Easy Ideas for Easter!

Having kids is great. It gives you a legitimate reason to do all kinds of cool kid stuff without feeling guilty because you should be doing other “adulty” things instead! #parentingwin

We capitalize on that in this house, which means kid-friendly holidays get celebrated with gusto, Disney movies are watched with reverence, science experiments happen, and we live to explore!

So, let’s dye some eggs and eat stuff! Below, I’ve listed simple step-by-step instructions for hard-boiling and dyeing eggs, as well as suggestions for fun variations. You don’t need to buy a kit to do this! Just combine some food coloring with a little creativity. I also included links to some tasty Easter-themed snacks and compiled a list of awesome alternative basket goodies by age group!

Happy Easter!


Making Easter Eggs

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Photo Credit: Pixabay

What You’ll Need:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs (cooled)
  • Newspapers or Paper Towels
  • Hot Water
  • Cups (deep enough to submerge the eggs completely and enough for each color!)
  • Slotted spoon or tongs
  • White Vinegar
  • Food Coloring (20-30 drops of each color)
  • Wire Rack, for drying

How To Hard Boil Eggs

  1. Gently fill the bottom of a large pot with one layer of raw eggs
  2. Add enough water to completely cover the eggs
  3. Put the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a rolling boil
  4. Once the water reaches a boil, cover and remove the pot from heat
  5. Allow the eggs to cool down before you handle them
  6. Refrigerate the eggs before coloring

How To Dye Easter Eggs

  1. Spread out newspapers or paper towels on your work surface. Dyeing eggs is a messy business!
  2. Fill each cup with enough hot water to completely cover an egg
  3. Add one teaspoon of white vinegar to each glass. Add 20-30 drops of food coloring per cup (mix it up and get creative!)
  4. Submerge eggs in dye. The longer you leave them in, the deeper the color will be. A good starting point is 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the dyed eggs to wire racks and let them dry

Make Them Unique!

  • Use watercolors to create fun designs on your dyed eggs.
  • Use metallic markers to make polka dots or designs.
  • Use stickers to decorate dyed eggs! Or use stickers to before submerging the eggs in dye to create fun patterns.
  • Cut dots or designs out of tissue paper and adhere them to finished eggs with a glue stick.
  • Wrap eggs with string, rubber bands, or electrical tape before coloring, and remove them once the eggs are dry to create different patterns, such as plaid or stripes.
  • Use a bottle cap and tall glass to create an ombre design! Set the bottle cap upside down in a drinking glass and place the egg on it. Mix ½ cup hot water, 1 tsp vinegar, and 40 drops of food coloring in a separate container. Pour just enough dye mixture in the glass to cover the bottom quarter of the egg. Let sit for five minutes and add carefully add plain hot water, halfway up the egg. Let sit for three minutes. Carefully add plain hot water again to ¾ up and completely covered, allowing two minutes between each addition. Remove the egg with tongs and let it dry.
  • Embrace irony and make baby chick eggs! Dye eggs bright yellow, use a marker to draw on eyes and glue on a small orange triangle for the beak.
  • Bedazzle your eggs by rubbing the shell down with a glue stick and rolling the eggs in loose glitter.
  • To make tie-dyed eggs, wrap each one in a paper towel dampened with vinegar (we love Viva towels around here). Drop a few drops of different colors on the paper towel and let it sit for a few minutes before unwrapping.
  • Use different fabrics to create patterned Easter eggs! Wrap each egg in a square of cloth, twist to close and secure with a rubber band. Use the “tail” to dip your eggs in the dye, and set them on the wire rack to dry.
  • To leave colorful patterns on the egg itself, crack the shells on the counter and drop them in your color of choice. Pop the bowl into the fridge overnight, and then peel the shell off!

Easter Nibbles

 

Butterscotch Baskets

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Photo Credit: The Typical Mom

“Butterscotchies,” as they’re known in my family, usually only get made at Christmas, and I spend all year looking forward to sneaking into the fridge and peeling them off the wax paper. Shaping them into nests with M&M eggs seemed like the perfect excuse to use the recipe in the spring!

Easter Oreo Bark

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Photo Credit: lilluna.com

Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and I snack lightly on sugary things. Oreos are one of the exceptions, though.

Colorful Deviled Eggs

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Photo Credit: recipesbyphoto.com

This festive twist on traditional deviled eggs calls for coloring the whites before filling them! I’ve never tried these before, but I LOVE this idea and will be using it this year!

Bunny Tail Trail Mix

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Photo Credit: mynameissnickerdoodle.com

This is a mess-free treat that’s easy to make in big batches!


Easter Basket Goodies by Age

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Candy might be a requisite part of any Easter basket, but there’s tons of room for creativity! Reduce your teacup’s risk of cavities and use this list to include some sugar-free Easter offerings!

Babies

  • Blankets
  • Board Books
  • Onesies
  • Pacifiers
  • Rattles
  • Small Toys
  • Socks
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Teething Rings

Toddlers/Pre-Schoolers

  • Bath Toys
  • Board Books
  • Bubbles
  • Coloring Books
  • Crayons/Watercolors
  • Playdough/Silly Putty
  • Puzzles
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Sippy Cups
  • Socks
  • Stickers
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Toy Cars
  • Travel Games

Elementary

  • Balloons
  • Barbie Clothes
  • Bubbles
  • Hair Brush/Bows
  • Kites
  • Legos
  • Lip Gloss/Nail Polish
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Matchbox Cars
  • Miniature Flashlights
  • Puzzles
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Swim Goggles
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Travel Games

Pre-Teens

  • Books
  • Colored Pencils
  • Coloring Books
  • Flip-flops
  • Hats
  • Journals
  • Lip Gloss/Nail Polish
  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Movie Tickets
  • Playing Cards
  • Posters/Artwork
  • Shaving Cream/Razors
  • Snorkels
  • Sunglasses
  • Totes/Purses

Teens

  • Bath Sets
  • Books/E-Book Reader
  • Brain Games/Puzzles
  • DVD’s
  • Gift Cards
  • Keychains
  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Movie Tickets
  • Playing Cards
  • Scented Candles
  • Shower Speaker
  • Wallet/Pocketbook

Grown Ups

  • Books/E-Book Reader
  • Car Care Products
  • Desk Toys
  • Gift Cards – for dinner, movies, shopping, etc
  • Gift Certificates for Classes
  • Itty-Bitty Bottles of Booze
  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Nice Pens
  • Scented Candles
  • Self-Inking Stamps
  • Shower Speaker
  • Tea or Coffee
  • Travel Kits – first aid, auto maintenance, sewing, etc
  • Travel Mugs
  • Wine/Beer Openers

Have a blast celebrating Easter with your families! I hope you found this post helpful.

Have an addition to the gift list? Wanna share your food coloring combos or another neat way to decorate eggs? Got a favorite Easter recipe or tradition?

Leave them in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Next week’s post will cover some history of the holiday, the menu I have planned for our Easter Sunday, and some Easter egg hunt tips and tricks to reduce strife amongst your minions.

 

 

 

 

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