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It's that time of year again so break out the Easter egg decorations, invite over the neighbor's kids and turn each one of those little monsters into a mini-Martha Stewart. Just be ready for lots of little blue and green fingers.
First, obviously you'll need to boil the eggs, then you'll want to set up a long table, preferably a card table so you don't mess up any nice furniture. Either way, you'll need to cover the table in either trash bags or a plastic tablecloth. Set up stations so you can keep things organized: a dyeing station, a crafts station, a drying station. Then set yourself up for an assembly-line type flow. The more adults you can get to help the better ... plus, maybe one of them will bring wine.
Here are some of my favorite egg decorating supplies:
- Dye (check out the post in our Toddler channel to learn how to make natural egg dye).
- Lace (wrap it around the egg and then dip it into the dye, it creates a really pretty design)
- Pom poms
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Cotton balls/swabs
- Glue guns (if the kids are older, if not, have an adult handy)
Be sure to have plenty of paper towels and rags on hand. And when I say plenty, I mean a ton. As we all know, crafts can get messy, especially when you have several kids dunking eggs in colored liquid.
While the eggs are drying, you can entertain the kids with an egg hunt using plastic eggs with yummy goodies inside. You can also give them their own basket as a party favor -- that way they have something to take their eggs home in. But I beg of you, leave out the green Easter basket grass unless you want murderous stares from the parents.
What are you favorite ways to decorate an Easter egg? Have you experienced in egg dyeing disasters?