Easter is coming up this weekend and many parents will have their kids home for a few extra days this week, what better way to occupy them than with a great and eggciting craft! Kids love to dye Easter eggs, but all that food coloring and store bought dye kits can be messy and leave the house stained. Many parents outlaw egg coloring because of the stain factor. So how about finding some neat ways to decorate eggs that do not include products that will dye or stain the house and all the people involved in the process? Well here are a couple of projects your kids will love that will leave your house (relatively) unscathed.
Cool Crayon Colors
Total Time Needed:
By substituting crayons for conventional egg dye you won’t have to worry about the stains. Simply melt the crayons on the egg by coloring right on the still-warm hard-boiled eggs. The heat from the egg will melt the wax and create smooth colors and patterns on the egg.
Boil the eggs in a mixture of water and vinegar (about 1 1/2 tablespoons of vinegar for every cup of water) for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat. Carefully remove a hot egg (parents only) and let it cool for about 10 minutes. (Leave the others in the water until you’re almost ready to decorate them, so they stay warm.) Holding the egg on a paper towel, draw on the shell with the crayons. To avoid smudging your design when turning the egg, carefully lift it from the paper towel, turn it, then set it back down. Let the design set for about 30 minutes.
Aluminum Foil Technique:
Total Time Needed: 1 hour
Hard Boiled Eggs
After boiling the eggs let them cool for 10-15 minutes. Then take a piece of aluminum foil and crumple it and uncrumple it, now coat the foil with acrylic paint. Next place the egg in the center of the foil, now loosely wrap the egg with the foil. Gently press the foil in on the egg trying not to crush the egg (parents may want to show the kids how gently to press the foil onto the egg.) Finally remove the egg and let it dry. If you want to add other colors repeat the process with another piece of foil and a new color.
Both of these decorating ideas are new and eggciting for you and your little one, so enjoy the weekend and all your eggcellent creations!
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