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Wednesday 7 April 2021

Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

One last Easter post before the season is over...

Did you dye Easter eggs this year? We usually go with the traditional dipping eggs into dye technique, but this year we decided to try something different that I had seen online. This year we colored our eggs with shaving cream!

Ok, so the shaving cream itself didn't color the eggs itself, but it did work as a handy carrier for the food coloring that we used. And it was fun to use! 

Now, I will be the first to admit that our eggs didn't come out quite as expected, but it was still such a fun activity that I wanted to share it here with you anyway. When it comes to art and creativity, sometimes the process is just as important as the outcome, and that's especially true when the process is fun! This sure was a fun, and rather messy, process! The messy processes are always the best ones, right? 

The girls had a blast decorating their eggs, and while I'm sure they would've loved to have seen the marbled patterns from the shaving cream appear exactly the same on their eggs, they were still perfectly happy with how they turned out. I've since learned a few tips and tricks that we'll try out next time, so expect to see us getting messy with shaving cream and food dye again next Easter!

Ok, let's take a look at how to make shaving cream eggs...

Here's what you'll need:
Muffin tray
Shaving cream
White eggs (hard boiled or blown egg shells if you prefer)
Food coloring
Gloves (optional)

Step 1. Fill each cup of the muffin tray with shaving cream. You only need to fill to the top of each cup. My girls went a little overboard with the shaving cream. You definitely don't need as much as they used in the pictures below! Next time we'll smooth the shaving cream with a spoon so that the surface is fairly flat. As you can see in the pictures we left it lumpy which was messier to work with.

Step 2. Squirt about six to ten drops of food coloring into each cup. You can use multiple colors or just stick to one if you prefer. I personally think they look best with two or three different colors.

Step 3. Take a toothpick and swirl the food dye across the top of the shaving cream. You want to make sure that you don't just mix the colors together. The best way to achieve a marbled pattern is to move the toothpick across the color in lines, first going up and down, and then left to right (or vice versa). The girls mostly stuck to swirling the colors in circles though.

Step 4. Now it's time to place your eggs into the shaving cream mix. Carefully place one egg on top of the shaving cream in each cup. My kids went for more of a "drop the egg in" approach, which luckily didn't result in any cracked eggs, but it did make more of a mess! Leave the eggs to soak up the color for a few minutes.

Step 5. This was the trickiest (and messiest) part for us! Carefully pick up each egg and turn it over so that the top side gets color on it too. We tried using spoons to avoid mess, but in the end it was simply easier to just use our fingers. We did end up with very colorful hands though, so you may want to use gloves for this part! Once again, leave the eggs in the shaving cream for a few minutes to soak up the color.

Step 6. Ok, so I said that the last step was the messy part, but this step is just as messy! Now we need to take the eggs out of the shaving cream and clean them off. We tried a few different techniques for this step as I had seen several DIYs online. Some people suggest rinsing them off under running water, some said to wipe them with a paper towel and others said to dip them in a bowl of water. All of these techniques were messy and they all resulted in much of the dye coming off the eggs. Running the eggs under water probably worked the best for us as it was fastest. I have since seen a few DIYs that recommend leaving the eggs to dry with the shaving cream on before wiping it off, so we'll give that technique a try next time. Either way the eggs still came out colorful, just not quite as vivid or as patterned as I had expected. 

This was a fun Easter activity even if it didn't turn out quite as we had anticipated. The girls enjoyed making them, and that's the most important part of creating, right?

Have you tried making shaving cream Easter eggs before? Do you have any other tips we should try next time? I'd love to hear so drop a comment below!

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