With Easter right around the corner, you may want to start thinking about some fun ideas for coloring Easter eggs. Of course, you could always buy the Easter egg dye at the store, but if you want to change it up a bit this year, check out these creative Easter egg ideas.
- Crayon Shavings
To color your Easter eggs with crayon shavings, you will want to do it while the eggs are still hot. While your eggs are boiling, shave a bunch of different colored crayons over a paper plate. As soon as the eggs are done, drain the water and dry the eggs. While they are still warm, roll them in the crayon shavings. The heat will melt the shavings, leaving you with beautiful designs on your eggs.
To tie-dye your Easter eggs, prepare your work area by lining a baking sheet with 5 or more layers of paper towels. Wearing latex gloves, dip half of a paper towel into vinegar. Squeeze out the excess vinegar and wrap an egg in the paper towel. Place the egg on the baking sheet and begin to squeeze drops of food coloring onto the paper towel-covered egg. Rotate the egg and alternate colors until the entire thing is covered. Remove the paper towel and place the colored Easter egg in a carton to dry.
- Washi Tape
Purchase some fun patterns of washi tape. Cover the Easter eggs with the various patterns.
Using a glue stick, make dots of glue around the eggs. Roll them in glitter and allow the glue to dry.
- Men’s Ties
Buy 100% silk ties from a thrift store. Cut them apart so there is no lining. Wrap your eggs in the silk with the right side against the egg. Tie it off with a twist tie and cut off the remaining silk. Wrap it again with scrap fabric and tie that off with a twist tie. Do this with as many eggs as you want to color. Place the eggs in a pot. Cover with cold water until the water is about 1″ above the eggs. Add ¼ cup of vinegar to the pot. Bring the water to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water and let them cool. Remove the fabric and allow them to completely dry.
Natural Easter Egg Dyes
Coloring Easter eggs with natural dyes is another fun way to get the fun colors you want, but in a different way.
- Onion Skins. Peel several yellow onions. Put the skins into a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer for ten minutes. Allow it to cool, and then discard the skins. Soak your eggs in the water. Depending on how long they soak, the colors will range anywhere from orange to gold.
- Cranberries. Place about 4 Cups of cranberries in a pot with 2 Cups of water. Boil the mixture until the cranberries burst. Cool the liquid before straining out the berries. Discard the cranberries and soak eggs in the liquid. Depending on how long they soak, your eggs will be anywhere from light blue to dark gray.
- Red Cabbage. Chop the red cabbage and place it in a pot of water. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool the mixture and then soak the eggs in it. Red cabbage makes anywhere from a dark blue to a blue-purple dye. Editor’s Note: Using red cabbage to dye your eggs may leave a very strong odor in your kitchen.
If you have any fun Easter egg ideas, please post them in the comments below.