Easter is just one day away, and that can only mean one thing; it’s time to decorate eggs! I don’t know about you, but egg decorating is one of my favorite pre-Easter activities. I have fond memories of sitting around the kitchen table decorating eggs with my family. My brother, sister, and I were always in awe of our finished eggs and tried to outdo each other with creativity.
Decorating eggs is a tradition I’ve continued with my own family. Or at least my girls. My hubby doesn’t enjoy the messy, disorganized chaos that ensues when children drop eggs in colored dye. We’ve spared him the headache the last several years and had our fun while he is at work. It’s better for all involved that way!
Each year, the girls and I try different techniques. We’ve written on eggs with white crayon before dyeing them. We’ve wrapped them with rubber bands and experimented with mixing colors. Every year, we use a store bought kit with the little color disks that dissolve in water and vinegar. This year we broke all our rules while keeping with our egg decorating tradition.
We didn’t buy a dye kit. Instead, we tried three different techniques with three very different results. This was the year for trying the Pinterest ideas I pinned years ago plus an awesome egg decorating contraption featured on Shark Tank. And guess who joined us for the non-messy technique? My hubby!
First, we made what we called Tie-Dyed Eggs. In a nutshell here are our steps:
- Soak hard boiled eggs in vinegar for 10 minutes. Pat dry.
- Spoon a thawed container of Cool Whip into a 9×13 pan.
- Dot Cool Whip with food color (we used neon colors) and swirl with a wooden skewer (a spoon handle or popsicle stick would work too).
- Roll eggs in colored Cool Whip. Let dry 10 minutes.
- Carefully rinse excess Cool Whip from eggs.
- Admire the beautiful creations.
I have to admit, I read directions on this technique a few years ago and went by memory. I half expected the eggs to still be white when I rinsed them off. My memory served me well. If I had to do this all over again though, I’d wear rubber gloves. My finger tips currently look like the rainbow.
We were out of hard boiled eggs but not out of creativity, so I decided to try one more technique on non boiled eggs. Who said dyed eggs had to be hard boiled anyway? This technique we’ll call Rice Speckled Eggs (so creative, I know). Here’s what we did:
- Dump uncooked rice into plastic baggies (1/4-1/2 cup, eyeballed).
- Add several drops of food color to the rice; one color per bag. We started with 5-6 drops and added more as needed.
- Squish the rice around in the bag to evenly distribute the color.
- Place an egg in the bag of rice and gently toss and squish the rice around the egg to transfer color onto the egg.
- Remove eggs and let dry.
- Again, admire the creative masterpieces!
I also remembered reading about this technique in the past and was pretty impressed with how the eggs turned out. It was more fun to experiment than hunt for the ‘real’ directions in the moment. One of my girls spent extra time combining the colored rice to get multi-colored speckles on the eggs. I must say, these turned out super cute!
Both of these techniques were done while my hubby was at work. While they were super fun, they definitely had a mess factor. I may be finding rice on my kitchen floor for weeks. Remembering to seal the bag before shaking an egg in rice may prevent that, just in case you’re wondering.
We saved the as seen on Shark Tank, Egg Mazing Decorator machine, technique for when the man of the house was around though. We actually saw the Shark Tank episode where this contraption was pitched. When the girls and I found it in our favorite local gift shop, Sugar Bowl, we knew we had to try it ourselves.
Supplies needed for this Eggmazing technique included: The Egg Mazing Decorator (set included markers), 4 AA batteries, and eggs (we used white plastic eggs that could be colored and decorated). Place an egg in the middle of the machine, turn it on, place marker tip on the egg, and let the magic begin!
We all had fun with this one. It was not messy and worked for any level of talent and creativity. I think that’s why a certain person in our house was down with giving this one a try. Or maybe it was the Shark Tank stamp of approval. Whatever it was, I’m glad all four of us were able to make egg decorating memories this year.
I think when you get right down to it, no matter the technique or how beautiful the eggs turn out, the best part of the egg decorating tradition is the memories. We laughed, we created, we smiled, we spent time together. Just like I did with my family when I was young. Bringing the tradition full circle warms my heart. This Easter season, do two things: Remember the reason we celebrate this wondrous day and spend time making memories with those you love the most.