Every year for Easter we do the same old thing – I pick up a Paas kit from the drugstore, and we dissolve those little colored tablets and drop in our eggs. Then we wait … and wait … and wait. It’s starting to get boring for everyone, so this year I scoured the Internet for more interesting ideas on how to decorate eggs. After spending hours down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest, I resurfaced with these cool ideas.
Melted Crayon Eggs from Jenna Burger
Love this idea of melting crayons on the still-hot surface of hard-boiled eggs straight from the pot (pictured above). Simple and effective – but maybe not the best activity for the youngest kids as they’ll be dealing with super-hot eggs!
What to Do: After hard-boiling the eggs, carefully transfer them, still hot, back to the egg carton so you can work with them without touching them. Choose one crayon to be the base color, and color the whole egg with it, pressing the crayon against the shell to melt it. Next, choose a contrasting color to scribble over the base, and create a swirly design. Refrigerate to set the colors.
Shaving Cream Eggs from A Thrifty Mom
This coloring trick is more interactive than just letting the eggs sit in a pool of water … but it’s also more messy! Disposable gloves are highly recommended – you’ve been warned.
What to Do: Squirt white shaving cream onto a cookie sheet to cover the entire sheet by about an inch, then use a knife to spread it out evenly. Drip no more than four colors of food coloring onto the shaving cream, and use a toothpick to create colorful swirly patterns, covering most of the white. Place hard-boiled eggs on one end of the cookie sheet and roll them across, picking up colors along the way, then transfer them onto a paper towel to dry for 15 minutes before rubbing off the shaving cream.
Glitter Eggs from The Girl Inspired
A floor covered in glitter is my worst nightmare, but if you’re made of tougher stuff than I am, then let your kids go to town on the sparkles. Plus, these beautiful glitter eggs would make a gorgeous centerpiece if you’re hosting this Easter.
What to Do: Hard-boil a mix of white and brown eggs. Pour some white glue into a disposable bowl and, using a paintbrush, brush some designs onto the eggs – polka dots, stripes, wavy lines – then sprinkle on some gold glitter. Shake off any excess glitter and let the glue dry.
Tattoo Eggs from Country Living
You probably have tons of temporary tattoos lying around the house from birthday parties – here’s your chance to put them to good use!
What to Do: Hard-boil the eggs, and let them cool. Apply temporary tattoos to them, one on each side.
Egg People from Target
And if you are going to buy an egg-dyeing kit this Easter, Target is selling some really cool kits that include all the pieces for making Easter egg people and scenery. There are different themes – pirates, princesses, circus animals. I admit to picking up one myself last week – just in case!