This super easy technique to make awesome designs while coloring Easter eggs uses an unexpected tool, a hot glue gun! Kids of all ages with a little help from the adults can create intricate patterns and fun color layering techniques when dying Easter eggs. Follow the easy steps below to make these cool dyed Easter eggs at your house.

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Let’s color Easter eggs with cool designs!

Decorating Easter Eggs Using Dye & Hot Glue

My kids had so much fun with this egg decorating technique.

I know that sounds a little crazy, but it all started when we saw the results of Kristi of Creative Connections for Kids and was inspired to try it at home!

Related: Easy how to dye Easter eggs

This is a simple technique that can completely change the way your Easter eggs turn out.  It reminds me a little of the white/clear crayon resist technique for egg dye, but this is that to an extreme level!

Safety Note: With younger kids, supervising (or completing) the steps with the glue gun is necessary!  Those things are HOT.

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Supplies Needed to Decorate Eggs with Hot Glue Technique

Boiled eggs in an egg carton ready for dyeing for Easter eggs - Kids Activities Blog
Start with boiled white eggs for best results.

Simple Homemade Egg Dye Recipe

  • 1/3 cup of white vinegar – per color
  • 10 drops of food dye – per color
  • hard boiled eggs

How to Make Homemade Egg Dye

  1. Mix the vinegar and food coloring together.  For our hot glue eggs we used three primary colors: red, yellow and blue.
  2. Place a different color in each cup deep enough that it will cover the Easter eggs.

Instructions for Making Dyed Easter Eggs Using Hot Glue

Step 1

To prep your eggs, have your kids dip them in the dye.  

Egg dyeing tip:  We only needed our eggs to be in the dye for a short time – less than a minuet per egg.   You don’t want the eggs to be in the dye for long as the dye bath is acidic will lightly dissolve the shell.   The longer it is in the dye the more easily your egg shells will crack.

Step 2

Step 2 - Glue gun decoration technique for Easter eggs - dye easter eggs with hot glue
The Easter eggs already look cool!

Take your pre-dyed eggs and drizzle hot glue over the eggs.  

Our experience:  My daughter felt *so* big getting to use the glue gun all. by. herself!! 

Step 3

Dip your glued eggs back into dye. 

Step 4

Step 4 - Glue gun decoration technique for Easter eggs - dye easter eggs with hot glue dried off held by child over egg carton

Dry them off and gently remove the glue. 

Decorated Dyed Easter Eggs Results

The results are stunning!

Kristi’s eggs are awesome – they are multicolored.   She was able to repeat the gluing/dying process to get stunning patterns multiple times.  

Related: Love color? Check out our tie dye patterns easy enough for kids

Our egg shells became compromised after the first round and they began to chip, but two-toned still wowed my kiddos!


How did your egg coloring go using hot glue??

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  1. Neat idea for coloring eggs this year. This is definitely something my little cousins would love to try now that they’re getting older.

  2. This is a unique idea. I just got a new hot glue gun… How is that for perfect timing?
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  3. It just warms my heart that you all enjoyed this egg activity and had a fun time together!!! Thanks for sharing and for linking to my post. 🙂 Kristi