Easter Eggs TWO ways!

Yeah okay, so I am obviously late with this, but I was dragging my heals on buying eggs for this. (On a side note, why is it so hard to find white eggs lately?) We buy cage free organic eggs, so ours are brown, so I had to go out and buy white eggs, and I had a heck of a time finding white eggs to dye!
So, even though I am late, I was thinking that these would be a lot of fun to do with wood eggs, or wood balls or other wood shapes and make easy decorative pieces that your kids can make.We did two different kinds of Easter eggs this year.  Eight total. Four of each technique.  I have decided that I am done buying those Paas decorating kits. They are messy, and boring. I always have food coloring laying around, ironically, not for food though. I use it a lot to dye papers and other products I make. So I figured let’s try that new fangled shaving cream mess I have seen everyone doing online this year, but let’s also do a paper based version as well.So, let’s start off by saying that not only am I in a wedding in less then a week, but so is my daughter.  Dye was not on the short list of accessories I wanted either one of us to sport while wearing a bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, so I even bit the bullet and bought plastic gloves to wear while doing the eggs.

The shaving cream eggs did NOT swirl like the examples I saw online (does that stuff ever turn out the right way?)  I’m not going to dwell too much on this process, as I don’t like how it turned out as much as our paper ones. But basically, it went like this:

  • Husband has over abundance of T-Shirts, so we used 2 cut up as rags for this, as I am not fond of using a zillion paper towels for one project.  (Yes, I asked first, I promise!)
  • I went name brand on the shaving cream, because I am fancy? Nope, because Barbasol was the cheapest option.
  • Toothpicks were not ideal – skewers would have been much more helpful. I think my daughter lost about four toothpicks in the shaving cream glops we created.
  • We did everything as instructed, and we achieved a very similar look to multiple dips in traditional egg dying cups. (yay?)
  • Eggs with shaving cream on them are quite slippery. One bit the dust while we were wiping it down.

Okay, so next we did the paper based version.

We took tissue paper and tore pieces about 1/4 inch or so, and then with Modge Podge that was slightly thinned with water, we just coated the eggs, and layered the tissue paper on. SO easy.

We DID end up dying the tips of our fingers as the ink in the tissue paper bled, but it did wash off by this evening, so I am not upset at all. I really do think these turned out the best of the two, and the most unique.

You could totally do this process on any wood shape and use them as decoration.  They were easier and SO much less messy then any dye process I have ever done, and I wish I had thought of wood eggs before we got started!


And here are all of our finished eggs!

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