Looking for a new way to decorate those Easter eggs? Want something unique and with vivid color? This week we had fun decorating eggs with melted crayon!
Want to create your own melted crayon Easter eggs?
While your eggs are boiling, use a cheese grater to carefully grate the colors of crayon you wish to use. This is a great use for those old, broken crayons! I used the smallest sized holes on my grater, but larger pieces would work, too.
Once your eggs are cooked, and while they are still hot, place them on a paper towel and sprinkle your crayon shavings over the eggs. The wax pieces will start to melt almost immediately! (Kids will love watching this happen!)
You can get almost the entire egg covered this way. If you really want to get the bottom of the egg, you can nudge it onto some of the shavings that fall onto the paper towel. (The eggs will be super hot, so be careful!)
Let your eggs cool completely. To cool the wax even faster, we put ours in the refrigerator.
The eggs have a vivid, colorful tie-dye look to them when finished.
If you want to go a step further, you can then dye your Easter eggs. We placed ours into small cups of water and food coloring.
The wax from the crayons leaves a white border between the crayon colors and the dye. So fun!
Tips for better melted crayon decorated eggs:
- We found that Crayola crayons worked best when dyeing the eggs afterwards. Lower quality crayons (like ones we’ve gotten from restaurants) cover the egg with more of that colorless wax so the dye doesn’t stick to the egg.
- Keep the colors of your crayon shavings separated when sprinkling them on the eggs. The first time we did this we had quite a few eggs with brown/black streaks instead of the pretty colors we really wanted.
- Don’t try to melt the wax with a hair dryer… Let’s just say I have lots of rainbow wax pieces all over the kitchen right now…
- To easily remove the crayon from the cheese grater, I used a small lighter and heated the wax up for a few seconds. It wiped right off with a paper towel afterwards.
Have you seen our crayon-resist egg hunt for toddlers/preschoolers?