Sharpie Easter eggs are some of our favorite no-mess, no-dye Easter egg ideas over the years.  What’s cool for us as parents is that not only is there less to clean up but hey, what kids don’t jump at the chance to play with a forbidden Sharpie? So, I’ve sought out 19 of the coolest Sharpie Easter egg ideas to try out.

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Sharpie Easter Eggs: 19 Creative, No-Mess, Egg-Decorating Ideas


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Black-and-white Sharpie Easter eggs from Paper & Stitch

It doesn’t get much easier than this: Eggs, meet Sharpie. Love how Paper & Stitch uses a marker and plain egg to make these whimsical Sharpie-decorated Easter eggs. Check out the post to see how cute this looks on brown eggs as well. Nice for those of us who have such pretty backyard eggs you don’t want to cover in dye.


DIY Sharpie Mr. Humpty Dumpty decorated Easter eggs from Confetti Sunshine

We found this adorable Mr. Humpty Dumpty Sharpie Easter egg decorating idea a few years back, and while Confetti Sunshine, the blog that first shared them, is no longer up and running, they’re pretty easy to figure out. A quick dip in some colored dye will get your eggs dressed (well, at least on the bottom) then just decorate with a Sharpie or other marker. Just don’t sit them on a wall, for obvious reasons.


Thumbprint animal Easter eggs using paint and Sharpies | Childhood 101

I love this thumbprint Easter egg decorating idea from Childhood 101 which combines a little painted thumbprint with some delicately drawn details in Sharpie. A nice way to enlist all those tiny fingers that can’t wait to help. But really, no need to paint the whole egg first. Just a thumbprint and some marker will be plenty of work for your kids.

Related: 9 ways kids can decorate Easter eggs without dyeing them. 

Crossword puzzle Easter eggs made with Sharpie from Confetti Sunshine on Pinterest

This clever idea for crossword puzzle Sharpie Easter eggs (also from Confetti Sunshine) seems tailor-made for our editor Liz, our resident crossword nerd. Make your own special puzzle that spells out Happy Easter or your kids’ names.

Dot-to-dot Sharpie Easter Egg decorating idea | Nearly Crafty

The adorable connect-the-dots Sharpie Easter egg decorating idea from Nearly Crafty (site no longer active) would be so much fun for kids to do. Just use a fine-tipped Sharpie to freehand a picture in numbers and dots, then hand them over to the kids for the finishing touches. Before your get started, be sure to read the tips on her site for getting the best results.

Monogrammed Easter eggs using stencils and Sharpies from Artzy Creations

I love this idea we found on Artzy Creation (site no longer active) for using a pointillistic style and stencils to create a monogrammed Sharpie Easter egg  It would be a special treat to create one for everyone attending your Easter brunch.

Sharpie Easter eggs: Dotted silhouette idea from Cutesy Crafts

For another variation on the same theme, use some well-placed stickers or stencils and colorful markers to make the pretty Sharpie silhouette Easter eggs as seen at Cutesy Crafts. Older kids could handle these delicate dots, though even a younger kid’s scribbles across the egg would make a pretty cool outline.

Sharpie-colored emoji Easter eggs from Studio DIY

Our tweens and teens will have a blast making these emoji Easter eggs from Studio DIY, which has a bunch of really helpful tips. Make sure you stop over there before you put Sharpie to egg. (Bonus points if you can get your kids to keep from making poop emoji eggs.) Also, see more emoji Easter eggs here.

Related: 17 of the most incredibly clever pop culture Easter eggs: Star Wars, Frozen, Minecraft and beyond.

Sharpie Easter Eggs Ideas:DIY retro bouffant ladies using paints + Sharpies | Instructions at Studio DIY

Also from Studio DIY, we’re totally giggling over these funky retro bouffant lady Easter eggs! Follow her instructions for the hair, then hand the kids Sharpies (black for eyes, bright colors for lips and glasses) so they can make whatever crazy faces they want. PS: If you love the kitschy hair spray backdrop, she offers a free printable for it. Fun wrapping paper, right?

