I opted for something right up my art teacher alley for Easter egg decorating this year and went with the tried and true magic of crayon and watercolor resist. Just as I suspected, they were a hit with my toddler!
We started with 18 hard boiled eggs, and only allowed them to cool slightly after cooking. The heat from the still freshly cooked eggs caused the crayons to melt just a bit as we drew on them. A folded up rag was a great way to hold the warms eggs in place while we drew.
Greta had plenty of help decorating her eggs while we cooked the Egg, Hash-brown, and Sausage Breakfast Casserole.
The eggs turned out beautifully. I loved how the colors swirled and mixed together. The wax crayons resist the watercolor paints to make equally interesting designs. If you want brighter colors, allow the paint to dry and then add another layer. We put them back in the fridge until the Easter bunny hid them the following morning.
WARNING: the egg whites beneath turn a funky color and I opted not to eat these. In the future I am going to do this on blown eggs and perhaps try painting with natural dyes as well. Also note that watercolor paint is not as permanent as dye and it therefore can rub off onto surfaces even when it is dry (in other words, don’t place them on white carpeting).
This is my easy as pie Easter centerpiece – fake eggs, paper carrots, my moss rock, and a pot of fresh bright green grass that I started from seed the week prior to Easter. It just brightened my table and even my mood just seeing it.