Like most children, my daughters love Easter egg hunts. Every spring, I pull out our collection of plastic eggs and they end up scattered all over the house for several weeks. They're fun to fill, fun to open and close, and fun to search for. This year I wanted to up our Easter egg game, so we made these pretty pastel Dyed Wooden Easter Eggs. While I'm not sure I could stand the cheap plastic eggs being all over the house year-round, I'd be happy to have these beautiful wooden eggs as part of the girls' pretend play any time. They're SO pretty, so nice to hold, and so NOT PLASTIC!
Here's how to make your own.
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Start with some unfinished wooden eggs. I found ours at Michael's craft store (the larger size included this cute wooden egg crate), but here are some large eggs and small eggs available online. You will also need some vinegar, along with liquid watercolors or food coloring. We started with liquid watercolors only, but ended up adding food coloring to make our colors brighter.
Get set up to dye! The process is very similar to dying real eggs! Find some cups or glasses that will hold all your eggs. Add equal parts water and vinegar. We used 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup vinegar. Add liquid watercolors and/or food coloring.
Drop your eggs in. They'll want to float to the top!
Stir the eggs around and make sure all the sides get coated.
Let them sit for about 20-30 minutes to get good and saturated. Stir them occasionally. Add more food coloring to strengthen the color, if necessary. I don't think any amount of dye will make these super bright, so settle for pretty pastels.
Remove the eggs and place them on a wire drying rack (with a towel underneath) to dry.
As soon as they were dry, my daughters snatched them from the drying rack and took them upstairs to set up a grocery store with them.
A little while later, I found the girls playing farm, where they were harvesting eggs from their stuffed animals. We don't have any stuffed chickens, so they pretended that their bears and puppies were laying eggs instead!
And, of course, they have hidden the eggs over and over again for classic Easter egg hunts.
As for me, I can't get enough of their pastel prettiness, and I'm glad to have a much nicer alternative to the cheap plastic eggs this year!
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