Is it even Easter if you’ve not decorated an egg of some sort? Alright I personally don’t do it so much now, but I know as a kid it is all part of the build up to the day the rabbit pays a visit. As an adult, there are a variety of ways you can decorate your eggs successfully without too much drama. Toddlers however? Hmm. Not so much. The best way to let them decorate eggs in my opinion is to let them get as messy as possible. Hence, we have our comprehensive guide to shaving foam Easter egg decorating.
I know what you’re thinking. Shaving foam and toddlers is a recipe for disaster and yes, you’re probably right. However, when supervised, this is an excellent way to get your little ones introduced to egg decorating. It’s also just a really fun, sensory play activity for them too. There is not a child on the planet who doesn’t like messing around with shaving foam. That, my friends, is a fact.
The best part about this, is that all of the stuff you need for your egg decorating is what you likely have lying around the house. If you find you don’t have the stuff though, it is incredibly cheap. Save even more money by looking out for eggs that are near their sell-by date and have been reduced for a quick sale. You’re not going to eat these ones, so the use by date is totally irrelevant.
So what do you need to make these marbled eggs?
- Eggs. All of the eggs.
- Food colouring – as many colours as you see fit.
- Shaving cream. Obviously.
- (Quite a lot of) Vinegar.
- A couple of bamboo skewers.
- A flat, shallow roasting dish.
- Paper towels, or a few old cloth towels will work too.
Prepare your eggs.
Firstly, it goes without saying that your eggs need to be hard boiled. Rock solid. No matter how gentle you tell your little ones to be, you will end up with a few of them being dropped. Once your eggs are boiled, you will need to soak them in vinegar. Yep. Just vinegar. It stinks and I’m really sorry, but it will strip the egg of its outer layer and make it more porous for the food colouring.
Prepare your shaving foam.
Whilst your eggs are soaking in their lovely vinegar bath, fill your roasting dish with shaving foam. Cover all of it with a layer of foam about an inch thick. Then, carefully dot around the food colouring in any combination you like. Don’t worry about being too precise, but try not to use a full bottle of it in one place. Once you’re happy with the placement of your colours, use a bamboo skewer or two to swish it all around to “marble” the colours.
Now, for the fun bit.
Time to get your hands dirty. If you want to use rubber gloves feel free, but I am not dextrous enough for that. If your kids are “helping” I would think about getting them into their grubby gear for this.
Once your eggs have had fifteen minutes or so in the vinegar, you’ll notice that you can rub off the outer layer to leave a sandy, light creamy coloured shell. Use one of your old towels to dry it off completely and then roll it around in your colourful foam. Try to cover the entire egg with colour.
Once you’re happy, place the eggs down on some kitchen roll. Don’t remove any of the shaving foam and just let them sit until they’re dry. Preferably overnight to really let the colour sink into the shell. I really am sorry about that lingering vinegar smell.
(PS – If you’ve got spare eggs, leave one in there overnight and blow their mind with a shell-less egg the next morning!)
Once your eggs are totally dry, gently dip them in a bowl of water to get rid of any excess shaving foam. Pat them dry with some kitchen roll or a dry, clean tea towel. Try not to rub them, because you’ll smudge the colours.
And there you go. Beautiful shaving foam Easter egg decorating that literally anyone can have a go at. They look really pretty on display throughout the Easter period and are a fun, unusual way to spend an evening before your kids go to bed.
And if you’re really lucky, it will only take a week or so to get rid of the food colouring from your toddler’s hands. Hurrah!
So, if you’re really not wanting to waste eggs here, there is a way that you can make these completely edible. Replace the shaving cream with normal whipped cream, and skip the vinegar soak. I haven’t tried it this way, so I can’t tell you if the results are the same. You’ll need to keep them in the fridge once they’re done to make sure that the cream doesn’t turn. Yummy and beautiful!