The title of today’s post might have you believe this is just a simple how-to with some ideas for Easter egg dying. And it kind of is, but I also want to take a second to talk about memories. You see, this time of year (and holidays in general), is about so much more than cute baskets and colorful eggs – it’s about slowing down and making memories with family. And for me, dying Easter eggs is such a fond memory that I distinctly remember doing every single year growing up.
Because dying eggs was so special for me, of course, I want that same thing for Zelda. Yes, it’s just a simple activity, but I’m hoping that by doing all of these crafts and little projects with her, it’s teaching her the value in slowing down and creating amazing memories with the people you love most. After all, isn’t that the kind of thing we want our kids learning from us?
Anyway, what’s the best way to make memories than to dye some Easter eggs?! Zelda and I tested out a few different kits (omg there are SO many of them these days) and had some great results, so I wanted to share!
First, this was such an inexpensive way to have fun with Zelda. Literally, the kits we used are $1.50. Whether you have one child or are hosting an entire houseful for the holiday, I highly recommend this activity.
To set it up, I used these small Crate & Barrel bowls. You don’t have to use something like this, but I loved how they look in the photos and you can use them again and again for various craft projects. I like to keep 8 to 10 on hand and then store them in our craft closet.
Second, to protect the surface of your table, you’ll want to use this kraft paper. You might remember it from my charcuterie table post. Again, you don’t have to use fancy patterned paper, I just think it makes the photos extra pretty.
As for the dye kits, we used two. First up was this Classic Coloring Kit from Paas – the same brand that made the kits back when I was a kid! We learned a special trick with this kit too – to achieve the marbled look on the eggshell, you simply buy the Classic kit and then add one tablespoon of olive oil to each color and mix it really really well. When you set your eggs out to dry they’ll end up with that marbled look. So pretty and very simple!
Our second kit was the Unicorn Color Whip Kit also from Paas. I’m a complete sucker for anything unicorn and so is Zelda, so we were both really excited about this. Well, it took us by surprise because initially (if you take a look at the photos), the eggs did not look like they were going to turn out like the ones on the box. But lo and behold, they did! We were shocked! I mean look at them, they’re PERFECT! (Stay tuned for how I turn these into a stunning Easter centerpiece!)
So get yourself some eggs, some coloring kits and have fun this Easter season! The memories will last forever, I promise!