The possibilities are endless when it comes to dyeing Easter eggs. Grab a dozen from the store, boil them and devote some time this weekend to decorating. It's a simple three-step process with a seriously impressive -- and tasty -- end product. 

Step one: Dye them. You can buy an egg dyeing kit that comes with colored tabs -- here's one for $4 -- or make your own. Gently stir 1/2 cup of hot water together with a teaspoon of vinegar and about 20 drops of food coloring. Pour into a cup, drop in your hard-boiled eggs, and you're good to go.

Looking for a more natural method? Reader's Digest suggests using brewed coffee to make your eggs brown, blueberries to stain them purple or cranberry juice to color them pink. 

Step two: Decorate them. Dressing up your eggs doesn't have to be hard. Try making the best of negative space by putting rubber bands on your eggs before putting them in the dye. When you take them out, let them dry and remove the bands for some cool stripes. Stickers work for this, too.

You can also press crayon shavings against warm eggs for a tie-dye effect or water-marble them with nail polish (instructions here). Dab eggs with paint on small sponges for a cool pattern or just use a Sharpie to doodle all over the shells.

If you're an egg-dyeing aficionado, there are several advanced techniques to choose from. You can paint your eggs with chalkboard paint, découpage them with newspaper scraps or boil them with silk scarves to create different designs. 

Step three: Hide them. Time for an Easter egg hunt. You can follow tradition and just stash the eggs around your backyard, or you can get a little creative. Take plastic eggs and stuff with glow-in-the-dark bracelets; then hold your hunt at night. For another fun twist, the Star-Telegram suggests using plastic eggs with coins the kids can later use to buy candy or taking them on a scavenger hunt where they must decipher clues to find the eggs. If your egg hunt participants are overly competitive, you can assign them each a color of egg to seek out. 

No matter what you decide to do, make sure to keep a running count of eggs -- you don't want to accidentally leave any out in the sun.