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Eggstra Easy Easter Ideas

Easter was always one of my favorite holidays. As a kid I remember my parents would wake me up to a giant Easter basket complete with a large chocolate bunny and then getting completely dolled up, Easter, dress, bonnet, and all. Then after Easter mass, which was impossible to sit still to with a crinoline petty coat and itchy tights on, it was back home to our two bedroom apartment to dye some eggs. For me there was never any egg hunts, growing up in the city where trees and greens are hard to find it was all about the egg dying!

Last Friday I got to strut my egg dying stuff when I did a segment on Today on NBC , you can check it out here. The segment was so much fun because I was able to work with 6 terrific kid accomplices.

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Here I am with Michael, Morgan and Erin (3 of my 6 accomplices)

Here are some easy peasy Easter egg dying ideas that are great to do with kids!

Egg Dye 101

Instead of buying egg dying kits you can make your own dye with store bought food coloring. Here’s how.

Here is what you need:

– Food Coloring

– 4 ounces White vinegar

– Clear mixing bowl

– 2 ounces Water

I combine 4 ounces of white vinegar with 2 ounces of water, I like to warm it up in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, warm dye attaches to eggs better, then add 10-20 drops of food coloring. Make sure your bowl is deep enough to submerge the eggs completely. The more coloring the more intense the color of the eggs and leave your eggs in longer for a deeper color, for a quick color leave your eggs in for about 3 minutes.

Sticker Perfect Eggs

Use store bought stickers to decorate eggs, you could either put them on after you die the eggs to

decorate them quick and easily or put them on BEFORE you die them, then remove them to create a

relief.


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Here’s an egg with a sticker, and one with a sticker relief

Herb Decorated Eggs

Create herb decorated eggs using herb sprigs and pantyhose. Cut up nylon panty hose can hold beautiful leaves in place while you stick them in dye. I LOVED little leaves of parsley!


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Dinosaur Eggs

Kids LOVE to make these dinosaur eggs because they really turn out so crackled and old looking. All

you need are pieces of cheesecloth and some dye and voila! Pre-dye an egg in a prehistoric color, then wrap your eggs in a piece of cheesecloth then paint on a darker dye with a brush. The dye will get soaked into the cheesecloth and transfer to the surface of the egg.


Dinosaur Eggs



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Rubber Cement Eggs

Who knew that rubber cement could create such beautiful eggs? Just pour some over the top of the pre-dyed eggs, let them dry and then dye them as usual. the results are amazing!


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Egg Animals

Create a egg menagerie, try these baby birds and bunnies. All you need to do is cut the pieces from construction paper and glue them on with Elmer’s Glue.


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The birds looked super cute in a makeshift nest


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The bunnies look cozy in a bed of moss

NO DYE EGGS IDEAS

Glitter Eggs

Who doesn’t love glitter, right?  Create beautiful glittery eggs, just by rolling them in glue and then in a tray full of glitter.


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Silk Dyed Eggs

Silk ties or pieces of old silk scarves can create these incredible eggs, just cut the tie into squares, wrap

it around the egg and let is boil in a vinegar water mixture. No Dye required!

Here is what you do:

– Cut up SILK neckties or SILK scarves into squares that could wrap around an egg

– Cut up squares of a neutral muslin, white t-shirt material, or even a light colored old bedsheet.

– Wrap an UNCOOKED egg in the silk

– Wrap the neutral fabric OVER the silk

– Twist or zip tie the eggs tight, like this


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– Bowl the eggs in a PORCELAIN or GLASS pot, Needs to be NON Metal and therefor Non Reactive (I used my tea kettle!)


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– Fill the bowl with enough water to cover your eggs

– Add 3 tablespoons of vinegar

– Bring water to a boil and then let it simmer for 20 mins (especially if you plan to eat the eggs)

– Let your eggs cool then unwrap them!


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Tissue Paper Eggs

Tissue paper, the colorful kind that you wrap gift with can make a quick and easy to clean up dying

technique simply wet down the egg, put little bits of tissue paper on the egg, in any pattern, let it sit and

remove it!


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Rice Crispy Treat Eggs & Creatures

These are super fun and don’t involve eggs! Shape rice crispy treats into “eggs” or bunnies and have kids decorate them. So fun!


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