April 18, 2011

More Easter Eggs...the Plastic Variety

In past years, we've never skipped the egg-dyeing, a tradition passed on from my family.  Just the kids, the good old fashioned  Paas dyeing kit from the market, and lots of anxiety and fear--while outwardly trying to appear calm and delighted. 

With three egg-allergic children, I finally decided that we would all have more fun trying our hand at decorating the plastic ones than the real deal.  Michelle T. provided the inspiration with her glitter eggs, and I went to Walgreens and bought my 150 pack of eggs for $5.00 and let the kids go crazy. 

The craft store sold these stickers in a roll, to be cut apart, or wrapped around the center intact.

Two-year-old's version of Faberge eggs

The paper mache was too hard for the kids, but may be okay for a very patient 8-year-old or older.  Just cut up some scrapbooking, tissue or other fairly thin paper into small squares, and paint a mod podge mixture (add 3:1 m.p:water) on surface of egg and again on top of paper.  Let it dry.
They had fun decorating the eggs (and so did I!), although for two-year-old Addi (sorry, she would like to be called Addison now) doing anything more than sticking things on was too frustrating.

Who knew how inspirational googly eyes were?

If you've got the paper mache stuff out, make a big egg shell bowl using a balloon for shaping.  Let it dry (make take a few days) and cut through to make the cracked egg effect.  Tristan had fun doing this one.

Happy no-dye non-egg Easter egg dyeing, everyone!


  1. looks like lots of fun! impressed you tackled paper mache..messy!

    1. A new product on the market developed specifically for kids with egg allergies is Eggnots.

      Easter With Egg Allergies: The Eggnots Story

      Several years ago, my niece was diagnosed with food allergies, with eggs among the list of items she is highly allergic to. Her parents quickly learned how to read ingredients on food labels to identify foods safe for her to eat or even touch. This education is an ongoing process for our entire family.
      I've always enjoyed gathering with my seven nieces and nephews for seasonal activities and holiday celebrations. For years, one thing we could never do was dye Easter eggs. My heart broke to hear that while her classmates in school, church and scouts were coloring eggs, my niece was separated from the other children and the activity.
      I researched for other options, but found there was no allergy-free product on the market that could serve as an Easter egg alternative.
      Thus, Eggnots was born! I created a dyeable ceramic product that allows my niece and her little sister to have the experience of coloring Easter Eggs. Watching these two children enjoy coloring Eggnots was, and continues to be, an emotional experience.
      It is my hope that other families will be able to enjoy this same experience.