Gold Sharpie decorated Easter eggs from Waiting on Martha. Love the contrast of the earthy egg with the glitzy gold.

My new favorite way to dress up natural brown eggs is with metallic ink, like in this easy idea from Waiting on Martha. Her gold Sharpie-decorated Easter eggs are an easy, elegant addition to your Easter table and I love the blend of the earthy eggs with the glitzy gold.

Easy Sharpie decorated Easter eggs: Just ad a simple floral wreath with this DIY from Flax & Twine. Lovely!

If you can draw a simple face with a Sharpie and gather up some baby’s breath or even herbs or long grass, you can make this  floral wreath Easter Eggs as seen on Flax and Twine. Don’t they look so sweet and peaceful? Kind of like how we will look after the Easter brunch table has been cleaned up.

DIY Easter egg bunnies, lambs and chicks using craft supplies | tutorial: Hello, Wonderful

For kids not satisfied to call something a craft until the glue stick is out, gather up a few craft supplies like pom poms and felt scraps along with some Sharpie markers, and your kids can create a menagerie of DIY Easter egg bunnies, lambs and chicks. The critters shown at Hello, Wonderful are perfect for Easter, though we think that our kids’ monsters, zombies and other original creations would be perfect too.

Fun Sharpie Easter egg decorating idea: Create frames turning the eggs into canvases for the kids | DIY ideas at The Artful Parent

Before handing over the markers and eggs, draw your own frames on this clever Sharpie picture frame Easter egg idea I found at Artful Parent. It turns the eggs into canvases, which kids can fill with anything they’d like — special words or sayings, hearts and flowers, pictures of the Easter bunny. They can even color outside the lines. You have to click over to see the awesome things her kids came up with, and how they used Kool-Aid dye to add some fun color.

Sharpie scribbled Easter eggs from Alisa Burke

We think perfection is overrated when it comes to our kids’ craft projects, so let them have a blast making these Sharpie-scribbled Easter eggs seen on Alisa Burke’s blog. The finished product looks like little oblong bits of modern art, don’t you think? Make sure you check out the post for a ton of cool Easter egg decorating ideas using items you have around the house. So impressed!

Related: How to dye Easter eggs and get just the right shade? Expert tips.

State stencil Easter eggs made with colorful Sharpie markers via Brit & Co.

If you’ll be celebrating Easter with visiting family, take a look at this fun Sharpie Easter egg idea:  individual United States Easter eggs from Brit & Co. Grab the stencils offered by the sate representing a few states or make your own if you’d like to rep, say, Rhode Island or Iowa on your eggs. (You use the Exacto Knife, parents!) Intrepid geography buffs might even try their hand at making all 50 — if you have nothing better to do, of course.

Sharpie Easter Eggs inspired by zentangles or adult coloring books: Alissa Burke

Sharpie Doodles Easter egg decorating ideas by Alisa Burke: Our kids would LOVE coloring these in.

The adult coloring book trend hasn’t gone away, and you can see it come to life on Alisa Burke’s Sharpie Easter eggs with Zentangle doodles. Do we expect most of you to be able to make yours come out this good? No way. But for those of you up for a challenge, it could be kind of a zen activity. Then you can let your kids fill in all those intricate lines with colored Sharpies or kid-friendly water colors.

Sharpie decorated Easter eggs inspired by these ornaments from The Crafted Life

OK, we know that these are not eggs — they’re white Christmas ornaments — but we still love The Crafted Life’s idea of using a rainbow of markers to make striking patterned Easter eggs. Younger kids can help with the easier patterns while you can challenge your older kids with shapes like stars or hearts.

Sharpie messages decorate easy Easter eggs from Wear Eat Love

Sharpie Easter eggs can of course deliver messages — the real point of Sharpies, right? While the quotes on the pretty hand-drawn Sharpie Easter eggs from Wear Eat Love (site no longer active) are clearly made by an artist with a steady hand, we think this is all the inspiration that our older kids would need to write their own fun messages in festive colors. Or, you write the messages and let younger kids decorate with Sharpies or dunk in natural Easter egg dyes like these.