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Cool Whip Easter Eggs Are the Prettiest (and Easiest) Way to Dye

It simply wouldn't be Easter without a few colorful dyed eggs around. A fun kids craft for the little ones and adults alike, dyeing Easter eggs brings the family together and puts a little cheer into the spring holiday. While most of us rely on those cheap store-bought packets for adding color to our eggs, there is a better way to dye Easter eggs out there that you simply must try: Cool Whip Easter eggs.

Dyeing Easter eggs is one of the most fun parts of this springtime holiday, providing a craft to do each year that uses colors and creativity, along with giving you something to hide around the yard for the Easter egg hunt. However, it can get old to continue dyeing your eggs the same way year after year. After all, how many different things can you do with food eye and eggs? To bring a spark of imagination to this yearly tradition, Cool Whip Easter eggs are the way to go.

Upping the level of creative egg dyeing, Delish shows us how this genius technique produces marbled eggs that look like they were done by a pro. Cool Whip may sound like a weird way to dye eggs, but once you get a load of this hack you'll be converted. The Easter craft process is really simple and it avoids the mess you get with those store-bought packs.

Take a look at the process for Cool Whip Easter eggs.

To being making cool whip dyed Easter eggs, you'll want to start by placing a few hard-boiled eggs in a mixing bowl and top with distilled white vinegar. There's something about the reaction of the eggshell to the vinegar that really lets it soak up all the food dye. After taking a two-minute bath, drain the eggs and pat dry with a paper towel. Now, grab a baking sheet and spread out a layer of Cool Whip.

Add drops of food coloring dyes on top of the Cool Whip, then drag a toothpick through. This multicolored bed of dyed whipped topping will be like your paint palette where creativity thrives. With your palette ready, let's paint! Take an egg and roll it through the dye. You'll notice the fun marbled effect design already taking hold. Roll a few more eggs, then let them sit on the Cool Whip for about 10 minutes. Once time is up, rinse, and the eggs are done.

While I haven't tried it, the same effect can be achieved with shaving cream, although it's probably better to stick with edible ingredients if you're going to ingest the eggs. It may be a good idea to wear some disposable gloves too. Egg dye can get a little messy on the hands when you roll your eggs.

Whether you're an egg dyeing guru who has to have the prettiest eggs or you simply want to outdo your cousin who's always showing off their creative skills, this DIY Easter egg decorating technique will give you the coolest eggs. And there's just something about the prettier eggs that make them taste better.

Once Easter has come and gone, you might need a few hard-boiled egg recipes. Deviled eggs are a must (like these deep fried deviled eggs!), or you can chop up the eggs and use them in salads or sandwiches. Just don't use eggs that have been sitting outside for more than a couple of hours, less if it's really warm outside.

If this out-of-the-box method for dyeing Easter eggs has inspired you to think of more ways to spice up this yearly craft, there are plenty of other ways to decorate your eggs that involve far more creativity than simply food dye. You can use temporary tattoos, decorate with actual moss from your yard, or even use plants and onion skins to make beautiful designs like we do in my family. This article at Gemperle Family Farms explains how.

For more creative ways to change up your classic Easter eggs, check out these 20 egg decorating ideas at Home Edit.

This article was originally published on April 3, 2019.

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