I saw this fabulous idea on Pinterest and just had to try it out with my girls, every year I make some coloured hard boiled eggs for Easter but this year I have made both my usual coloured hard boiled eggs and these fantastic looking eggs which we are calling Dinosaur eggs.
It’s such an easy Easter treat to make as you just need to hard boil your eggs and then set them aside while you get your dyed water (or ‘egg baths‘ as my youngest calls them!) bowls ready.
What you will need
- Hard boiled eggs – as many as you want
- Containers big enough to cover the egg with water
- Cold water
- Food colourings
- Paper towels
- Rubber gloves
How to make the Dinosaur eggs
It’s best to get all your things ready before you start making the Dinosaur eggs, hard boil your eggs so they are ready, set out your counter with plenty of newspaper down to catch any spills and have some paper towels ready as you will need them!
Set out as many containers as you would like different coloured eggs and fill 3/4 with cold water. Next add food colouring (I used food paste as this was all I had in the cupboards) to each container and mix thoroughly.
I found that I had big enough containers to fit two eggs in each, so I made one normal hard boiled egg (to be coloured) as I would usually and one Dinosaur egg in the one container, using the same colour.
To make the lovely looking cracked, marbled effect of the Dinosaur eggs all you need to do is take the hard boiled egg and crack it gently on the bench or counter all around the egg, and don’t worry if a little of the shell comes away it will give a great effect, just don’t loose too much.
Take a spoon and gently add your cracked egg into the coloured water (Lara loved this bit!) and then when you have added all the eggs to the different coloured water you need to leave them overnight to let them absorb the colours. They may need a top up with water once the eggs are in the containers, you just need to make sure that the eggs are totally submerged and covered with water to get the effect all over the eggs. You can add more food colouring to make the colours more intense or less if you want a subtle look.
Next morning my girls couldn’t wait to see the results and this is the fun bit of making these Dinosaur eggs, the anticipation of what they will look like is brilliant and it’s so great to find something I can get both my girls involved in.
Set out your area on the bench or counter with plenty of newspaper and paper towels at the ready and put on your rubber gloves (or you will end up with dyed hands!) Take the containers one-by-one and remove each egg individually and gently wash under the cold tap before taking off the shells. Even when you remove the shells they look so pretty, and my girls loved the ‘veiny’ look to them.
Dry gently on a paper towel and carefully remove the cracked shell to reveal the fabulous marbled effect of the Dinosaur eggs. That’s it, an easy idea to do this Easter that will be fun do together with your children and wow at the Easter table.
I think this idea would make a great addition to a Dinosaur birthday party or for Halloween as you could stick to black and red colours and make sure you add lots of dye to intensify the colours.
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