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Crayon Shaving Eggs

Crayon shaving eggs are easy to make and visually stunning works of Easter art. Learn how to make them – for yourself, or with the kids. You’ll also love these plastic easter eggs turned bunnies!

Crayon shaving eggs are easy to make and visually stunning works of Easter art. Learn how to make them - for yourself, or with the kids. #eastereggs #kidsactivities #easterart

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The Easter Egg by Jan Brett is a great picture book to read alongside this activity. This cute book features all sorts of fun ways to make fancy Easter eggs, although this particular method is not included.

I’m absurdly pleased with how our Easter eggs turn out when we use this method, and I think we’ll probably do it again this year.

Johnny finds an crayon shaving decorated egg

How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Crayon Shavings


visually stunning crayon shaving eggs

STEPS for Beautiful Crayon Shaving Eggs

  1. Lay a selection of crayon shavings out on your parchment paper. Lay out a second sheet of parchment paper that can hold your eggs as they cool.
  2. Use the tongs to pick up and then carefully roll the eggs across the crayon shavings, one at a time. Place the eggs on the second sheet of parchment paper to cool.

And that’s it! 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 Easter egg coloring 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 water to set the dye. This gel squeeze bottle food coloring set creates stunning colors, and requires fewer drops than the standard liquid drops that are traditionally used.

More Fun Ways to Make Beautiful Easter Eggs

Keep learning through play with these fun egg-themed activities for kids:

Fun Easter Egg Ideas

Have you ever made crayon shaving eggs?

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

35 thoughts on “Crayon Shaving Eggs”

  1. Super fun and easy to do. It’s been on my to try list for years, this and the shaving cream method, but I always end up defaulting to using the egg dyeing kits I used as a kid.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. They do look spectacular! Our Easter weekend was pretty hot, but we were happy it didn’t rain!
    .-= Tracye´s last blog ..Happy Birthday, Christian!!! =-.

  5. Yes, your eggs look fabulous! Out of all the eggs I’ve seen this year around, yours are my fave by far–LOVE them!!
    .-= Susana´s last blog ..Easter Day Fun & Happy Birthday Dad! =-.

  6. Elisa | blissfulE

    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 =-.

  7. 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 =-.

  8. 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 =-.

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