In just about a month, another Easter will be upon us. Along with focusing on the importance of Easter, creating colorful eggs is often a tradition that many kids enjoy as the holiday approaches, mine included! A basket filled with eggs of varying hues can make a gorgeous centerpiece and is the ideal reminder that Spring is on it’s way – I hope.
A new and unique alternative idea that you may want to try this year is to use crayons instead of the traditional food coloring or store-bought dye kits. I have to tell you, the result will be unexpectedly awesome! Have you ever felt that the traditional food coloring or dyes don’t create an intense enough color? Yes, you can leave the eggs in the dye filled cup for hours, but what child wants to wait that long? Mine certainly don’t… With the technique of using melted crayons, the color can be as bright (or subtle) as you’d like and the result is instant…
Here are the steps I took with my kids to create Colorful Easter Eggs Using Melted Crayons…
- Eggs (steps to hard boil the eggs are below)
- A colorful collection of crayons
1.Put the eggs in a pot and fill the pot with cold water so it covers the eggs about 1-2″.
2.Once the eggs come to a full boil, remove the pot from the stove and cover for 12 minutes (so they create a hard-boiled egg).
3.Carefully remove the eggs from the pot and let them stand for about 1-2 minutes (the eggs will be very hot, so be sure to use tongs when removing them from the pot).
Here comes the fun part…
4. Using crayons, start drawing on your egg. Be creative. Get the kids involved. It’s a lot of fun to try different patterns and to mix the colors. For our eggs, I used one color as the base, then added another color on top. I smudged in the background hue which gave a fun, swirly look.
Because of the hot exterior of the egg, the crayon will melt on the egg’s surface. Once your masterpiece is finished, gently place the egg into the original egg holder and place it into the refrigerator. After a few minutes they will be cool and the decorated eggs can be handled and displayed as you’d like.
They’ll make a beautiful addition to any centerpiece – paired with other Easter decorations or simply on their own.
Want to save it and/or pin it for later use? Here’s a quick graphic to remember the steps…
Enjoy and Happy Easter Egg Decorating!