Easter is almost here and if your kids / grandkids are anything like mine, they’re already begging you to let them dye eggs. The good news is that there’s other ways to make pretty Easter eggs than dealing with that messy dye that covers everything. Have you ever thought about using crayons to make easter eggs with?
Here’s the truth – I hate dyeing easter eggs.
It doesn’t matter how many towels you put down someone’s going to spill the color and it’s going to go everywhere. Then the kids are going to fight over who gets the pink dye first. If you put down several cups of pink dye, they’ll all want the green dye and you’ll only have one cup of that.
Then it never fails that your pretty easter pictures of the whole family will also show multicolored dyed fingers.
Save yourself the dye trouble this year and try out melted crayon easter eggs. (Ok so we’ll still dye eggs because I can’t escape it but the kids will probably beg to do these again too.)
Start with crayons. I bought a new box because I have a crayon buying addiction but the old broken crayons would work great!
Peel off part of the crayon label and use an old cheese shredder or knife to carefully make crayon shavings. Do not use your good cheese shredder because you will never get all the crayon off of it. Be careful and do not let children use the knife to make the shavings.
Here’s the kicker – You need hot eggs. As soon as they are done boiling, dry them off and put them on a bottle cap on a surface where they can stay until the melted crayon has set. The bottle cap helps hold them up. A bottle cap from a glass bottle works the best but a water bottle cap will work too.
Please watch kids while handling the hot eggs.
Immediately start sprinking the crayon shavings on top of the hot egg and let it set.
Press a few shavings around the edges and bottom of the egg. They will stick and then slowly start to melt.
Let the egg sit for a few minutes while the crayons melt. After a minute or two gently remove any unmelted pieces.
This is a different egg that I first rolled in the crayon shavings and then placed shavings on the top and sides. They crayons didn’t melt as well since it was already cooling but I really liked the finished results.
Then when you’re done you’ll have beautiful eggs that are ready for a lively (shady) egg hunt.