Egg-cellent: Fun (and Sometimes Messy) Ways to Dye Easter Eggs


There’s something about dying Easter eggs that brings all the childhood memories flooding back. Anything you’re allowed to do only once a year just feels more exhilarating – especially when there is a potential mess involved. As a kid, I enjoyed the classic method of egg dying – suspending an egg in a cup of dye until your egg reaches your desired color – but over the years we have discovered some more interactive ways to dye our eggs. My toddler can’t focus long enough to hold an egg still, and if I’m being honest I don’t want him anywhere near cups of dye… Here are a couple of fun methods we have used to dye Easter eggs at our house. These are super entertaining for all ages and lead to beautiful results!

Fizzy Eggs

What You’ll Need:

    • Hard-boiled eggs
    • Pan/baking dish/small tub
    • Food coloring (recommend liquid over gel)
    • Baking soda
    • Water
    • Vinegar
    • Paintbrushes
    • Cups
    • Something to squirt or pour vinegar (we keep these cheap peri bottles around the house to use for projects like this!)

How To:

  1. Create thick paste by mixing baking soda + water in small cup ( I recommend around 2 parts baking soda to 1 part water, but you can add more baking soda or water to reach your desired consistency)
  2. “Paint” hardboiled eggs with baking soda paste using a paint brush.
  3. Decorate eggs with drops of food coloring. Use a variety of colors for a more fun result – neon food coloring works great here, but any kind will do.
  4. Squirt or pour vinegar over the top and watch them fizz!
  5. Optional: My kids wanted to keep playing so after the fizzing stopped, we plopped more baking soda paste on top of our eggs and added more vinegar to watch them fizz again.
  6. Once fizzing has stopped, remove eggs, dry with a paper towel, and return to the carton for later use (or if you are my toddler, smash them all over the table…)

Shaving Cream Eggs

What You’ll Need:

    • Hard-boiled eggs 
    • Shaving cream (I’ve seen recommendations to use whipped cream instead if you plan to eat the eggs after dying)
    • Food coloring
    • Toothpicks (can use something like a popsicle stick or butter knife here as well)
    • Spatula
    • Baking sheet

How To:

(For best results consider soaking hard-boiled eggs in vinegar 10-15 min prior to dying, but this is not completely necessary)

  1. Cover the baking sheet completely with shaving cream.
  2. Scatter drops of food coloring across the shaving cream-covered pan.
  3. Use toothpick or other utensil to swirl dye throughout cream.
  4. Place eggs around pan.
  5. Use a spatula to completely cover the egg with dyed cream.
  6. Allow eggs to sit, covered, for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Wipe off excess shaving cream with paper towel or rag and voila!

Hope these fun ways to dye Easter eggs bring as much joy to your home as they have to ours! Happy Easter!