Hop into Easter with holiday-transforming DIY hacks! From homemade easter egg dye to carrot place settings, these tips will change the way you celebrate Easter.
Easy Easter Egg Dye
Never, ever pay for egg dye! Simply mix a half cup of boiling water with a half teaspoon of white vinegar, and add food coloring until you get a hue you like. For a striped egg even the Easter Bunny would be proud of, wrap tape around the egg before dipping. Once the egg dries, remove the tape, tape over the colored parts, and dip again in a different color. You can also use stickers in the shapes of hearts, stars, and letters.
Easter Egg Accessory
The perfect holder for an Easter egg? The upside-down tops to soda and water bottles! For a little extra flair, glue a piece of Easter ribbon around the outside of them.
No-Break Easter Eggs
Before you hard-boil eggs for decorating this year, prevent cracks by first poking a tiny hole in one end of the egg with a pin or needle (make sure it’s clean!).
Easy Marbled Easter Eggs
These eggs are even cooler-looking than other marbled eggs. Rather than dyeing just the outer shell, our food coloring seeps into the shells’ cracks to create neat spider-web effects. First, hard-boil your eggs as usual. Once they’re cooled, tap each egg on a hard surface to make cracks in the shell—but don’t peel! Using a spoon, drip food coloring all over the eggs, and let them dry. Rinse with water and peel the shells. You’ll have beautiful marbled eggs that are ready to eat!
Easter Egg Hunters
If you’re hosting an egg hunt for kids of various ages, try color-coding the eggs by age group. Yellow eggs might be hidden in easy-to-find places for the younger kids, while green eggs can be stowed in sneakier spots for the big kids.
Beat-the-Sweets Easter Treat
We like to mix up our Easter snacks so the kids aren’t eating only sugary sweets. This snack is a little more healthful than the usual candy, plus it’s super-cute and Easter-colorful. Pour cheesy goldfish crackers into a clear plastic pastry bag and tie the opening closed with green ribbon: You’ve got a carrot! (At least in shape, if not nutritional value.) If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can also use the corner of a sandwich bag and some tape.
Make Easter dinner even more fun for the kids (and big kids, too!) by putting together these adorable table settings that look like carrots. You’ll need orange paper dinner napkins, green plastic utensils, and green pipe cleaners. Fold each napkin in half to form a rectangle. Set a plastic spoon, fork, and knife on a bottom corner of each napkin, then roll the utensils up in the napkin. Wrap a couple of pipe cleaners around the top of each rolled-up napkin, and your carrot table settings will be good enough to eat! —Janine Ward-Garrett, Kew Gardens, New York
Remove Dye Stains from Your Skin
Got Easter egg dye on your hands? Remove stains on your skin with this easy solution: Spoon two tablespoons of salt into a small bowl and gradually mix in vinegar until you have a paste. Scrub your skin with the salt-vinegar paste and stains will disappear in no time!