Egg-citing Experiments

This is the week for decorating eggs & it’s on many ‘to-do’ lists for spring break.  Decorating eggs is messy business, but it’s worth every dip, twist & turn.  We have experimented with many ways to decorate eggs, but marbleizing them with all edible products is one of our favorites.

whipped cream and gel food coloringMarbled Easter Eggs

 

marbleizing easter eggsEgg-citing Experiments

Supplies Needed:

Whipped topping

Gel food dyes

Hard-boiled eggs

Drying rack

Paper towels

Place 4 oz. of processed whipped topping into a disposable container like a tin pan or line a baking sheet with foil.  Add two different gel food colorings into the whipped topping with a butter knife and gently swirl them through out the whipped topping, but don’t mix it so that it was one solid color.  Then roll the eggs in the mixture and let them set for about an hour on a drying rack in the refridgerator and then wipe away the excess whipped topping & gently rinse the eggs.

Note:  Many people have used the liquid food coloring for this process, but when you wipe it away the color is very faint.  However, we experimented with using the gel food coloring, which improved the vibrancy of this project.  We were all fascinated with the results.

Two additional Egg Experimentations:

I’ve seen a lot of glitter used in decorating Easter Eggs.  However, we actually eat our hard-boiled eggs afterwards & I’m not interested in the craft glitter.  So, to create our Sparkly Eggs, we used edible glitter.

Edible food glittersparkly eggs

It was very simple!  We used the egg dying process on the side of the McCormmick food coloring set, which is what I grew up using.  After rolling the eggs in your desired colors, simply roll them in the edible glitter while they are still wet so that the glitter adheres to the outer layer of the egg.  Where do you find edible glitter?  Typically it’s located in the cake decorating aisle at your local craft store.

Lastly, we created Speckled Eggs, which was my youngest’s favorite egg experiment.

speckled easter egg processoil, vinegar, water & liquid food coloringSpeckled Easter Eggs

We used the egg dying process on the side of the McCormmick food coloring set and created two different colors.  We colored the base a solid color & then added 1 tablespoon of oil to the other color and drizzled it on top of the egg, dried if off with a paper towel & voila!

 

 

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