Ok, so we are rounding the corner heading into the Easter weekend. We try different things each year to decorate our eggs. The simplest being, letting the kids just color them with crayons. Well this year, we did an Easter egg coloring with crayons again! But this time we marbled our eggs with broken and left over crayons! We keep the broken crayons in a bucket for fun projects – like remelting and making different shaped mixed color crayons and such!
So I grabbed a handful of the crayons for this project too! You probably have everything already for this Easter egg project with out having to leave the house!
What you will need:
- Eggs and their cartons (we started with 36, but after breaking and eating, ended up with about 32 )
- Non-Toxic Crayons
- Wax Paper
- Glass Jar
- Ice Cold Water
- Really Hot Water
How to Marble Eggs with Crayons!
First things first, we need hard boiled eggs! The trick that we have done for a few years now is actually credited to Rachael Ray! She taught us how to make the perfect hard boiled egg!
- Place eggs on the bottom of the pot to cover the bottom, without stacking any eggs.
- Fill with cold water.
- Place on stove and turn it on!
- Bring it to a boil
- Once boiling, boil for 1 minute more
- Turn the stove off and put a lid on the pot for 10 minutes
- Then submerse the eggs in “ice” cold water. I actually add ice to the water
- Let them set for several minutes to cool down, also by submersing them in ice cold water immedietly after boiling makes them easier to peel!
- Then you must sacrifice and egg and test to see if it is done! Then eat it of course!!
All right, now you are ready to decorate and create marble eggs!
- Make sure all paper wrappers are off of the crayons you want to use
- Then grate the crayons over the wax paper
- Boil about 2 cups of hot water in the microwave in a microwave safe container
- Pour the water into the jar
- Add the colors of grated crayons to the water and stir
- Using the tongs, immerse each egg into the melted crayon mixture
- Pull them out and look at those pretty marbled eggs – listen to the kids squeal with excitement!
- Place them in the cartons to dry!
A few tips:
- Try a few different jars with a few separate colors. Ours ended up dark browns, nearly black and dark green as the we mixed all of the colors. Still really pretty though:)
- It can be quite messy when you are melting colored wax, so cover your table with newspapers or paper table cover to just throw away.
- If you are coloring many eggs, you may need to replace the water after about 4 minutes as it cools enough to not melt the crayon shavings as well.
That is a fun, thrifty, easy and unique way to decorate your eggs this year! Please share any ideas that you have!! We love to hear them!
Now wondering what to do with all of those hard boiled eggs? We will share a few ideas soon and 2 of my favorite recipes!
Happy Easter Egg Decorating!