Now here’s a great project to do with the kids (if you have any or are able to borrow some). Paint some eggs, dye some eggs, make some baskets; real Easter spirit stuff!
But I won’t lie to you. Was it fun? Not really. Was it successful? Ah, no, not really. Did my 3 year old get totally bored approximately 45 seconds into every new task? Absolutely!
We attempted two kinds of eggs. First up: Painted Styrofoam eggs. In my mind they were going to be adorable pastel shades but before I could say anything, he had painted one green and one red. Hello Christmaseaster! I popped each egg on a toothpick so they could be painted without getting your hands dirty or smudging the paint. But despite this genius innovative idea, the paints dried really dull on the foam eggs. I could have gone over it with a shiny lacquer or PVA glue but was is it worth it? Again, not really. I had the idea to jazz them up with some silver paint. Again, in my mind we would have cute little florals or springtime patterns to go with our pastel eggs. In reality, he splashed paint on and I tried to pretend that they were love hearts. What are you gonna do?
Next up: Real dyed eggs. The vision here was galaxy eggs (say that while spreading your open palms wide). I have to disclose that piercing holes and then blowing out the innards of eggs is one of the most disgusting things you can do. I dyed the eggs in a mix of water, vinegar and blue dye, so that my galaxy would have a bluish base instead of a brown eggshell base. To get the galaxy look I filled a baking tin with whipped cream from the can and dropped in some drops of dye (I used pink, violet, black, light blue and dark blue). I swirled the dye through the cream and then rolled the eggs through. My eyes lit up and my jaw dropped. They looked amazing!! I left them to soak in the dye and cream for 10 minutes and then washed them off with cold water. To my surprise they looked so lack lustre. So I repeated the process and they looked even worse! I was not winning.
I cut my losses, made some baskets out of recycled plastic fruit containers from the supermarket and coloured paper and put them next to the Easter tree to make a cute little Easter display.
Maybe by next Easter I’ll refine my techniques and make some amazing galaxy eggs. Or maybe, I’ll never decorate an egg ever again…
Kirby in Dreamland
Materials: $2.99 for Styrofoam eggs
Extras: Eggs, food dye and paints were already here
Time: About an hour, plus some waiting/drying time
Satisfaction / Pride Level: (1/5) “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”