I was so excited when Parents magazine asked me to craft “messy” Easter eggs…beautiful egg designs that were all left to chance—leave your perfection at the door! I love this idea for two reasons
We can get so caught up in making “Pinterest-perfect” crafts. We see these precision-crafted egg designs, and while I love them (and make them) they can be very intimidating.
I love the idea of embracing the process…letting the dyes, paints, and materials take control and waiting to see what the final result is. It embraces the ideas of process art (check out Art Bar and Meri Cherry for some amazing process art tips!)
SHAVING CREAM MARBLED EGGS
Spread a thick layer of shaving cream on a cookie sheet.Add 4 or 5 drops of food coloring to a small section and mix it around with a toothpick or a straw.Roll an egg in the dyed shaving cream, and let the shaving cream sit on the egg’s surface for about 10 minutes. Pat excess off with paper towels.
Tip: Presoak eggs in white vinegar for 2 to 3 minutes for more vibrant color!
WATERCOLOR EASTER EGGS
Stand an egg up on a bottle cap or an overturned egg carton (resting the egg between the cups). Drip 1 to 4 drops of first color of food coloring on top of the egg. Spray with water. Repeat with additional colors.
SOAP-BUBBLE EASTER EGGS (top)
Mix 2 Tbs. dish soap with 1 tsp. water and 10 to 15 drops of dye. Blow into the solution with a straw, and then stir vigorously with the straw.Dip an egg into just the bubbles and let dry.
BUBBLE-WRAP EASTER EGGS (bottom)
Dye an egg the color of your choice.Press solvent ink pads onto Bubble Wrap. Lay an egg on the inked Bubble Wrap, gently pull up the corners, and wrap around egg.
Tip: Don’t move the eggs around on the Bubble Wrap or the ink will smear!
TAPE-RESIST AND TAPE EASTER EGGS
Wrap an egg in thin washi tape, pressing it firmly to the eggshell. Use a paintbrush or your finger to cover the egg with tempera paint. Let paint dry completely, then remove tape.
Tip: Use different widths of tape and stickers for more graphic designs!