Dyeing Easter Eggs with Shaving Cream

After seeing the shaving cream method on social media, I decided to try it and see if it would be an appropriate art activity for elementary students.

Materials Needed:
hard boiled eggs
cookie sheet
shaving cream
food coloring
toothpicks
plastic gloves (optional but highly recommended)
paper towels

Begin by spraying some shaving cream on a cookie sheet and spreading it out (we covered our cookie sheet with foil for easier clean-up).

spraying shaving cream on cookie sheet

spraying shaving cream on cookie sheet

shaving cream spread out on cookie sheet

shaving cream spread out on cookie sheet

Add drops of food coloring to the shaving cream.  I used regular food coloring (blue, yellow, green, red), however it was recommended to use neon food coloring.

drops of food coloring added to shaving cream

drops of food coloring added to shaving cream

Take a toothpick and swirl the colors around in the shaving cream.

swirl colors with toothpick

swirl colors with toothpick

The directions I followed recommended putting a plastic baggie on your hand to protect it from getting food coloring stains. The eggs were hard to handle wearing the baggie and I would highly recommend using plastic gloves instead.  Take a hard boiled egg and roll it around in the shaving cream.

roll the egg in the shaving cream

roll the egg in the shaving cream

roll the egg in the shaving cream

roll the egg in the shaving cream until covered

The directions I followed stated to set the eggs on a paper plate to dry for 5 minutes. I discovered that laying them on their side results in a bare spot where the egg touches the plate.  I would recommend placing them in a drying rack from an egg coloring kit or in an egg carton so they stand up to dry.

allow eggs to dry 5 minutes

allow eggs to dry 5 minutes

bare spot where egg touched the paper plate

bare spot where egg touched the paper plate

After 5 minutes, wipe off shaving cream.  WIPE OFF CAREFULLY AND GENTLY – if you rub too hard the dye rubs off!  It was better to gently dab it off.

wipe off shaving cream gently

wipe off shaving cream gently

My directions then stated to rinse the egg with water; however, when I did this the swirled design rinsed off! I would recommend skipping this step – it did not seem necessary.

color rinsed off with water

color rinsed off with water

These are pictures of the eggs that were gently wiped with a paper towel and not rinsed.

egg dyed with shaving cream

egg dyed with shaving cream

Easter egg dyed with shaving cream and food coloring

Easter egg colored with shaving cream and food coloring

This egg dyeing method was quite messy, but it did produce nice looking eggs with a swirled appearance.  Plastic gloves are highly recommended!

Easter eggs dyed with shaving cream and food coloring

Easter eggs dyed with shaving cream and food coloring

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One thought on “Dyeing Easter Eggs with Shaving Cream

  1. Pingback: Fun Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs with Students or Children | Lessons for Little Ones by Tina O'Block

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