Decorate Easter Eggs the Fancy Way!

Emma finds an egg Johnny finds an egg


We enjoyed exceptionally spectacular weather for Easter yesterday, and the kids were thrilled to find their Easter eggs outside for a change. I had plans to take a cute photo of all three kids dressed up, but Johnny was set on wearing his “I’m a Big Brother” shirt and pride in big brotherhood is not something I’m about to criticize.

I’m absurdly pleased with how our Easter eggs turned out. First we melted crayon shavings on them right as they finished boiling like last year, and then we stuck them in some dye. Don’t they look spectacular?

How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Crayon Shavings

Make crayon shavings – either by grating them or slicing them off with a knife (my preferred method), and gently roll the eggs with them using forks or spoons while the eggs are still hot from being boiled. The trick to getting the crayon shavings to look pretty is to keep the shavings large and not to add to many of them.

eggs decorated with melted crayon and then dye
Once the eggs have cooled a bit, you can dye them, either using one of the kits you find in stores or in a food coloring and vinegar solution. You will need 1 teaspoon of vinegar for each 1/2 cup boiling water. This gel squeeze bottle food coloring set (affiliate link) will create some stunning colors, and will require fewer drops than the standard liquid drops that are traditionally used.

What is your favorite way of decorating Easter eggs?


  1. Sadia says

    Those eggs are gorgeous! Our Children’s Museum blog suggested wrapping tape around eggs pre-dip to get spiral stripes. We’ll try that next year. It’s lovely that Johnny wanted to proclaim big brotherhood! Too cute!

    I always thought all the gimmicky twin Tshirt pairs were too much, but Jess and Mel enjoy proclaiming their twinship so much I may have to get them some.

    Happy Easter!
    .-= Sadia´s last blog ..A truly happy Easter =-.

  2. says

    It’s great that you had a wonderful weather for Easter. I wish we could say the same here, but it was a perfect winter day in Silicon Valley – cold and rainy. The pictures are beautiful, and the eggs turned out very colorful.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Toys My Child Is Really Playing With – Playmobil =-.

  3. says

    MaryAnne, you are the egg trendsetter! These are gorgeous!! :)

    I was so ready to use the crayon shavings this year but was in autopilot getting the eggs cooled down after boiling them then OH NO! Ah well, there’s always next year. At least we found that brown eggs do hold food colour dyes well.
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..happy Easter =-.

  4. says

    We tried this yesterday and the kids adored it – although I think we went a little overboard with the crayon shavings. Less is more in this case! Finally a decorating technique that looks lovely on brown eggs.

  5. says

    Thanks for this idea! I found your post from Mud Hut Mama’s blog. I’ve been looking for ways to decorate brown-shelled eggs for Easter because that’s all I sell from our direct-market farm. This is a fabulous way to decorate eggs that simply don’t fit the conventional system. Not sure how your trackbacks work but I’d love to add my blog post there too.

    Also, I love your photos. Very artistic and well done!


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