Our house reeks of vinegar and boiled eggs. Which can only mean one beautiful thing …
This year, I set out to find a creative Easter egg decorating idea that was fun for me and my son. It’s not easy to find something that’s safe and entertaining for an almost-two-year-old. But these confetti eggs did the trick.
I was inspired by the silhouette eggs from Martha Stewart. But I thought it would be more fun with some bright colored confetti. Here’s how we made them.
Step One: Get Your Dye On.
I picked up six bottles of gel food coloring from Moline’s Trevor True Value. Gel food coloring is more vibrant than the liquid version you’ll find at the grocery store. You should be able to pick them up at any store that carries cake decorating supplies.
Then, I filled each of six jars with 1.5 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and .5 teaspoon of the food coloring. Henry helped me stir and the water turned beautiful shades of magenta, orange, yellow, green, turquoise and purple. We added two hard boiled eggs to each of the six colors and let the eggs sit for about 20 minutes.
I was shocked with how quickly the eggs turned bright colors. Henry loved using the tongs to get the eggs out of the jars. We left them to dry on a paper towel.
Note: Be careful when working with this food coloring. It’s quite easy to end up with brightly-colored hands. Don’t ask me how we know. It may be best to wear gloves if you are opposed to rainbow hands. And I definitely recommend using an old cookie sheet to keep the dye from destroying your countertops or table.
After the eggs were dry, Henry loved playing with them. He took them out of the carton and put them back in. Over and over. We counted, we named colors, we sang songs. This was probably his favorite part of the entire project. So, we could have stopped here. But we didn’t …
Step Two: Throw some confetti.
To make your own confetti, simply cut tissue paper into tiny bits. For older kids, I think that shaped punches could be fun, too.
I picked up a pack of brightly colored tissue paper and we only used one small strip of each color for six eggs. Henry’s just learning to use safety scissors so this was a fun project for him.
Step Three: Get sticky.
My toddler loves glue sticks, so I knew he’d love Mod Podge. I helped him spread a thin layer of Mod Podge onto an egg with a foam brush. Then, we threw a little confetti onto the egg or rolled it in the bowl. If the confetti didn’t lay flat, we smoothed it with our fingers. Henry finished it up with another thin layer of Mod Podge before allowing the egg to dry.
Step Four: Enjoy!
After a few hours, the eggs were dry to the touch. Henry wasn’t interested in them until he realized they would make a festive addition to his train table. Then, he was a confetti egg fanatic.
There’s still plenty of time to try more egg decorating ideas before April. And it’s always a fun adventure to try them with a toddler.
What’s your favorite way to decorate Easter eggs?