Here’s what to do if you can’t find real eggs. 

By Corey Williams
April 01, 2020
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I think, by now, we all understand that Easter’s going to look a little different this year. Large gatherings won’t be happening (in the physical sense, at least), holiday feasts will be scaled back, and some families may have to postpone their egg dyeing traditions—it’s not like eggs are easy to come by right now, after all. 

That’s why we scoured the internet to find the best Easter egg alternatives out there. 

Some are edible, some aren’t. Some use plastic or wooden eggs, some don’t.

But one thing’s for sure: These ideas are perfectly family- and quarantine-friendly

1. Bake and decorate an Easter egg cake. 

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OK, you’re probably going to have to crack an egg or two to make actual cake. But that’s small potatoes compared to the two dozen eggs you would’ve dyed and thrown away pre-COVID-19. 

Get the recipe: Easter Egg Cake

2. Get outside and find some rocks. 

Look for smooth rocks that will be easy to clean and decorate. Use colored sharpies and paint pens to design funky patterns. 

3. Dye marshmallows instead of eggs. 

Not only is this a perfectly edible alternative to traditional Easter eggs, it’s allergy-friendly!

4. Sew festive pockets for Easter egg hunts. 

Sustainable? Check. Practical? Check. Absolutely adorable? Check. 

5. Paint wooden eggs. 

We love this rustic alternative to plastic Easter eggs. The best part: Since they last forever, this family activity could turn into a treasured heirloom. 

6. Knit colorful, multi-purpose Easter eggs.

Granted, this probably isn’t the most kid-friendly craft. But, if you’re a seasoned knitter, you can use these colorful “eggs” year-round—they double as pin cushions!  

7. Make abstract yarn eggs with balloons. 

This easy craft doubles as abstract art. Stick your finished creations in a bowl and call it a festive, Easter-themed centerpiece. 

8. Use plastic eggs to make Jell-O treats. 

Delicious and easy? Count us in. 

9. Bake and decorate Easter egg pastries. 

You’ll need one real egg (to use as egg wash) to give these pastries a smooth, shiny finish. 

10. Paint plastic eggs with chalk paint. 

This is probably the most Insta-worthy idea on this list, TBH. 

11. Make Easter egg ornaments with baking soda. 

Because why not? Seasons don’t exist anymore.