One of our favorite activities to do around Easter is dying eggs. Since at least the 13th century, decorated Easter eggs has been associated with Easter. Back in the day, Christians weren’t allowed to eat eggs during the Lenten season.
Kind of like how Catholics give something up now for Lent. Except they didn’t have quite the same options (like television) that we do today.
When it was Easter time, eggs were decorated to celebrate their return to the dinner table.
Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of eating hard boiled eggs. I will occasionally enjoy them sliced on a top of a salad, but otherwise, I stay away from them when they’re on the menu.
But I do enjoy decorating them for Easter. After years of experimenting with Easter egg dye kits, glittering eggs and mixing natural dyes, making shaving cream dyed eggs is one of my favorite techniques to dye Easter eggs. I love the marbled color look and it’s really easy to get great results.
Now before you get too far into this project, I must preface that you CAN’T eat the shaving cream dyed eggs. These eggs are for decoration only. I repeat decoration. Once the shaving cream has touched the beautiful egg shells, the eggs are no longer safe for our consumption.
Since I don’t eat hard boiled eggs any way, I am okay with this.
If you are a fan of eating the Easter eggs that you decorate, you can try this same technique with whipped cream. More on making whipped cream Easter eggs here.
My favorite part about making shaving cream dyed eggs is swirling the eggs in the shaving cream. I love rubbing the soft, colorful mixture all over them. It’s almost like giving the eggs their own personal massage.
The end results are pretty cool too. The colors marble the eggs and make a beautiful design. You can add your shaving cream dyed eggs to an egg basket, fill a vase, display in a decorative egg holder (affiliate link) or even place on your Easter dinner table.
You Will Need:
Eggs (up to one dozen hardboiled eggs – cooled)
Shaving Cream (budget hint – I got mine from the Dollar Store)
Neon Food Gels (affiliate link) – You can use regular food coloring, but the colors are not as vibrant.
Paper Straw or Bamboo Skewer
9″ x 12″ Baking Dish (affiliate link)
1. Make your hard boiled eggs. Soak in vinegar for up to 20 minutes before using (if desired – see note below).
2. Prepare your shaving cream dying station. Squirt shaving cream into a baking dish. Spread the shaving cream in the dish, so it’s about an inch thick.
3. Add drops of different food coloring. You can separate the shaving cream into two different color schemes or combine multiple colors throughout the dish. Keep in mind the colors that you put next to each other. They will mix. So if you place pink and blue together, you can turn your eggs a beautiful purple.
4. Using a paper straw or bamboo skewer, swirl the food coloring drops back and forth. This will create a marbling effect with the colors.
5. Carefully place an egg in the shaving cream mixture.
Wearing gloves (if desired), roll the egg back and forth covering with shaving cream. As you can see, I chose not to wear gloves. And my hands were quite colorful for the next few days.
6. Place the shaving cream covered eggs on a plate. Let dry for 20 to 30 minutes to let the color set.
7. After the color is set, rinse the eggs with water.
Pat dry and display.
How to Keep from Getting Too Messy
If you’ve been around here for awhile now, you know that mess doesn’t really bother me. But there are some projects that can seem to get almost too messy.
I did just write that.
We always dye our Easter eggs on Good Friday since everyone is on holiday. The first time we tried making shaving cream Easter eggs, I didn’t wear disposable gloves. I ended up dying not only the Easter eggs, but my hands. They were covered in an assortment of vibrant pinks, purples and teals. And it wouldn’t come out. No matter what I did. Not the best impression for Easter Sunday mass.
If you don’t want to end up with your hands looking like an Easter egg, it’s best to wear disposable gloves (affiliate link) when rolling the eggs in the shaving cream.
I will admit, though, that I didn’t wear them when making the shaving cream Easter eggs this time. And my fingers looked quite pretty as purple and turquoise for the next couple of days.
Not only can the food coloring dye your fingers, but it can also stain your clothes. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t really care about. You can also put on a smock or apron.
Do I have to Soak the Eggs in Vinegar First?
Egg shell is made of calcium. So when you soak the eggs in vinegar, it creates a chemical reaction with the vinegar and helps the egg’s shell absorb color better.
Is this step absolutely necessary? I have made shaving cream dyed Easter eggs both ways. I found that the color does adhere (and stay on) better with the vinegar soaking. It seems to affect how vibrant the final colors are.
How can I Hard Boil the Eggs without Cracking Them?
This may sound easier said than done, but making hard boiled eggs is pretty simple. Place the eggs in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil. Cover and let boil for however long you would like your eggs cooked.
Since you aren’t eating these, the consistency of the yolk probably doesn’t matter. You can boil them any where between 4 and 12 minutes. I decided on 8 minutes as a good average. Just keep in mind that the longer you boil them for, the greater chance of the shell cracking.
After the eggs have finished boiling, place them in an ice water bath (a bowl filled with ice cubes and water) to stop the cooking process. Let cool. You can make the hard boiled eggs up to a day in advance.
What Kind of Food Coloring Do I Need to Use?
One of the things that determines the vibrancy of your colors when dying Easter eggs is the type of food coloring that you use. I have made these shaving cream dyed Easter eggs with both traditional food coloring and food coloring gel.
Food coloring gel is definitely more vibrant – even when dying frosting. I used these neon food coloring gels (affiliate link). For Easter egg dying, the color results are much brighter. When I used the traditional food coloring, the colors were a bit more washed out.
It’s also important that you add quite a bit of food coloring to the shaving cream. You will need a number of drops spread throughout the mixture to get vibrant colors on your eggs.
When choosing the colors to add, you can stick to one color scheme or mix lots together. I have even seen eggs dyed in purples and blues to make galaxy eggs.
Experiment. You will be impressed by all of the different and colorful results you can get.
Is this Egg Dying Method Good for Kids?
The first time we made shaving cream Easter eggs, the kids were pretty little. Although we had a lot of fun making them, I found it was a little stressful making sure they didn’t eat the shaving cream.
Now that they are older, making shaving cream eggs has become one of their favorite egg dying methods. But they remember not to lick their fingers more easily.
If you have little kids, it might be better to try these whipped cream Easter eggs instead. Although you might not love the idea of them licking whipped cream and food coloring off of their fingers, at least it’s safe to do.
Can I Eat these Shaving Cream Eggs after I Make Them?
As mentioned at the beginning, shaving cream Easter eggs are for display only. The shaving cream is an unnatural substance that should never be consumed. Once it is on the egg shell, it can seep into the egg and make it unsafe to eat.
If you would like to use this Easter egg dying technique on eggs that you can eat, try this whipped cream Easter egg dying method.
There are lots of fun ways to dye Easter eggs. What’s your favorite? Share you favorite Easter egg dying method below. We’d love to hear some other ways to create beautifully decorated eggs.
Not quite ready to dye Easter eggs this season? Be sure to pin this post for later.
And if you’re looking for more Easter fun, check out the assortment of free Easter printables on the blog. You can find Easter eggs to color, tags to add to your teacher gifts and adorable little bunnies to hop around your Easter dessert table. So much fun to celebrate this joyous season!