Did you know you can decorate Easter eggs with crayons? It’s true. The secret is to start doodling as soon as the eggs are done boiling. The residual heat of the egg will cause the waxy crayon to melt right onto the shell.
This is, by far, one the most interesting ways to decorate your Easter eggs. The only drawback is that it’s not entirely kid-friendly; in order for everything to work properly the eggs need to be pretty warm. This can make it hard for little ones to participate without getting hurt. Also, once you finish coloring one side, the eggs are so slippery that it’s nearly impossible to turn them over without inflicting some serious damage.
So we’ve come up with an alternate method that allows children of all ages to participate, worry-free. What’s our secret? Two words: crayon shavings.
To prepare for this project, gather the following materials:
- 1 box of color crayons
- 1 crayon sharpener
- 1 carton of eggs (more if you prefer)
- food coloring
- white vinegar
Begin by shaving a few crayons in the colors of your choice. This is a great way to use up all those broken crayon pieces you likely have lying around.
For our eggs we went with three different color combinations but you can choose as many or as few as you’d like. If you feel like incorporating an art lesson into the activity, this is a good time to talk about various types of color schemes such as:
- monochromatic – uses various shades of the same hue
- complementary – uses two colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel
- analogous – uses three colors that are all next to each other on the color wheel.
Once you have your crayon shavings ready, go ahead and boil your eggs. As soon as they’re cooked, pop them out of the water and into an egg carton with the pointy end of the egg pointing down. Then sprinkle your crayon shavings on top.
As the shavings heat up and melt, they will run together and create beautiful patterns and colors. And since the eggs are facing downward, the colors will run all the way to the tip. This means you won’t have to attempt to flip the egg over in order to color the whole thing.
Now it’s time for one last color treatment (because it just wouldn’t be Easter without some sort of dye). While you allow the crayon to dry on the egg, mix together the following ingredients in a glass cup or jar:
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- a few drops of food coloring
Once the eggs are dry, use tongs to submerge the eggs into the dye for a minute or two. The longer the eggs soak, and the more food coloring you use, the darker the colors will be.
We only dyed about a third of our eggs as we liked the look of keeping some of them white underneath the crayon drippings.
My kids loved this project and yours will too – we hope you give it a try this year!
Photo credit: Stephanie Morgan