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!
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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.
How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Crayon Shavings
- Freshly boiled eggs that have not been cooled (skip that last step for these fancy eggs!). Check out this tutorial if you want to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs!
- Crayon shavings. Pencil sharpeners produce beautiful crayon shavings!
- Parchment paper
- Tongs – ideally silicone tipped tongs.
- Optional: Easter egg dye kit
STEPS for Beautiful Crayon Shaving Eggs
- 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.
- 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.
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:
Have you ever made crayon shaving eggs?
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