So do you like decorating Easter eggs, or do you LOVE it? I personally love it, and if you ask my family I have a tendency to get a little carried away. This year is no different, and these Blue Bird Easter Egg Chicks are one of my favorite creations yet. My daughter and I had so much fun creating these little Easter egg chicks. Along the way they each took on their own personality. (You've gotta use your imagination, ya'll.)
So, Amie and I want to know...which one is your favorite?
How to Make Blue Bird Easter Egg Chicks
First things first, start with hard boiled dyed Easter Eggs. You can use different shades of blue like we did, or go for traditional yellow Easter Egg Chicks. All up to you. We wanted little blue birdies.
Here's a quick How To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs:
- Place raw eggs in the bottom of a large pot. Run cold water over the eggs until they are covered by at least 1 inch of water.
- Bring the eggs to a boil on the stovetop. Boil for one minute.
- Cover with a lid and remove the pot from heat. Let sit for 10-12 minutes.
- Drain the eggs and run cool water over them until you can handle them. Let dry.
Quick Instructions on Dyeing Easter Eggs
- Since we are using all the same color (and shades of), this is for bulk-coloring.
- Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
- Pour the water into a large clear glass bowl. Stir in 5 tablespoons of white vinegar.
- Stir in 40 - 60 drops of food coloring of desired shade.
- Gently lower all of the eggs into the bowl, one at a time, until they are all covered with the colored dye.
- To get varying shades of the same color, remove the eggs at different times (1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc.)
- Place the eggs on a wire rack to dry.
- Decorate as desired.
Now that we've gone over the basics, let's get back to our little blue birds.
Supply List for Blue Bird Easter Egg Chicks:
- 12 - 18 hard boiled dyed eggs
- Clear fingernail polish (or fast drying glue)
- Googly eyes
- Black fine-tipped paint pen or marker
- Orange or Yellow paint pen or marker
- Feathers (from the arts + crafts section)
- Tweezers (optional)
Using clear fingernail polish (or fast-drying glue if you are a well-prepared family), attach two googly eyes onto each dyed Easter egg. You can space them close together or far apart. Placing them in different places on the egg helps give each Easter egg chick its own look.
It doesn't take much fingernail polish or glue, just a little dot. Once all of the eggs have eyes, let them dry. (This is where fingernail polish is the best bet. It dries very quickly and the eyes don't slide off of the egg.)
To create the little Easter Egg chick faces, use paint pens or magic markers to draw little orange beaks, feet and eyelashes. If you don't feel confident in doing this part, practice on paper first.
And really, they don't have to be perfect. Just have fun and let the kids in on this action. Trust me, they won't remember the time you smudged the beak on your Easter Egg Chicks. But they will always remember the time they helped you make the cutest little blue bird eggs ever.
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Once you have the eyes on and beaks colored in, time for the feathers. This part can get a little messy, but to keep your hands from getting sticky, use tweezers to stick the feathers into the fingernail polish or glue.
Simply brush on fingernail polish or glue where you want feathers, then rip a few fuzzy feather pieces and stick them to the Easter Egg Chicks. We put them on top of each chick's head, but you can add them to the side for wings, or to the butts for little tail feathers.
Look at all these little blue birds! We let our imagination get the best of us, and my daughter and I decided to have an Easter Egg photo shoot. And yes, they all received names starting with the letter E.
Giving each of them a name and personality makes finding them during an Easter Egg Hunt so much more fun!
Which one of these adorable Blue Bird Easter Egg Chicks is your favorite?
Oh wait, there's one more. This little angry fella....Earl.