Best (time-killing) ways to color Easter Eggs

We’re generally a Paas-kit kind of family. I usually grab whatever is their new kit that year—whether it be gold-foiling (awesome) or glitterizing or foaming—and we let our kids sit in the same frustration of the imprecise clear wax crayon.

But now I find us with some extra time in our days.

And as someone who actually really enjoys arts and crafts (just usually those not involving children and dye), this might be the time to actually try one of those more involved techniques I’ve been curious about. No promises, but that’s how I’m feeling today.

Here some techniques I’d be curious to try…

I am especially inspired by this dad’s creation, “The Egg Wizard,” which involves some awesome engineering with LEGOs, and felt tip pens. Watch the video.

Marbleized Easter Eggs use oil to create a resist pattern on the shell of the egg—bonus: a science lesson in density for the kids! Martha’s tutorial uses blown-out eggs, but I’m not sure that would be required. We’ve also done a version of marbleized eggs using shaving cream.

I don’t know if I could get the materials for this in time, but I’ve always wanted to try Eastern-European-inspired Pysanky eggs—a more intricate technique of wax-resist designs. (Recall my frustration with that imprecise crayon?)

But without the right materials for Pysanky, I could see turning to hand-painted eggs for the same sort of aesthetic precision and satisfaction. I love these Botanical ones by House that Lars Built. I don’t think the background would need to be black.

Erin of Reading My Tea Leaves tried making Botanical BluePrints on her eggs using leaves and cabbage-based dye. I think half the fun would be the scouting for materials.

Liz Stanley published this guide to tea-dyed eggs on her blog, Say Yes, and the results are so beautiful.

Finally, Martha has a great list of food items to gather to make Natural Food-dyed Eggs. This seems especially nice to try out now, when we’re looking for ways to work some science or history lesson into every project.

Any fun egg-dying projects in your future? 

P.S. The secret to Easy-to-Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs. An Egg Salad Tartine and perfect Soft-Cooked Eggs. Also, my favorite Easter book to read with the kids.

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