A Dye Job To Die For

Creating colorful eggs is a fun tradition that many kids enjoy as Easter approaches. A basket filled with eggs of varying hues can make a gorgeous centerpiece and is the ideal reminder that spring is on its way.

Melted crayon colored eggs

In looking for new and unique ways to create a little masterpiece on our eggs, my kids and I decided to use crayons instead of the traditional food coloring or store-bought dye kits. I have to tell you, the result was unexpectedly awesome! Have you ever felt that the traditional food coloring or dyes don't create an intense enough color? Yes, you can leave the eggs in the dye-filled cup for hours, but what child wants to wait that long? With the technique of using melted crayons, the color can be as bright (or subtle) as you'd like, and the result is instant.

Here are the steps I took with my kids to create colorful Easter eggs using melted crayons.


  • Eggs (steps to hard boil the eggs are below)
  • A colorful collection of crayons



Put the eggs in a pot and fill the pot with cold water so it covers the eggs about 1 to 2 inches.
Once the eggs come to a full boil, remove the pot from the stove and cover it for 12 minutes.

Step 1 boil eggs


Carefully remove the eggs from the pot and let them stand for about 1 to 2 minutes (the eggs will be very hot, so be sure to use tongs when removing them from the pot). Using crayons, start drawing on your eggs. Be creative. Get the kids involved. It's a lot of fun to try different patterns and to mix the colors. For our eggs, I used one color as the base, then added another color on top. I smudged in the background hue, which gave a fun, swirly look.

Step 2 remove eggs and start coloring


Because of the hot exterior of the egg, the crayon will melt on the egg's surface. Once your masterpiece is finished, gently place the egg into the original egg holder and place it in the refrigerator. After a few minutes, the eggs will be cool and can be handled and displayed as you'd like.

Step 3 added more color and done

They'll make a beautiful addition to any centerpiece, paired with other Easter decorations or simply on their own.

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Photo credit: Jenna Burger www.sasinteriors.net


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Comments on "How to dye Easter eggs with melted crayons"

kelly March 28, 2013 | 7:29 AM

To the "Bible-thumper" Zadok,--it is possible to mix tradition and religion! And thanks for the fun idea; a great twist for tweens who love to get more creative.

jamie March 27, 2013 | 7:47 PM

to katrina... i just did this for kicks- the egg is still super hot and melts the crayon instantly then gently blot the egg with gloves on our use paper towels. this is probably not a project to do with the kids... and that is sad. but the product is super cool.

mar1212 March 23, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Yes, the instructions have a lot to be desired. How do you get the background color on the eggs. Will we get an answer before Easter Weekend.

gretchen March 20, 2013 | 9:53 AM

For Katrina--she said she "smudged" the background color after she put it on. I'd wear some plastic gloves to do it for sure. I'd guess she scribbled on it as shown, and then rolled it around in her hands to cover the egg. I guess it would still be hot enough to put more on top.

Katrina March 12, 2013 | 12:15 AM

Hi! I don't understand how you get the background color on the eggs. After drawing designs on the crayons, do you drop the eggs into a vinegar/food colored bath? I don't think the instructions explained that part very well. Do you mean you have to color the entire egg for the base in one color crayon? Then what do you do? Do you wait until the color melts on the egg? Do you then decorate with different colors over the base? I would like like further instructions, for I just don't get it. Thanks, Katrina

H March 07, 2013 | 7:21 PM

What a great way to use up those "leftover" crayons from when the kids were younger! Thanks for the tips.

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