What is the activity that immediately comes to mind when you think of Easter? One activity that stands out in my mind is dying hard boiled eggs. The only problem is that other than my husband, the rest of my family isn’t big on the taste of hard boiled eggs. So if we were to dye some hard boiled eggs chances are the eggs would end up eventually going to waste.
As a Walmart Mom, I was recently introduced to a new decorating product for Easter. What peeked my interest was that these decorative plastic eggs look like real eggs and can be dyed using fun egg dyeing kits that can easily be found at Walmart as well. I love the look of these plastic eggs plain in their classic white shells and can easily see painting them pastel colors to match an Easter theme but was curious to see how easy it would be to dye them like a traditional hard boiled egg using a kid-friendly egg dyeing kit. I’m always up for a craft challenge so I went to my local Walmart and picked up the supplies that I needed to put together a simple Easter Egg Wire Basket Centerpiece.
This budget friendly centerpiece uses mostly products found in the Easter holiday section at Walmart with a few extra products that I found in the floral/craft department.
Products Used in this Project:
prices from Walmart
- 12 Plastic Decorating Eggs ($1.97)- found next to the other plastic Easter eggs
- Dudley’s Eggceptional Decorating Kit- Majestic ($1.97)
- Green Paper Easter Grass ($1.37)
- Home Zone Small Round Wire Basket ($2.50)
- Pansy Artificial Flower Bunch ($3.00)
When I told the boys we were going to be dyeing Easter eggs today, they were pretty excited. Dyeing Easter eggs is a tradition that we haven’t done as a family for many years. The egg dyeing kit that I decided on was the Dudley’s Eggceptional Decorating Kit in Majestic because it looked easy to do from the instructions on the back (no mixing involved) and the finished look gives the eggs a bit of a sparkle. The 12 Plastic Decorating Eggs can be dyed and decorated just like real eggs. But before we began the dyeing process I noticed that the plastic decorating eggs had a gritty, powder that was coating them so to make sure that our dye would adhere to our eggs I just gave them a quick rinse under cold tap water and dried them thoroughly before proceeding to follow the directions on how to dye our eggs using the Dudley’s Eggceptional Majestic Decorating Kit.
Since I knew that I would be turning these decorative eggs into our table’s Easter centerpiece, I tried to match our eggs as best I could with the faux flowers that I picked out at Walmart using the dye that came in our kit. We used some of the dye straight for a few of the eggs while some of the others we mixed two or more colors together to get a more custom color for our centerpiece. It was fun experimenting and trying to figure out what color combination would match the flowers the best. After we were done dyeing all of our plastic decorating eggs, I set them aside for several hours to dry completely before proceeding to put together our centerpiece.
The centerpiece is pretty simple and straight forward to put together. I think the toughest part is picking one favorite bunch of flowers from Walmart’s floral department. They have a wide variety of artificial flowers to choose from in a variety of price points. Our pansy floral bunch was only $3 and was the perfect size for the small round wire basket that I also found in the craft department at Walmart. I personally love the look of these wire baskets and can see using them as decoration for a variety of different seasons and holidays.
To assemble our Easter Egg Wire Basket Centerpiece, I first put a small amount of paper Easter grass in the bottom of our wire basket. Then I layered our dyed decorative eggs along the sides of basket leaving the middle empty. If you don’t like the look of the Easter grass one could easily fill the entire basket with decorated eggs (I would do 2 dozen decorative eggs instead of just 1 in this case) to achieve a similar look. The paper Easter grass does a great job of holding our floral arrangement in place without the use of floral foam. Once our base of Easter grass and decorative eggs are layered in our wire basket then I filled the center with more paper Easter grass and added more to the top to balance out the look. Next, I clipped the individual stems of artificial pansies from our bunch and arranged them in the center of our wire basket between the decorative eggs. What I like about using artificial flowers for decoration is that unlike real flowers, artificial flowers can be arranged, moved, and bent to your desired location because of the wire stem. I’m not the best at floral arrangements but I can make it work by bending a few wires here or moving leaves to the top of the stem there. Once the flowers have been arranged to your liking you are done and the arrangement is ready to be displayed on your Easter tablescape.
The photo above I took in my backyard on an old iron picnic table that we have and I think it looks beautiful there. I think it’s a simple and easy way to not only show off your children’s creativity from your family egg dyeing activity but it also adds a little something to the table for outdoor entertaining on Easter afternoon when the grown-ups are hanging out at the picnic tables while the kids are playing in the backyard. The best part about these 12 plastic decorating eggs is that they can be saved and used again next year. Why not start a new family tradition of painting an Easter egg every year and displaying them in a table centerpiece like the floral arrangement above or just a simple bowl of everyone’s own individually decorated Easter egg.