I have a super easy, fun way to decorate Easter eggs. I’ve been using this technique since my own kiddos were little and it’s a great way to decorate cracked eggs and use up some old crayons in the process.
Are you ready to try this technique for yourself? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Hard-boiled eggs. Duh.
- Glass Measuring Cup
- Slotted Spoon
I set up this picture before I discovered that Twistable Crayons do not work for this process. If you happen to have some in the house because you thought your sister-in-law with Down Syndrome couldn’t possibly turn the Twistable Crayons into a giant, flaky mess (but can!) and perhaps you could get rid of them by using them to decorate Easter eggs…well, you’d be out of luck. I’m just saying. Don’t use Twistables. They don’t melt.
Regular crayons work like a charm and after digging around in a drawer, I managed to come up with a few renegade crayons for this project.
I like using my Pyrex 2-Cup measuring cup because it’s a good size and since it’s clear, I can see what’s going on. Boil 2 Cups of water in the measuring cup. Four minutes in my microwave usually does the trick.
While your water is boiling, peel down the paper on the end of the crayons.
As I mentioned, this technique is good for cracked eggs.
I ended up decorating the dented egg in the back, just for fun, but really, that egg is my breakfast. The egg on the left is going to be magically transformed.
Once your water is boiling with nice big bubbles popping to the surface, take it out and grate your crayons into the water.
My water was pretty hot and I was more focused to taking a picture of Kiddo grating the crayons. If you hold the grater above the water a bit, you don’t get the melting action.
Grate enough crayon into the cup to look like so:
If you are quick with the dunking, you can sometimes get the two-toned color effect. Usually, the wax will just meld into one color.
Using your slotted spoon, dip the egg into the water. The crayon will not go onto the egg until you lift it back out of the water.
Move your egg around so that when you lift it out the water, there is a sea of crayon for it to go through. Lift the egg out slowly and the wax will cling to the egg’s shell.
If you don’t get enough wax on the egg, you can dunk it back down and come up again. If you pull the egg out and you like the look, leave it alone. The wax moves around every time you pull the egg up out of the water.
If you have a couple of bald spots, hold the egg with your fingers and lightly swish just the bald spot through the crayon. Be quick so you don’t melt off more wax.
I usually start with the lightest colors and the move on to darker colors. You can clean out the measuring cup between colors or keep going with all the colors together. I don’t bother cleaning it out because I kind of like the variations in colors.
You never know how the colors are going to blend together. This tan and orange, ended up looking more red on the eggs.
The pink and purple crayons actually show both colors, but overall, also look kind of red.
If you look back up at the picture with the red and green eggs in the carton, the egg in the front on the left has the crack in it. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Kind of hard to see, right? As for my breakfast egg? Well, it’s hard to hide a dent, but you do have to look for it.
Still can't see it? How about now?
You can usually dip about 6 eggs or so before your water cools off. Once this happens, just stick it in the microwave for another minute or so and keep going.
Also, you don’t have to shave crayon into the water for every egg. As you do more eggs, you get some really pretty designs with less crayon in the water.
Caution: Since you are dealing with hot water, this is a technique better used for the older kiddos, or with adult supervision. I don’t want anyone getting burned.
It really is a fun, easy way to color eggs. Since you probably haven’t outlawed crayons at your house, it’s also a cheap way to color eggs.
Give it a try. You might find a new technique that you’ll be happy to do year after year.
How do you like to decorate eggs?