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Easter Egg Tradition
Every year my kids can't wait to decorate Easter Eggs and this year is no exception, however when I came across a package of 'Decorative Easter Eggs', that were supposedly dyeable, I felt I had to give them a go! I got them at Michael's Craft store, however they are also available on Amazon as well.
Pros of using Plastic Easter eggs
There are actually many pros of using plastic Easter eggs. More pros than cons. Here is what we thought of them.
Able to display
I was thinking how nice it would be to show off the kid's eggs on the fireplace mantle. As every year we spend a ton of time dyeing them, then stick them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. We only then see glimpses of them when the container is opened.
No cooking necessary
No cooking necessary. No waiting for the eggs to cook and cool. I also wouldn't have to deal with cranky children, upset when they dropped or cracked their eggs.
And no more smelly eggs! Why do hard-boiled eggs seem to stink up the whole refrigerator, the kitchen and then-some. Pass the plastic eggs over, this will be a great idea this year!
Cons of Dyeable Plastic Eggs
And it was. The kids loved it although we did run into a couple of problems.
The eggs are lightweight and apparently hollow, so they float which makes it a challenge when one is trying to dye them. The kids had to dip their fingers into the dye to hold the eggs down. This made messy hands and a mess of a table every time they took their fingers out of the cup. They were wiping their hands on the table, their clothes and drips everywhere. Thank goodness for plastic tablecloths for easier clean up!
Color is not vibrant
Another issue we ran into was the eggs just wouldn't pick up the colors except for pink. Which for my two boys, this was not their first color choice. Other colors came out light but certainly not as successful as the color pink.
Regardless, it was really the process and not the end result for my kids. Both of them were able to participate in the annual event of dyeing Easter eggs and that's what we did even though they weren't spectacular looking.
But to be honest, I missed the vibrant color Easter eggs we normally get. I love the whole tradition of cooking them to decorating. Using dyeable plastic eggs makes the process of coloring eggs not as exciting, in my opinion.
If you have little ones and just want to go through just the process of coloring eggs, then pick up the plastic Easter eggs for a fun craft.
But if you have tweens or teens, teach them how to cook a hard-boiled egg. Show them each step and let them help.
Look up other ways to decorate Easter eggs. Use the EggMazing egg kit, to make amazing striped eggs. Explore it all with your kids! Things like this are the memories your kids will remember and pass down to their own kids. SaveSaveSaveSave
Good to know that the fake eggs aren't as good as the real thing. I've never dyed eggs with my kids. I was always afraid of the mess. I'm just going to have to overlook this next year :). Love the stickers on your eggs :).
Thanks for the review, I'm going to stick with doing it the old fashioned way!
I never knew they had some like this. But at least you gave it a try. They came out cute anyway!
Wow! I had no idea you could dye plastic eggs!
Thanks for sharing your experience on this!
Diane @ Vintage Zest
The upside is that these can be used next year too! I also wonder if re-dying them would have helped them get darker. Either way, adorable!
I picked these up on clearance after Easter this year. The Packaging does say that liquid dyes are best for "bright eggs" & if using dye tablets to use only vinegar/don't mix with water as the directions say for dye tablets on edible eggs. Did you use liquid dye or tablet dyes? My son likes to play Easter Egg Hunt, he hides the eggs, we find them, endless fun for a 4 year old. Real eggs are not a good option for this fun game... Thanks for the tip about them floating, mine turned out nicely pastel, pink was the best color still but blue, green & yellow came out nicely too. I used double the drops of liquid dye & let each egg sit about 10 minutes weighted down in the dye. (for example: Mix 20 drops blue dye, 1 tsp vinegar & 1/2 cup of hot water) I also tried one with just hot vinegar & die and it puckers up the surface of the egg, looks cool but probably not good for the plastic egg, not sure if it was the heat, the vinegar or both. I enjoyed dying them, but it might be boring have to wait so long for the kids.
Hi Danielle, Thanks for the comment and happy to hear you enjoyed dyeing the eggs! I could see my 3.5 year old guy enjoying that game forever as well! We used the little tablet dyes but when they were taking a long time to dissolve and show the color, I then added in some liquid as well. My kids enjoyed it as well and honestly probably didn't realize there was any difference (like I did). 🙂