How to Make Shaving Cream Easter Eggs for Your Most Colorful Holiday Yet

This DIY tutorial is so easy, even your littlest ones can get in on the fun.

shaving cream easter eggs
Allison Murray

Whether you and your family stick to the good old boxed dye sets or a slightly more labor-intensive DIY natural route, decorating Easter eggs has long been a family tradition many of us look forward to year after year.

And the good news is that more egg-dyers are delving into completely new and creative territories, like with the shaving cream method. This kid-friendly and super affordable approach is the perfect way to mix up your regimen this coming Easter, especially given its easy-to-source supply list. It's entirely possible you already have everything you need at home, shaving cream and all, to tackle this fun holiday DIY. Plus, your kids will love the fact that no two eggs will look just alike. Depending on your technique, you can whip up anything from a gorgeous marbled effect to a hue-shifting full-color coverage, all of which make unique and colorful additions to everyone's Easter baskets.

We used hard boiled eggs, and since the eggshells are porous and shaving cream isn't food-safe, we wouldn't advise eating them. You can substitute whipped cream or Cool Whip for edible eggs, but your designs will not be quite as sharp (though the resulting soft-focus pattern is still very lovely). You can also use the shaving cream method with wooden eggs or blown eggs that you can keep for years! Just remember to seal your creations with something like polyurethane so they will look just as lovely next Easter season.

What You'll Need:

1. Prep Your Eggs

Place your eggs into a shallow container of vinegar to prepare them to take the dye. This will create the most vibrant colors. Keep the eggs in the vinegar for at least 20 minutes, but keep in mind that the longer the eggs steep, the more brittle the shell will become. Don't leave them any longer than four hours or so.

Carefully rinse the vinegar off of the eggs and pat dry before continuing.

2. Set up the Shaving Cream

In a muffin tin, fill each cavity approximately 2/3 full with shaving cream. If your pint-sized helpers add more, don't worry: It won't affect the results of the craft, it will just make things a bit messier.

how to make shaving cream easter eggs
Allison Murray

Be sure to use shaving cream—not gel. No need to use the expensive stuff: We purchased the cheapest available from our local grocery store with great results.

3. Add the Color

Add a healthy drop of gel food coloring in two or three complementary colors on top of the shaving cream in each cavity. Take care when making color selections—orange and blue are pretty together, but when mixed, they make brown.

how to make shaving cream easter eggs
Allison Murray

This is a messy craft. Be sure to protect your work surface and wear gloves if you'd prefer not to have colorful hands for the next couple of days.

Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer to gently stir the food coloring into the cream, adding another drop of color if needed. A gentle swirl of your skewer will give you a marbled effect on your finished eggs, and a more vigorously combined mixture will give you more color on the eggs with less white areas and less definition between colors. Both techniques make pretty eggs, so feel free to experiment to find the results you're happiest with.

how to make shaving cream easter eggs
Allison Murray

You can use liquid food coloring instead of gel if it's what you already have on hand, but your results will be a little different from ours. The thinner dye will spread considerably more in your shaving cream, giving you less definition in the colors, and won't produce as much of a marbled look.

4. Create Your Designs

Gently place your dry egg on top of the colored shaving cream in your muffin tin, trying not to allow the egg to touch the bottom of the tin.

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Allison Murray

Carefully fold over the shaving cream on top of the egg to completely cover it.

shaving cream easter eggs
Allison Murray

Continue for all of your eggs and give the tin a few gentle taps to allow the shaving cream to settle into any air pockets. Allow the eggs to sit in the mixture 10 minutes for more pastel colors and overnight for bolder colors. We wanted a look somewhere in the middle and allowed our eggs to sit for about half an hour.

shaving cream easter eggs
Allison Murray

5. Remove the Shaving Cream

Once the color has set, rinse your eggs directly under the tap, using your hands to help remove the cream. Gently pat your eggs dry with a paper towel and place on a smooth surface to prevent the transfer of a pattern or texture. A cookie sheet lined with parchment paper works very well.

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Happy dyeing!

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