design stars and parents of seven kids, are brightening up the classic tradition of Easter egg decorating with their trademark flair.

Decorating Easter eggs is easy. Simply hard-boil some eggs, grab the kids and get creative. Whether a beginner or an eggspert, these Easter egg decorating ideas and tips from the Novogratz family will inspire families to turn dyed eggs into unique and personal designs with minimal effort.


Use leaves or flowers to create a unique design. Simply place your chosen leaf or flower on the outside of an egg, and slip it into a pantyhose, tightly securing the hose with a knot. Lower the egg into your chosen color. Leave eggs in the dye until you’ve achieved your desired brightness and then remove from dye.

Helpful Hints

Cut panty hose into squares and tie a knot at the bottom.
When tying the open end of the panty hose, ensure that it’s tied as tightly  against the egg as possible, so the leaf does not slip during egg dyeing.
Use scissors to cut open the nylon to easily extract the egg and leaf.
If leaves aren’t available, try fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley or sage.

Family Portrait

Tape tissue paper onto regular printer paper and print individual family photos or portraits onto it. Cut the photos out and apply them to the outside of eggs using decoupage glue (Modge Podge) or craft glue. Put them in individual egg holders on plates for instant place cards!

Helpful Hints

Cut out photos in a circular/oval shape for easier application to the egg.
Modge Podge, or craft glue, can be found at a local craft store.

That’s A Wrap

Thinly coat a piece of bubble packaging with acrylic paint, then roll egg over the paint. Let the paint dry on the egg, then repeat with another color, if desired.

Helpful Hints

Paint a very thin coat of paint three to four bubbles wide to ensure clear “bubble” imprints; dab bubble wrap with a paper towel if paint looks too thick.

To layer color, make sure paint dries on egg between each coat.