Egg-ceptional Easter egg decorating ideas

Easter's less than a week away, but before spending money on products, check out these great DIY ideas

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- This Easter, it's time to kick it up a notch. Turn your boring eggs into works of art with these ideas from a craft expert.

Decoupage eggs using napkins

- Create an egg white wash, then set aside. We used two egg whites for a dozen Easter eggs.

- Cut part of your napkin that you'd like to show on the egg, and apply egg wash over top. Make sure you only use one layer of the napkin.

- Once the eggs are dry, they are ready to display.

Marbled eggs using butter

- Use a cup or bowl and fill 2/3 of the way full with water, and then add a splash or more of vinegar. Add a few drops of food coloring into each cup. You can mix colors, but don't add too much food dye or it won't adhere fully to the egg.

- Start dyeing a few eggs to give them a nice base color, then pull them out to dry.

- To get marbled-effect Easter eggs, use butter! Melt a few tablespoons of butter in the microwave, then add about a half tablespoon of butter to your dye and drop your eggs in your cup. After a few minutes, they should have wonderful marbled patterns.

- Let the egg dye dry for a few minutes, and wipe the butter off with a dry towel.

Melted crayon Easter eggs

- Start with any crayons.

- Peel off part of the crayon label. Using an old cheese shredder or knife, carefully make crayon shavings.

- You will need hot eggs. As soon as they are done boiling, dry them off and put them on a bottle cap on a surface where they can stay until the melted crayon has set. Immediately start sprinkling the crayon shavings on top of the hot egg and let set. Press a few shavings around the edges and bottom of the egg. They will stick and then slowly start to melt.

Chalkboard painted Easter eggs

- Adults only, use chalk board paint and a foam brush to paint the eggs. It's important to wear gloves while painting. Make sure you use a product designed chalk board paint, not chalk paint. Chalk board paint at Target was $6.99.

- Once they're dry, anyone can use chalk to decorate the eggs.

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