Easy Spring Fun!
Easy Spring Fun!
Last weekend, I was strolling through my local arts and craft store and saw some wooden eggs. They reminded me of when my children were young and we’d enjoy dying eggs for Easter. I don’t get to spend a whole lot of time with my grandchildren but I always put together little boxes of treats to send at different times of the year and these would be perfect to include. It was also a good opportunity to try out an egg dying technique I’d seen over the years, dying eggs with shaving cream and food coloring. In the end, it was loads of fun! Here’s the skinny:
You’ll need wooden eggs, painted white or hard-boiled eggs (more on this later), food coloring, cheap shaving cream, a couple of pans, a spatula, (and, as I realized after I got started, plastic or latex gloves) and vinegar if you are using real eggs.
First, if you are using real eggs, be sure they are hard boiled and you’ll need to soak them in vinegar for a little bit before you get started. Start your egg dye pan by spraying a thin layer of shaving cream in the bottom of a pan, then spread it out with a spatula. Drop or dribble food coloring on the shaving cream and then spread the food coloring out in any pattern you desire. Next, roll the eggs in the shaving cream mixture (this is where I realized gloves would have been a good idea) and set them aside without wiping the colored shaving cream off the eggs. I’d seen this done with real eggs and they only let the eggs set a few minutes before washing them off. I washed one after about fifteen minutes but the color wasn’t adhering to the wooden eggs very well at that point so I held back the temptation and let them set over night. I washed them off the next day and you can see the delightful result below!
This is a great and easy craft to do with your children or your grandchildren or even with a group of friends. Get the regular food coloring and not the gel kind. If you are using hard-boiled eggs and plan on eating them, be sure that you refrigerate the eggs while you are waiting for the dye to adhere and after the dye process.
I hope you enjoy this quick and easy way to kick off Spring. Please share pictures of your creations on our Facebook page. We’d love to see them!
Margaret Miller Butcher