From simple boxed dye sets to the slightly more labor-intensive DIY natural pigments, decorating Easter eggs has long been a family tradition many of us look forward to year after year.
If you're looking for a new way to dye your eggs this coming Easter, why not try the kid-friendly and super affordable shaving cream method?
With an easy-to-source supply list, it's entirely possible you already have everything you need at home to tackle this fun holiday DIY.
And with results ranging from a gorgeous marbled effect to a hue-shifting full-color coverage depending on your technique, you're sure to have an Easter basket full of very unique eggs, no two just alike.
We used hard boiled eggs, and since the eggshells are porous and shaving cream isn't food-safe, we wouldn't advise eating them.
You can substitute whipped cream or Cool Whip for edible eggs, but your designs will not be quite as sharp (though the resulting soft-focus pattern is still very lovely).
You can also use the shaving cream method with wooden eggs or blown eggs that you can keep for years! Just remember to seal your creations with something like polyurethane so they will look just as lovely next Easter season.
What You'll Need:
- Hard-Boiled or Blown Out Eggs
- Toothpicks or Wood Skewers
1. Prep Your Eggs
Place your eggs into a shallow container of vinegar to prepare them to take the dye. This will create the most vibrant colors. Keep the eggs in the vinegar for at least 20 minutes, but keep in mind that the longer the eggs steep, the more brittle the shell will become. Don't leave them any longer than four hours or so.
Carefully rinse the vinegar off of the eggs and pat dry before continuing.
2. Set up the Shaving Cream
In a muffin tin, fill each cavity approximately 2/3 full with shaving cream. If your pint-sized helpers add more, don't worry: It won't affect the results of the craft, it will just make things a bit messier.
Be sure to use shaving cream—not gel. No need to use the expensive stuff: We purchased the cheapest available from our local grocery store with great results.
3. Add the Color
Add a healthy drop of gel food coloring in two or three complementary colors on top of the shaving cream in each cavity. Take care when making color selections—orange and blue are pretty together, but when mixed, they make brown.
Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer to gently stir the food coloring into the cream, adding another drop of color if needed.
A gentle swirl of your skewer will give you a marbled effect on your finished eggs, and a more vigorously combined mixture will give you more color on the eggs with less white areas and less definition between colors.
Both techniques make pretty eggs, so feel free to experiment to find the results you're happiest with.
You can use liquid food coloring instead of gel if it's what you already have on hand, but your results will be a little different from ours. The thinner dye will spread considerably more in your shaving cream, giving you less definition in the colors, and won't produce as much of a marbled look.
4. Create Your Designs
Gently place your dry egg on top of the colored shaving cream in your muffin tin, trying not to allow the egg to touch the bottom of the tin.