They look elaborate, but all of these designs were made with plain old masking tape.
Step 1: Simply cut the tape into strips to create stripes and plaids, use paper punches for letters or plant and animal shapes ($9.99 each; eksuccess.com), and try craft scissors for the wavy bands.
Step 2: Then apply the tape carefully to the shells of raw eggs, smoothing out any air bubbles, and tint according to the dye package's instructions (we used Paas).
Step 3: Once the shells dry, blow out the yolks and remove the tape to reveal your motifs.
Make these pastel beauties last for years by first blowing out the egg's whites and yolks.
Step 1: Insert a long needle into the bottom of each egg; make a small hole, then make a slightly larger one in the top.
Step 2: Move the needle around inside the shell to break the yolk.
Step 3: Blow over the smaller hole — feel free to use a straw if you don't want to touch the egg directly — until the liquid drips out of the larger hole.
Step 4: Run the egg under water. Blow the water out, and let the shell dry overnight.
Step 5: After coloring the egg, attach fabric scrapbooking flowers ($7/150; memoryvilla.com) with tiny dots of glue. Lightly press each flower with your finger, then release.
Take a page from the grade-school activity book with these delicate candy dishes, made using shredded brown lunch bags and sheets from an old dictionary. You can also use these nests to corral your decorated Easter eggs.
Step 1: Tightly cover a small bowl with plastic wrap, then flip the bowl upside down on wax paper. In another container, mix equal parts water and clear glue.
Step 2: Dip handfuls of shredded paper into the glue mixture, then immediately lay them on the bowl until it's covered.
Step 3: Lightly press dry paper strips along the outside to create a "nesty" look.
Step 4: Let dry for 12 hours; carefully pull the wrap off the bowl and away from the nest.