We have had a tiring couple of weeks! Between some unexpected life events, Spring planning and some exciting new construction about to begin we have been feeling a little more exhausted than usual. So we made it a point to do a fun Easter activity with our girls this week- simple tie dye egg coloring!
Coloring Easter eggs has come a long way in the last few years. I remember when picking up the egg dying kits as about your only option. To me, it was fun but messy and it became one of those things that I yearned for more creativity in.
We have done many different variations of egg coloring since becoming parents. For us, a lot had to do with having younger children and the safety of consumption with coloring tabs or staining during the process!
We have done shaving cream egg dying, painting and last year we even tried Natural Egg Dying from your Food Scraps. Which was not only educational and less waste but also gave us gorgeous colored eggs.
My girls are a little older now and one of their favorite things to do is tie dye clothing so I thought this was a really fun way to try out! It allows some more creativity and the end product is like unwrapping a groovy gift!
Simple Tie Dye Egg Coloring
All you need is eggs to hard boil, food coloring, a spray bottle, paper towels and tiny hair ties! I might recommend you wear a pair of gloves as the food coloring can stain!
Step One – Boil Eggs:
Hard boil your eggs! If you have farm fresh eggs we have a great tutorial here – Foolproof Method For Hard Boiling Farm Fresh Eggs!
If you are using store bought I recommend you…
- Place your eggs into a pot covered in water and bring to a rolling boil.
- Cover and remove from heat.
- Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer to your eggs from the pot of hot water to an ice bath. (bowl of cold water with a handful or more of ice cubes)
- Allow to cool and then air dry.
Step Two – Paper Towel Cover:
Place your dry egg in the center of a paper towel. Bring the paper towel up and secure with a small hair tie. You can pick these up at the dollar store for a single buck!
Step Three – Food Coloring Drops:
This step takes a little more focus. You will want to take your time dropping the colors onto the paper towel so that they do not bleed together and make one solid colored egg.
The objective is to not leave too much white paper showing on the egg without bleeding the colors together completely.
Step Four – Blend With Water:
Using a spray bottle with a gentle spray function, spray your egg until saturated and colors merge slightly.
Step Five – Allow To Dry (Be Patient):
Place them into a pan, making sure they are not touching so that colors don’t transfer from one to the next.
You will want to aim to let these colorful beauties dry overnight. However if you are impatient like my little ones and cannot wait that long to see your creations you could put a fan directly on them for at least 2 hours before unwrapping. You want the paper towel to by dry!
The end product is the best part. Every egg will be just a little different with crazy cool color blends!
Looking for some other fun Easter crafts or activities? Check out 10 Easter Decorations You Can Eat!
10 DIY Easter Decorations to Get Your House Ready for the Bunny! is also a fun article that showcases some cute DIY Easter decorations that would be a blast to do with the little ones!
Or maybe hippity hop over to one of these articles to find one to make with the kids this Easter weekend…
- No Sew Sock Bunny by Feeling Nifty
- Handprint Paper Lilies by One Little Project
- Chalk Pastel Bunny Art by Projects With Kids
- Decoupage Paper Napkin Eggs by Hip2Save
- Easter Cross Sun Catcher by My Joy Filled Life
I hope you all have a lovely and blessed Easter weekend with your families!
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Love, light and a little grace…
Olivia Whalen is mama to three young girls who is devoted to creative learning, exploration and free range imagination. Olivia enjoys thinking outside of the box when it comes to preparing homemade baby food or meals for her family. She most enjoys allowing the little minds in her life to flourish and with that you will see her write about creative kid crafts, recipes that fit a family budget and keep everyone asking for more, tips and tricks for a tiny babe, and beginner homesteader fun! Some of her hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading, cooking or just basking in motherhood.