Easter is right around the corner, and one of our favorite traditions is dyeing eggs. My kids love it. Me… not so much. The dyeing the eggs part and being creative is my favorite, but it is all the prep of boiling the eggs and the mess we make… then it seems like the eggs just sit in the fridge and start stinking! Well, this year I decided to try something new. Blowing out the eggs first and then dyeing them. It was really cool! Since I knew they would last longer, I decided to make some Easter Egg creatures, inspired by my kids’ favorite Disney movies.
I was inspired to make these egg creatures by an idea I saw here, I just loved how the eggs looked stacked on top of each other. Like an Easter Egg totem pole! I asked my kids which Disney characters they wanted me to create, and they wanted Baymax from BigHero 6 and Mike and Celia from Monsters, Inc. I was excited to give it a try! First, I had to blow out the eggs.
There are a ton of YouTube videos that show the process, but basically you will use a skewer to make a hole in one end of the egg, then make another slightly larger hole on the opposite side. Use the skewer to break up the egg yolk a little before you blow it out. Once you get the hang of it, it really is simple and I finished a dozen eggs in about 15-20 minutes. You can dye your eggs right away and they will last forever now!
PAAS has the best Easter Egg dyeing kits and biggest selection you will find. There are so many cool kits, it is hard to choose just one! For my creatures, I picked the PAAS Neon kit because I wanted brighter colors for Mike and Celia. I love the easy step-by-step instructions on the back of the kit. You’ll just need a few supplies because everything else comes in the kit!
Pick out your dye color tablet and set it inside the cup, then add 1 TBSP of vinegar and let the tablet dissolve completely. Once it’s dissolved, add 1/2 cup of water and then submerge your egg:
The hollow eggs will float so you’ll need to push it down with the egg dipper or spoon to get good coverage. The longer you leave it in the dye, the more intense color you’ll get. That is one reason I loved this Neon kit… the colors seemed so bright and vibrant right away. I used the green, blue and purple dye colors. Another cool thing that came in this kit was a little packet of green glitter. Perfect for Celia’s dress!
An easy way to add detail is to print out a picture of the character and cut out certain features, then glue or decoupage them to the surface of the egg. This is what I did for Mike and Celia’s monster eyes. I also added a few details with playdough (horns and hair), pom poms, pipe cleaners, and a black sharpie. I am super happy with how they turned out!
What do you think?? I love them! They were really easy to assemble too. All you will need is some bamboo skewers (mine were 9″ long) and styrofoam (I used 2″ circles and cut them in half.)
Use the styrofoam as the base of your creature, and stick the skewer in first. Then add the eggs one at a time, using the same holes already made when you blew the eggs out. You may have to wiggle them a little, or make the holes bigger. Just be careful because the hollow eggs will crack easily if too much pressure is applied. When I made Baymax, it was really easy to assemble because his body was a large egg made of styrofoam! Here’s how I did it:
I insterted the skewer into the large styrofoam egg that is Baymax’s body, leaving just enough room to add his egg head. then I added two small styrofoam circles to the base with toothpicks to make his legs. This also created a sturdy base. For the arms, I stuck toothpicks out of the side of the styrofoam and placed the eggs on the toothpicks through the holes already there. I added a little hot glue to secure them. Last, I added his head on top.
I painted his face detail with black acrylic paint and the end of the skewer. A black Sharpie would also work well!
Didn’t he turn out cute? I love these egg creatures. I want to make more now!
This has definitely changed my outlook on dyeing eggs and I can’t wait to experiment with more blown out eggs and my PAAS Easter Egg kits. Make sure to like PAAS on Facebook for details about their Ultimate Egg Off Easter Egg Contest, starting March 18. You could win $1,000!!
What is your favorite way to decorate eggs?