My cousin Emily likes to send me links and pictures of things she thinks I should do since she’s a working girl and I’m a stay-at-home and do-cool-shit girl.
She recently sent me a link for shaving cream egg dye. It looked awesome and totally out of the norm so I knew it was something we just had to try out this year, especially because I had the Barbasol, food dye and eggs on hand. I did a little more research, and I’m glad I did, because one website I looked at informed me that using Cool Whip instead of shaving cream is a better bet if you want to eat those eggs in the end. You see, eggs are porous and no one likes to eat shaving cream. So, I bought a few tubs of Cool Whip, neon liquid food dye and some white eggs (we have hens that lay brown and blue eggs which are awesome except when dying Easter eggs.) Plastic gloves are a good idea if you want to avoid stained fingers, especially when cleaning the eggs later on.
The process itself is simple but you’ll need patience to get the best results. First, Hard boil your eggs and let them cool. Then coat them in vinegar prior to dying. To dye the eggs, you begin by spread about 2-3 inches of Cool Whip in a container. We used deep plastic containers and plopped one tub of Cool Whip in each and smoothed it down. Then you drop about 20 drops total of various colored food dye on top of the Cool Whip. Next you take a fork and delicately blend the drops of food coloring together, trying not to mix the dye and Cool Whip too much. You’re going for concentrated dye for bold colors. Take a moment and examine the awesomeness you just created.
Then plop in one hard boiled egg at a time and use a spoon to roll the egg through the dye, coating all sides. Remove the egg (and a bunch of Cool Whip) with the spoon and set on a plate or large plastic container (Anything that you can easily place in the fridge without worrying about getting dye all over the inside of your fridge.
Repeat until all eggs are covered, adding more dye as needed.
Place the eggs in your fridge, still coated in Cool Whip of course, for up to 8 hours. We rinsed them after 6 and got these results:
We rinsed them under warm water, trying not to rub too much. When we felt most of the Cool Whip was removed we patted the egg dry and placed it back into the egg cartons we saved.
The effect was awesome and something I have never seen before on Easter eggs having only used the box kit for the past 26 years of my life. These were a couple of our favorites:
If you haven’t dyed your eggs for the Easter bunny you should really consider trying this. It was super quick, the kids thought it was the best thing ever and it generates less mess than your typical egg-dying experience (no cups of vinegar for kids to knock over because you know they always do!)
So, break out of your shell and try it!!