So, to all of you over-organized, over-achievers out there. You know who you are, all you folks putting the finishing touches on your homemade centerpieces while your lovely homemade pies cool on your spotless countertops. You loonies sweetly tucking junior into bed in his nice clean jammies as he drifts off to sleep uncomplaining. You are officially dismissed. I hope you have a beautiful Easter and let me know how it goes once the meth wears off.
As for the rest of us, well this post is for you If you are anything like us, you are not ready. The baskets haven't been found. Half the candy has mysteriously disappeared. The kids are fighting and you forgot the effing eggs. I can't help you with most of it. We are busy solving the mystery of what Cheweverything Pants did with my shoes. And the children are complaining about headaches. (ahhh Spring.) But I can give you some last minute egg ideas. So here goes.
First, crayons are your hidden weapon in making cool eggs. Cheap crayons are best for this. (Like the ones restaurants give to kids to keep them occupied.) They are waxy and that's what you want. Let the kids (or you) draw on the undyed eggs whatever suits their fancy- names, faces, swirls,flowers, polka dots, anything goes. The wax will keep the dye from sticking and make them look very arts and craftsy. Then just pop them in the dye and and boom. Oh, and don't forget stickers. We have stickers everywhere here in FeistyPantsLand (Fp is bribable so we keep them like currency) Take Feisty Pants' word for it, glittery stickers make everything more awesome.
As for the dye- some quick ideas for when you don't have or don't want a dye kit from the store:
1)Simple dye from food coloring- simply mix 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar and approximately 20-25 drops food coloring. You can mix to form your own colors and darken or lighten as you wish.
2)For the uber natural types- all natural egg dyes. Start with two cup water and two teaspoons white vinegar (for each dye)then add the coloring agent and boil for 20-30 minutes and strain.
For blue- 2 cups chopped red cabbage. For yellow- two tsp turmeric. For purple- 2 cups blueberries. For pink- four beets chopped.
3) Kool-aid (not just for teens hair anymore!) any packet unsweetened kool-aid mix and 2/3 cup water. Easy peasy and you probably have some in the house right now.
There you go... Hope I helped. Have a happy Easter!