How would you like to learn how to make some pretty Easter eggs this year without using the usual PAAS decorating tablets that you drop into a bowl with vinegar? I mean, am I the only one bored with that method?
This post will show you how to decorate some pretty Easter eggs using three different processes that “ain’t yo mama’s Easter eggs”!
The Shaving Cream Method
This way of decorating the eggs is messy, I’m not gonna lie. But if you’re willing to tolerate that, this would probably be very popular with your kids! These eggs come out so pretty with a marbled effect. You can experiment with color combinations.
Materials Needed (with links):
Hard boiled eggs that have been soaked in white vinegar for 20 minutes and then dried.
Shaving Cream, not gel (*You can’t eat the eggs if you use shaving cream, but you can use whipped cream to make them safe for eating. Remember to keep the eggs refrigerated if using whipped cream.)
You’ll notice that I didn’t give much direction to the amounts of any materials. That’s because I don’t know how many eggs you want to color, so you will have to adjust the of everything based on how many eggs you are coloring.
Spray about ½” deep layer of shaving cream, coating the bottom of the pan and smooth it out with the spatula.
Take the food coloring and sprinkle some drops generously around the top of the shaving cream. You can use just one color or choose to use more.
Use the bamboo skewer to pull it through the drops of food coloring to make swirls and marble the color.
(I use rubber gloves for this part) Put one egg in the pan and slowly roll it around the shaving cream, making sure it has being coated with swirls of food coloring.
Take your eggs out and set on a paper towel for and let dry for 20 minutes. Don’t do anything to clean the shaving cream off until the egg is dry. You can now repeat the process with other eggs, one at a time, through the same shaving cream, or you can do a few at a time in separate areas of the pan.
Gently wipe the shaving cream off with a paper towel. Leave the egg alone to completely dry before handling.
The Rice Method
I love the way these eggs come out looking speckled from the rice. So easy and you probably already have everything to make this egg already in your kitchen.
Materials needed (with links):
Hard Boiled Eggs
Add ¼ cup of white rice into a Tupperware container with lid.
Add approx. 10 drops of food coloring (it’s fun to use 2 colors). Then close the container and shake it up to distribute the color.
Add your egg and shake it around with rice until completely coated with color. Take the egg out carefully and set out to dry completely.
The Gold Leaf Method
I love this method because it looks much more impressive and much more difficult than it really is. *Eggs using this method should not be eaten.
The gold leaf is very thin and can get all over the place, so I used Glad Press’NSeal because it will just stick to the surface of your table and at the end, you can just carefully peel it up and all the tiny flecks of gold leaf can be wrapped up in it for an easy cleanup.
I tried this on plain eggs and on dyed eggs that I colored first, and I think it looks much prettier on the colored eggs. You can purposely leave gold leaf off of parts of the egg to give a really pretty marbling pattern.
Materials (with links):
Hard Boiled Eggs
Fluffy Gilding Brush (for gold leaf)
Foam Brushes (for Mod Podge)
Dye your eggs using whatever product or method you prefer. Then make sure your eggs are completely dry before you begin.
Using your foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over a small section of the egg.
Tear or cut off a small piece of gold leaf and carefully lay it over the area of the egg that you covered with Mod Podge. Press it down lightly with your fingers so that it lays flat on the egg.
Use the fluffy brush to brush off the parts of gold leaf that haven’t been glued down.
Repeat with another small section of Mod Podge, making sure to leave parts of the egg showing so that you have a marbled pattern. Set your egg out to dry.
I have so many fun memories of growing up, dying eggs with my parents. My mom was an artist, so her eggs always came out beautiful, whether she was just using several colors to dip her eggs in or drawing on the eggs first.
My dad would always grab a white crayon and write the dogs’ names on an egg and then put it in one of the cups of dye to sit for a while. When he took it out, you could see the names because the dye didn’t color over the white wax of the crayon.
The funny thing is then I grew up and we always invited my parents over to color eggs with my kids. History repeated itself because my mom would teach my kids how to use the different colors with each egg and my dad would write our dogs’ names on an egg with a white crayon.
Also, to this day, when I smell white vinegar, my mind always goes to Easter and the cups sitting on the kitchen table with water, vinegar and a PAAS tablet in each one. It’s so interesting how scents can conjure up memories for us!
I hope you will try these methods of coloring your eggs this year and see how they look. Let me know how you color your eggs in the Comments below!
Thanks for stopping by to read my words. Hope you celebrate something new today!