Shaving Cream Dyed Easter Eggs

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Introduction: Shaving Cream Dyed Easter Eggs

This year, my kids and I dyed our Easter eggs with food coloring and foam shaving cream.

It was messy, fun, and my two oldest already told me they wanted me to do it again.

The process was easier than I expected, and I already had foam shaving cream because I bought (from the dollar store) several after we discovered the dough we could make from it.

I hope you read on about this easy, fun and messy way to dye Easter eggs.

Step 1: Materials

There are only really two "ingredients" to dye eggs this way, and the rest are items I hope you have in your kitchen.

We did this activity outside for easy clean-up (with the water hose) and I had my children change their shirts to ones they could get food coloring on, just in case there was shaving cream flying around for any reason.

Materials we used:
  • food coloring
  • foam shaving cream, one can should be sufficient (gel-type will not work)
  • wooden skewers (or plastic knives) to move the food coloring around
  • hard-boiled eggs (we dyed nine)
  • glass dishes (I have three kids and each one of them had his/her own)
  • empty egg carton or paper plates with paper towels to hold eggs while drying
  • many paper towels
A couple hints:
You could probably use metal pans, if that's all you had, but I didn't want to have any rust stains get the eggs colored on accident.
We covered our work space with a dollar store tablecloth for easy clean-up.

Step 2: Spray the Shaving Cream

So keeping in mind that this is a fun, messy activity for the kiddos, I sprayed the shaving cream into each of their glass dishes and let them have fun with it.

After a few minutes, I scraped off the shaving cream from my kids hands into their dish, to the best of my ability.  It sticks to your hands so I wiped it on the side of the dish.

At some point, the shaving cream needs to be flattened into a layer on the bottom of the pan, but it doesn't have to be perfectly flat by any means.

I sprayed some more shaving cream into the emptier spaces in the larger dish without moving it, to get to the next step.

We were outside, so my kiddos rinsed their hands using the hose - always a simple fun thing to do in itself.

Step 3: Drop in the Food Coloring

I helped my three-year old drop the food coloring onto the top of the shaving cream.

I also only allowed my kids to pick three colors for his/her respective dish.  Too many colors mixed together seems to create brown.

The hard part for my four-year old was controlling the amount of drops in one spot, but eventually, she figured out that a slight squeeze creates a controlled drop.

Step 4: Move the Colors Around

Using the wooden skewers, the kids moved the shaving cream around the dish.

I'm guessing this would work with plastic knives as well.

The artwork created in the dish was fun in itself.

This step is just to slightly stir up the colors so that when the egg is rolled around, it picks up different colors in different streaks and swirls.

Step 5: Roll the Egg in the Shaving Cream

My boys somehow mixed the colors up in their dishes while rolling the eggs around in it.

My daughter though understood how to roll the egg so that her mixture was still in different colors after all three of her eggs were dipped into the shaving cream to dye them.

We did a little video on it just for giggles.  It's only 30-seconds long.

Step 6: Wait

We placed the eggs in an empty egg carton lined with a paper towel.

We waited only 10-minutes, and I'd like to think that if we had waited ten more minutes the colors would have been more vibrant.

Ours came out beautiful, but pastel in color.

We cleaned up our messy area, washed hands and played.

Step 7: Wipe Up & Enjoy Easter!

The color got a chance to soak into the shell, and as I explained in the previous step, I think if we had waited another ten minutes, (for a total of twenty) the shells would have soaked up a more vibrant color.

The different colors swirled around on the egg, and when it was wiped off, it looked almost nothing like what the shaving cream looked like on the outside.

Take a paper towel and wipe off the shaving cream dye until the egg is smooth.

I told my kids that they couldn't eat these eggs.  That made them sad but they have shaving cream and I certainly am not going to risk it.
We plan on hiding them on Easter day so their currently in our fridge until then.

Have fun friends and I hope you get to try this at least once.  We might just do this during the year for more giggles....

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Waited 30 minutes with great results. Eggs can be rinse and gently dried. Fantastic fun. Wish we had kids to share making experience with.

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Great activity. I have been using shaving cream for about 45 years and over that time have probably eaten my fair share. No ill effects yet. The egg has a leathery semi permeable membrane under the shell so it is unlikely that any of the actual soap will get through. The experts recon that you will eat 500g of washing up detergent over a lifetime so I would not be worried about the shaving soap. Alternately, dye uncooked eggs and the soap will wash off by the boiling action. Have just made some for the kids next door - thanks to our chooks. Will wait 20 minutes as suggested. Thanks, can hardly wait for 15 minutes more to go ;-)

Very clever!

We made these today and it was a lot of messy fun. (We used gloves for most of it.) I know now to add a few more drops of coloring or wait longer. (Waiting is the hardest part.) Ours came out very pastel.

I think some plastic gloves might come in handy.

I'm planning on trying this with my little ones - thanks for the terrific idea. I'm gonna try the whipped cream as some others have put forward. If you want to stay away from Cool-Whip (as I do) try making some homemade "stabilized" whipped cream by adding some clear gelatin. Sorry, don't have a link but a go on Google w/ "stabilized whipped cream" will provide the info I'm sure :)

just a brief word on Color Mixing Theory --- the 'primaries' (Red, Blue, Yellow) and Tints or Tones (made by adding alternately a Lighter Shade/color or a Darker One) may be Mixed fairly freely, As Long As You Restrict Yourself to Only One Or Two of The Primaries --- as soon as you mix up All Three you move into a BROWN shade ... (Which may be darker, lighter, "warmer" or "colder"). Where THAT gets a bit tricky ? Let's say you are using what, essentially, Already Contains Two Primaries --- for instance Green (made by combining Yellow & Blue) --- Adding ANY AMOUNT of the 'missing 3rd Primary' (in This Example that would br Red) causes the Browning to occur. Likewise adding Blue to an Orange (composed of Red & Yellow Mixed), or Adding Yellow to a Purple shade (Red & Blue mixed). So, while Many Different Hues, Tints, and Shades MAY BE mixed, the 'secret' is Limiting The Content to ONLY Two of the Three Primary Colors. Elementary Color Theory, though not well taught in school (it was in College Level ART Classes that this Distinction was taught to me). Not to be confused with mixing colored LIGHT, which is referred to as being an Additive process, while mixing Pigment is a Subtractive one --- three colors of Light 'move' the cumulative result towards 'White' while three of Pigment moves towards Black. <3

NOT a good idea to use Shaving Cream on anything you will possibly eat! Use WHIPPED TOPPING instead!

You can make beee youuuuuu teeee ful marbled paper using this same technique---just lay the paper on the colored shaving cream and let sit for a few then lift and let sit before wiping.

Some dyes are much brighter than the food coloring---some food coloring is much brighter than the ones from the dollar or grocery; look on line or in the cake deco section of the craft store. Those will give you much more vibrant colors.

You can also make tie-dye or marbled effect eggs by using vinegar and paper towels and a few pieces of aluminum foil----place the foil on your surface. Wet a paper towel with the white vinegar. Not too wet or colors will run and get mixed and muddy! Lay the paper towel on top of the foil. Drip the food coloring onto the wet towels in a random pattern and place the egg onto the paper towel and hold the edges of the aluminum foil and wrap the paper towel and foil closely around the eggs. Let sit for a few minutes and unwrap and let dry. Since you are using only food color and food vinegar these can be eaten.

If you get farm eggs they will not have the wax coating that some commercial eggs have and will take the dye better. Just make sure you get them in advance as they will boil better if a bit older.