Remember Easter egg shrink wraps and sleeves from the 1980s & 90s?

Vintage Easter egg shrink wraps & plastic decorating sleeves

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How do Easter egg sleeves work?

Easter egg shrink wraps are a novel approach to egg decorating, emerging as a popular trend in the 1980s and 1990s. These wraps are essentially thin, decorative sleeves that feature various designs, from traditional patterns to festive Easter imagery.

The egg-decorating process involves slipping the sleeve over a hard-boiled egg and then briefly dipping it into boiling water. The heat causes the wrap to contract snugly around the egg, resulting in a smoothly decorated surface.

Easter Egg Decorating Kit - Thermo Heat Shrink Sleeve Decoration Easter Egg Wraps - Pysanka Pysanky...
  • ✿ Shrinkable (thermo) labels for decorating eggs for Easter - 7 pieces. Very beautiful and exciting detailed Ukranian and Slavic ornament patterns.
  • ✿ It is price for 1(one) packet (7 pieces) of Easter Egg Stickers.
  • ✿ The sleeves work on the same principle as shrink wrap - they tighten down snugly over the egg. Directions - slip a decorative sleeve over a hard-boiled and cooled egg and then lower it on a spoon...

This method offers a mess-free alternative to traditional dyeing, making it an appealing option for those seeking a quick, clean, and creative way to celebrate Easter!

See more below, and see a retro collection of Disney Easter decorations and other holiday designs — as well as vintage-inspired Easter egg sleeves you can still buy today!!

Happy eggs – colorful instant Easter egg shrink wraps

Vintage 1983 Happy Eggs - decorating shrink plastic sleeves

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  • What You Receive: you will get 36 pieces of Easter egg wrappers in 6 styles, 6 pieces for each style, the sufficient quantity and rich designs can satisfy your various decorating needs and...
  • Easter Elements: Easter egg wraps are featuring with typical Easter themed patterns, such as rabbits, chickens, egg, etc., based in the classic colors, adding a joyful Easter atmosphere
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Easter egg sleeves: Put magic in your Easter fundraising!

This excitingly new, instant egg-decorating method creates spectacular Easter Eggs in seconds without fuss.

You simply slip the egg into a colorfully printed sleeve, dip in boiling water for 3 seconds, and presto… another masterpiece!

And there are two Happy Eggs assortments (6 designs each) to choose from: our colorful Originals, and all-new Religious. 

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Happy Eggs - Religious Easter egg decorations from 1989

Directions for these retro Happy Egg plastic shrink sleeves from the ’80s & ’90s

1. Slip a plastic sleeve over a medium-sized hard-boiled egg.

2. Place the egg with sleeve onto a spoon and dip quickly in and out of a pan of boiling water, keeping egg on spoon.

3. Instantly, sleeve shrinks to shape of egg.

Result: an incredibly beautiful Happy Egg.

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How to use Happy Egg plastic shrink sleeves from the 80s

Instant Eggart: Easter egg shrink wraps (from 1984)

Like magic… incredibly easy — no mess, no dye

Imagine a basket full of beautiful, colorful Easter Eggs featuring your choice of favorite Walt Disney characters, Floral & Geometric designs, or cute Bunny Cartoons.

Then imagine decorating them without chemicals or messy dyes in just three seconds! Each jumbo pack contains 24 sleeves for only $2.50. It’s all possible with INSTANT EGGART.

Just slip the sleeve over the egg, dip in boiling water and, like magic, you have a beautifully decorated egg.

Vintage Disney egg art kit with Mickey from 1984

MORE: 20 elegant vintage Easter egg crafts & decorating ideas

Paas Egg Arounds - 12 Easter Egg Wrappers - Use Blow Dryer or Boiling Water
  • Paas Egg Arounds - 12 Easter Egg Wrappers (Egg Decorating Kit).
  • Simply slip the egg around wrapper over a hard boiled egg. Use a blow dryer to shrink wrap the wrapper or submerge the wrapped egg in water and let dry.
  • This Easter Egg Decorating Kit contains 12 wrappers with classic Easter designs.

Vintage Disney Fantasia Instant Eggart Easter egg shrink wraps kit (1982)

The Wonderful World of Disney in a complete egg decorating kit! Dyes, paints, shrink wraps, beautiful Disney egg stands.

Goofy – Thumper – Mickey Mouse – Bambi – Pluto / By Sunhill

Vintage Disney Fantasia INSTANT EGGART Easter egg decorating kit

Happy eggs instant Easter egg sleeves (1991)

These beautiful designs give great pleasure to everyone, kids and grownups alike. All this in three simple steps without messy watercolors, dyes or colors makes this item irresistible. 

Retro Easter egg decorating kit from 1991

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  1. My daughter had some of these shrink wraps in the early 90s, and they were very difficult to use and always came out wrinkly. More recently, my grandkids have had similar egg decorating kits that worked much better, so I guess the technology improved.

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