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By Mary Heyl

Easter weekend is here! It’s time to decorate those hard boiled eggs so they’re ready to enjoy on Easter morning. Although you may be short on time during this busy weekend, these fun ideas won’t take long, and you can enlist the help of every member of the family as you create some fun new memories this year!

If the beloved tradition of decorating eggs is starting to feel a bit “ho-hum” after so many years, mix it up this year! There are so many more ways to decorate an egg than plunking it into a cup of dye. Skip the boxed egg dye altogether by tie-dying your Easter eggs. To get started, gather some paper towels, food coloring, a spray bottle, tiny elastics or twist ties, and plenty of cooled hard-boiled eggs.

Tear the paper towels into small sections and place an egg in the middle of one section. Cover the entire egg with the paper towel, twist the end as tightly as possible and secure it with a twist tie or elastic. Squeeze some drops of food coloring directly onto the paper towel—experiment using all the colors or just a couple! Leave some white space between food color drops so that the dyes don’t mix.

Next, fill the spray bottle with water and don some rubber gloves. Spray the covered egg until the dyes run and the paper towel is completely colored with dye. Try not to over-spray, or there won’t be as much dye transferring to the egg! Set the eggs on a baking sheet or glass baking dish to dry overnight or in front of a fan for a few hours. When the paper towels are completely dry, unwrap each one and enjoy your groovy Easter eggs!

Who doesn’t have a few packets of Kool-Aid mix in the cupboard? Put them to use by making these vibrant Easter eggs (don’t worry, they won’t taste like Kool-Aid)! Add one packet of Kool-Aid to 2/3 cup of water and stir. Drop a hardboiled egg in the cup and watch it quickly take on the color of the Kool-Aid. Leave it in the dye until the egg is as bright as you like. Although the egg will smell faintly fruity, once dried, the egg will smell and taste like normal hard boiled eggs. Keep in mind that some Kool-Aid flavors don’t make the best dye, as Lemonade is very light and Grape will turn the egg dark gray. Experiment for different shades by mixing Kool-Aid packets together!

If you’re short on time and have a box of egg dye handy, make your own ombre-effect Easter eggs for an easy twist on a classic method! Fill clear plastic cups with about an inch of vinegar and dissolve a dye tablet in each one. Using tongs, set an egg in the dye and leave for 2 minutes. Add about ½ inch of water and let sit for another 2 minutes. Continue in this manner, adding ½ of water at a time until the egg is completely covered. After a final 2 minutes, remove the egg and enjoy your work!

Make a last-minute treat for your Easter guests that will soon become an annually-anticipated delight! Rice Krispies eggs are easy to make and can be customized for each person’s favorite treat. Buy some oversized plastic Easter eggs and a bag or two of your favorite mini Easter candies.

Next, wash and dry each plastic egg and coat the inside with a thin layer of non-stick cooking spray. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and 4 cups of mini marshmallows in a saucepan over low heat. Mix in 7 cups of Rice Krispies cereal until completely mixed. Fill the eggs with the cereal mixture, but leave space in the middle to fill with whatever candy you like! Make sure the egg is completely filled with the mixture and close the eggs. Leave them to cool/set and enjoy on Easter Sunday, if you can wait that long!