Let’s be honest, this was more about me than it was about my toddler wanting to be creative. Dying Easter eggs was always a happy memory for me, the same way I hope it is for my kids. But when I was preparing for this blog post, I couldn’t help but notice how much of a complete mess dying eggs is. There was water, glitter, glue, and food coloring everyyyywhere. It was not as fun as I remember, but I have to say, the happy laughs coming from my son and his friend made this all worth it.
The reason I think creative dying is important is that it gives some fun back to Mom. My therapist is always telling me to paint or create art as it gently calms your mind and brings the focus on the present. So when I set out to find some creative ways to dye eggs, it turned into bringing the child-like behavior back to me!
Here are 5 creative ways to dye Easter Eggs:
Shaving Cream Easter Eggs:
This is a lot easier than it looks and it turns out so pretty! In a bowl, squirt shaving cream almost to the top. Take various food coloring colors and dot all over the shaving cream and gently stir. Place eggs into mixture and set aside to dry. Once dry, take a towel and wipe off the excess shaving cream.
Checkered Dyed Eggs:
This is like a classic basket weave. You can make a few bowls with different colors but all you need is 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon vinegar, and food coloring (3 drops works). Mix together to create your water-color mixture. Apply vertical and horizontal lines with tape to the hard-boiled eggs. Dip once and let soak for 5 minutes. Remove the tape and repeat, removing after 2 minutes. You can also create designs using tape however you please and omit the second “dip”. Let Dry.
Keep that sensory bin rice for this mixture! In a plastic bag, add a cup of rice and 3 drops food coloring. Give the bag a good shake so that the rice is coated. Add the hard-boiled egg and let sit for 10 minutes. Once you remove the egg you will have perfect rice-dyed egg!
In a glass measuring cup, make a dye solution by mixing 1 cup cool water with 5 drops food coloring, and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 Tablespoon butter and stir into the dye solution. Using tongs, quickly dunk an egg in and out of the solution 3 times, then submerge the egg for 5 minutes. Remove egg and let dry, rubbing off any excess butter.
String or Rubberband-Wrapped Easter Eggs:
Take a few rubber bands and place them around egg making whatever shape or design you desire (example picture below). Plunge the egg into dye mixture (1 cup cool water, 5 drops food coloring, and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar) and let sit for 5 minutes. Set aside to dry. Once the eggs have completely dried, remove the rubber bands and voila!
Remember to have fun with this activity and feel the child in you!