Need a little inspiration before your annual Easter egg dye-fest? We’ve got you covered. From intricate illustrations to treats that are way too awesome to eat, scroll down to see 12 designs that will blow you away.
photo: Jenna Johnson via Life Is For the Fun
These babies are a tradition in Mexico and are essentially the egg-y version of a piñata. Each one is beautifully decorated on the outside and filled with confetti or glitter. We love the ones spotted over at Etsy shop Life Is For the Fun.
photo: courtesy Ukrainian Easter Eggs
2. Ornamental Eggs
Ukrainian Easter eggs are famous for their intricate designs, and this Etsy shop is filled with amazing creations. Shop owner Katya paints all of the ornaments herself in the classic Pysanka style. Look through all her creations here.
photo: Beth Ann Magnuson via The Nest at Windy Corner
3. Magically Marbled
These shiny orbs are hand blown and dyed by the owner of The Nest at Windy Corner. When you order one, you can choose between the color schemes available or one of your own choosing. Find out more about this groovy take on Easter here.
4. Royal Orbs
When it come to eggs, it doesn’t get more luxurious than Fabergé. The Imperial Lillies of the Valley Egg was an anniversary gift from Czar Nicholas to his wife. Yes, it’s decorated with diamonds and pearls, but we think the sweetest touch is the framed photos of himself and their two eldest daughters, Olga and Tatiana, that rise from the top. See more of these royal eggs over here.
photo: Karen Roe via Flickr
5. Have a Blast this Easter
This rocket ship took part in an egg-citing art exhibit during the 2013 Big Egg Hunt in London. The bright, fun illustrations are the work of Chris Martin, a.k.a the lead singer of Coldplay. Talk about a seriously hidden talent!
photo: David Luders via Flickr
6. LEGO My Egg-o
This might be our favorite find. Your LEGO fanatics can even build their own version with the instructions from master builder Dave Luders. Click here to see how it’s done.
7. Not Quite a Cadbury
We had to add this chocolate egg to our list because it’s so much more than that (it’s actually cheesecake, yum!). Looking very reminiscent of a Cadbury egg, this treat doubles as a DIY and baking project for the fancy Easter enthusiast. Head over to Rasberri Cupcakes for the tutorial.
8. Eggs Over Ice
Fabergé eggs are infinitely famous for their excessive but beautiful decor. Made of rock crystal, platinum, and diamonds, the 19th century Winter Egg typically sits on a block of melting ice and holds a bouquet of spring flowers to symbolize happiness and renewed hope.
9. Brightly Beaded
These eggs are a relatively new art form of western-central Mexico, with a truly a unique result. Each bead is applied with beeswax into colorful symbols of the Huichol people. Check out all the great designs over at Huichol Arte.
10. Pretty as a Peacock
In 2010, this pretty egg was submitted by artist Li Shen to an auction at Open Fields School in New Hampshire. It had the necessary flair to garner enough proceeds towards a good cause—school education!
photo: courtesy Purl Soho
11. Cute Crochet
These adorable crochet eggs scream spring. Even better? You can make some of your own with this tutorial by Purl Soho .
11. A Pretty Package
These gems are a fun and inexpensive way to make Easter even prettier. You can recreate this project at home with a little newspaper, glitter, and ribbons. Check out how to complete this project over at Inspireco.
photo: Beth Shirk via bethandcompany
12. A Little Bit of Sugar
We bet you had one of these panoramic sugar eggs when you were a kid. Bring back the tradition with a gorgeous handmade version from confectioner Beth Shirk. Her Etsy shop bethandcompany offers different designs and styles, check them all out here!
Which one is your favorite? Share with us in a Comment below.
—Gabby Cullen & Katie Garcia