Kids and Easter eggs go together, but so do kids and messiness. When you give them free reign to work with several different containers of dyed water, you’re asking for disaster to strike. Use less messy ways to color and decorate your eggs, and get pretty results without all the extra clean up.
Instead of dripping dye, allow kids to have fun with materials they’re meant to touch and handle. Give them regular white glue and paste that can be painted on, along with hard-boiled eggs. Kids can paint or draw glue onto the eggs, then roll the decorations right onto the shell.
Fill wide, shallow containers with glitter, confetti, feathers, tiny beads or small pebbles. Once the gluey eggs are rolled through any of these, the eggs will pick up the texture to create a decorated final product.
If you have some old silk scarves lying around, you have exactly what you need to create fancy Easter eggs .
Silk should be cut into pieces big enough to wrap around eggs. The print should be touching the shell. Once silk is in place, wrap each egg in a piece of white fabric and tie it at the top to hold it in place. Old socks work very well for this. Fill a pot with wrapped eggs, and fill this with water. Add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and boil it all together. After the water comes to a full boil, turn the heat down and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the eggs from the heat.
Once the water has cooled, remove the eggs and allow them to cool completely before you take off all the wrapping. When the silk is pulled away, colorful patterns will be revealed.
Stick-on tattoos, the kind that transfer onto skin and wash away, work beautifully on hard-boiled eggs. Follow the instructions for transferring images directly onto the eggs. Decorating for Easter isn’t going to get much easier than this!
Instead of using food coloring and vinegar and pouring out different dyes for kids to dip, make your own natural dyes and color your Easter eggs more efficiently.
Boil your eggs in a pot with fruits and vegetables that give them natural color. Use red onion skins or canned cherries for red. Beets or grape juice create a pink color, while spinach will turn eggs green. Yellow onion turns eggs bright yellow. After about 15 minutes of boiling, the eggs should be brightly-colored.
Kids can really have free reign over their Easter eggs if you paint them with chalkboard paint . A sample can of paint and a small brush should be enough for a dozen eggs. Simply paint the color on in even strokes and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Once the paint is dry, kids can draw on it with regular chalk. Get colored chalk so they can experiment with different designs. And if they make a mistake, the chalk can be wiped right off so the egg can be started again.
A Tidier Easter
Use less messy tricks to color eggs and decorate them for the holiday. Make Easter a joy to celebrate, instead of creating a big mess.