Spring has officially arrived and Easter is upon us, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to dye some eggs. If your family is anything like mine, you probably grew up with Pal’s Egg Dye Tablets, or something of the chemically, vinegar soluble variety. By no means do I intend to knock this method, because it’s truly a classic; however, there are plenty of other options. One of my current favorites: swirled, galaxy style eggs. These are so simple and fun, and require minimal supplies.
What you’ll need:
- Baking sheet
- Shaving cream
- Food dye (preferably neon)
- Chopsticks, toothpicks, etc.
- Rubber gloves
- Hardboiled eggs (white)
Step 1: Put a thin layer (about 1-inch) of shaving cream on your baking sheet. Make sure it’s even and smooth.
Step 2: Strategically drop a good amount of food dye drops (2 or 3 colors!) onto the shaving cream, and then use your chopstick or toothpick to swirl the colors together.
Step 3: Put on your gloves, we’re about to get messy! Grab an egg, and gently roll it through your swirled shaving cream designs, and then set it aside to set. Repeat for as many eggs as you would like in your Easter galaxy.
Step 4: After your eggs have dried for about 10-15 minutes, use a paper towel to remove excess shaving cream from the egg, then set it aside to dry a bit more. Optional: you can rinse the eggs for a slightly less bold look. The dye will stay, but will be more pastel than neon.
That’s all there is to it! If you’re more of a visual learner, you can watch my recent segment from CT Style to see how this comes together. Some people may be concerned about chemicals/toxicity when using shaving cream for the eggs; Cool Whip serves as another option that will work exactly the same. Be warned, though: Cool Whip will be much sticker than shaving cream!