Every year around Easter I start seeing these new and different ways to dye Easter eggs. And every year I say to myself, “I wonder if that works? Maybe I should try them.” Then Easter is upon me and I reach for the color tabs and vinegar and think, “Maybe next year…”
Well, this is the year! I picked three different ways to dye Easter eggs and here they are!
Melted Crayon Easter Eggs
After looking up how to hard boil eggs for the 5th year in a row (Am I the only one?), we were ready to start making Easter egg magic!
Right after you remove the eggs from your pan, position them on the egg carton with as much surface space showing as possible. Then simply let your imagination take over and draw on them! The crayons melt as they touch the eggs. My daughter and I had a lot of fun with this! Just a word of caution, the eggs are HOT! That’s why the crayons melt. An adult definitely needs to be the one shifting the eggs to cover as much surface with decoration. Also, you have to work a bit quickly. As we were reaching the last egg, it was starting to cool and the crayons didn’t melt as much.
This was definitely the easiest and quickest of the three!
Nail Polish Easter Eggs
I got the idea of trying to use nail polish to color our eggs from my mother-in-law’s April edition of Southern Living. The eggs featured in the magazine were varying shades of blue and very elegant. I let my 5-year-old pick the nail polish colors for ours. So….
Here’s what you’ll need: Nail polish, nail polish remover, water, a plastic container you don’t mind ruining.
My daughter was very excited to try this out. The first thing I did was cover our table in newspaper to keep it safe. I put room temperature water into the plastic container (we used a throwaway soup container from Chinese takeout). I then let my daughter pick out the colors of nail polish. I dripped about three drops of each color (we used 3-4) into the water. Next, we dipped the egg into the water very slowly to make sure the polish stuck. I dipped the first egg and got covered in nail polish. My girl really wanted to try, but didn’t want to get the nail polish on her fingers (really??), so I dug out our Paas egg dipper from last year. It was totally ruined by the time we were done, fyi.
Here’s the thing about the nail polish eggs. It’s a messy process. Maybe if you’re Martha Stewart, you can dip eggs into nail polish without getting the nail polish all over your fingers, but I can’t. But it was fun and definitely different!
Shaving Cream Easter Eggs
I have been hearing about dyeing eggs with shaving cream since the first time I dyed Easter eggs with my daughter at 18-months-old. This is the first year that we tried it.
Here’s what you need: Shaving cream, food coloring, a cookie sheet, and something to mix it with (we used a straw). My daughter realized that my ‘classic’ food coloring set didn’t include pink and purple, two staples in our house, and was pretty upset. Then I remembered that I bought a second box of food coloring on clearance at Publix after Valentine’s Day (go Mom!) with her favorite colors. Crisis averted.
First we spread the shaving cream all over the cookie sheet. Next we drizzled the colors. My daughter wanted to stick with pink, purple and blue. She gently mixed them throughout the shaving cream. We placed the eggs around the cookie sheet and used spoons to cover each egg with the colored shaving cream. Then we waited 10 minutes and wiped the shaving cream off of each egg with paper towels. That was pretty messy, too!
The shaving cream eggs were also a bit messy, but definitely fun! Despite our best efforts at staying clean, the dye definitely managed to get everywhere.
Would we do it again?
I asked my daughter which technique was her favorite. She picked the shaving cream eggs, but I knew she would! She really enjoyed swirling the dye into the shaving cream and covering each egg up. I actually liked all of the different ways we tried, but I think the crayon eggs were my favorite.
A couple of things: I’ve read online that some people don’t think it’s safe to eat the eggs after they’ve been in the shaving cream. I would also add that the nail polish eggs smell kinda funky in my fridge–nail polish and egg, kind of a weird combo. We actually don’t like hard boiled eggs in our house, so we made Easter eggs for the craftiness and fun, and nobody is going to eat them!
Please make the best and safest choice for you family.
We had a lot of fun together dyeing these eggs and I hope that you enjoy trying out some of these with your families! Happy Easter!!