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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shaving Cream Eggs

Like I was saying the other day...eggs...
Easter sneaks up on me.
Here's the extent of decorating I have done for the holiday:
Yep, that's it, that little nest on the table.  Bam.  It's Easter.  Emma added that little stick coming out of the side.
What is that little blue egg?
Oh, that?
One year I thought I would save an egg from our dying sessions.  I would write the year on it and after awhile I would have amassed a pile of meaningful decorations.
But I need to blow the innards out of the egg in order to save it.  Have you ever done that before?
Makes your cheeks hurt.

So, then there's that whole dying eggs thing... I am always a little agog at the blogs and crafts created for dying eggs.
But, Lara you're an artist, shouldn't you be all over that?
I mean, yeah, but in the depths of my heart, I am super cheap, and dying eggs.. I mean what do you do with a dozen blue hard boiled eggs?
You make deviled eggs.
I do like deviled eggs, but I don't think I like a dozen deviled eggs.

And then there's celebration, and celebration is important.  So I boiled some eggs earlier in the week, and then Wednesday afternoon in those terrible hours between naptime and dinner time I asked, loudly, with much excitement in my voice,
'Who wants to dye eggs?'  My four year old was truly excited.  My two year old buried her head in her daddy's shoulder.  My husband looked at me like he was a little concerned for my mental health.
Then I announced that we were going to dye them with shaving cream.
He looked even more concerned.
Like the above blog states, and does a much better job than I, you squirt the shaving cream in a dish.  Then squirt food dye into the cream, then swirl it around with a toothpick, then you give boiled eggs to your children and let them make a mess...I mean roll the eggs in the shaving cream.
 Here is Carys with the tub after the fact.

I didn't catch action shots, because I'm a horrible picture taker...ask my family.
And Carys screamed and wouldn't get out of Scott's arms until the very end.  (That probably had more to do with the fact that she had just woken up from her nap.)
She did not actually decorate an egg, but in a moment of thrifty genius I gave them paper afterwards to spread around the remaining shaving cream.

I couldn't let all that go to waste.
And dying the eggs took about ten minutes and I needed more time filler.
This project did usher in the demise of that shirt, she got more on the shirt than on the paper.
Of course.

 Emma was quite pleased with the whole process.

For a four year old this was a total win.

You let the eggs sit for a bit (perhaps while you are bathing your children) and then wipe off the shaving cream with a paper towel.

My only caveat for this project was that it was super messy. you are also using a substance that ruins things.  If you're like me and don't see messes until they occur, that can be problematic.
And it used a lot of paper towels.
I hate paper towels.
I feel like I am buying trash.

Here is the finished product.

They are very cute and this is a little more interesting and entertaining than just dipping eggs in dye.

This craft is also super cheap.  And we all know how I feel about that.

I am kind of wondering if those deviled eggs are going to taste like shaving cream.
I'll let you know.

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