Easter is just around the corner and one of our favorite things to do is decorate Easter eggs. This year, I decided to add a fun twist to the traditional dyed Easter eggs by adding different scents! Kids love things that smell good and since I used concentrated food flavoring, the eggs are still safe to eat.
Start by hard boiling as many eggs as you need. Place eggs in a large saucepan in a single layer. Add enough cold water so that it covers the eggs by one inch. Heat the water, over high heat, until it starts to boil. Remove from heat and cover the pan. Allow the eggs to stand in the hot water for 12 minutes for large eggs or 15 minutes for extra large eggs. Cool the eggs completely in cool water and store in the fridge until ready to dye.
Dye the hard-boiled eggs using your preferred method. I used the traditional dye tablets that can be purchased at the mass retailers, following the directions on the package. Tip: vinegar helps to make the colors brighter.
Allow the dye to dry completely and then it’s time for the fun part: adding the scents! Use flavored extracts and oils to paint the scents on the colored eggs. I added scents based on the colors that we dyed the eggs and the candy oil flavors that were available at the craft store.
- Red = Watermelon Flavor Candy Oil
- Orange = Orange Oil, Natural
- Yellow = Lemon Extract
- Green (Apple) = Apple Flavor Candy Oil
- Blue (Raspberry) = Raspberry Flavor Candy Oil
- Purple = Grape Flavor Candy Oil
Place the scented eggs in the fridge and allow the extracts and oils to dry completely. When I took the eggs out of the fridge to take photos, condensation accumulated on the eggs leaving the cool speckled effect.
Use small letter stamps from the bargain bins at the craft store to stamp the flavors on the eggs.
The color and scent combinations are endless and the kids will love decorating Easter eggs with a new twist!