One of my family’s Easter traditions is coloring Easter eggs. Even though my kids are getting older they still enjoy gathering around the table and coloring eggs. It’s fun to see what they come up with year after year. When they were little they used to make a mess (but it was a fun mess). Now that they are old they are a bit neater about it. My daughter, for example, tried to make a tie-dye looking egg this year.
We have only ever used PAAS Easter Egg coloring kits. If you do a search on my site you’ll find a few of the posts I have done over the years featuring PAAS kits.
Did you know that every year 180 MILLION eggs are decorated during the Easter season. WOW! That is a lot of egg salad. LOL!
This year PAAS has seven brand new decorating kits for you to enjoy.
- Volcano Eggsplosion – Use crayon shavings to create eggsplosive designs on your Easter Eggs.
- Deggorating Doodles – Food grade markers you can use to doodle on your Easter Eggs.
- Touch of Velvet – This kid uses double stick adhesive and “flocking” powder to create fuzzy, velvet shapes on your Easter Eggs.
What I love about PAAS kits is that they have everything you need with the exception of eggs, vinegar and water. If you don’t use the PAAS egg cups you’ll need cups too.
Did you know that vinegar, like Heinz Distilled White Vinegar, helps to make the colors bright. I never knew that vinegar did that. All I know is that my mom always used vinegar when we colored eggs. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I knew the reason why.
The best way to use Heinz Distilled White Vinegar is to add one tablet of egg coloring and 3 tablespoons of Heinz Distilled White Vinegar to a PAAS Coloring Cup (or a disposable cup). Once the tablet has dissolved completely add 1/2 a cup of water and stir.
Did you know if you add 2 tablespoons of Heinz Distilled Vinegar per quart of water before placing eggs in the pot you can keep the eggs from cracking. It will also make the shells peel off faster. I never knew that. I’m going to do that every time I make hard boiled eggs from now on.
Heinz Distilled White Vinegar is readily available at any grocery store, drug store and mass retailer. You can get a pint (16 ounces) for as little as $1.34 and $1.99 for a quart (32 ounces). Since we use vinegar for a lot of things around our home, from cooking to cleaning, I like to pick up the larger bottles.
My family had a great time coloring eggs this weekend. We used the PAAS kits pictured above with the exception of the Volcano Eggsplosion. Normally we color eggs shortly after they are done boiling, which we had planned on doing yesterday. However something came up and we had to leave so I put the eggs in the fridge. We didn’t get to color them until yesterday evening. By then the eggs were cold. In order to use the Volcano Eggsplosion the eggs have to be hot enough to melt the crayon shavings. I did’t want to boil the eggs again because I didn’t want to overcook the inside. I also didn’t have anymore eggs to boil more. So we were unable to use that kit. That is OK. We’ll save it for next year.
Here are a few photos from our “egg-stra” special evening.
My kids (including my hubby and myself) had a fun time coloring eggs. We did nearly 2 dozen. I say nearly because the kids had a few prior to coloring them.
Here are a few of the finished eggs.
My husband used the PAAS Egg Doodle Markers to write the word “Dallas” on one of the eggs (top right photo). You can see some of the Velvet eggs (blue velvet egg design in the bottom left photo and the green/yellow egg with the pink velvet bunny- top left). There is also a heart that was drawn with one of the Doodle Markers (top left0. We used some of the stencils that came with the Doodle Markers but the only one seen in the photos above is a blue butterfly that was accidentally smudged because it was still wet when put in with the other eggs.
This year PAAS and Heinz have teamed up to create a fun, FREE Easter Egg Decorator App. It’s available both online and for the iPad. Simply search for PAAS/Heinz in the iTunes App Store. If you would like to decorate eggs on your computer simply visit www.HeinzPaasEaster.com.
In addition to enjoying decorating virtual eggs, Heinz and PAAS will donate $1.00 for every virtual egg that is shared with family and friends, up to $25,000, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (www.Wish.org). The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants the wishes for children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses.
I think this is a wonderful thing. You get to enjoy decorating eggs, your friends and family get to receive virtual Easter Eggs and money is going towards the Make-a-Wish Foundation to help make wishes come true for very sick children. ♥
The app is available now until March 31st.
Decorating the virtual eggs is super easy to do. Even children can enjoy decorating the virtual eggs. It might also provide them with some inspiration on ways they can decorate real Easter eggs.
PAAS Kits can be found at most major drug stores, grocery stores and mass market stores. They retail for around $4.25 on average.
For more information about PAAS please visit www.PaasEasterEggs.com.
If you would like more information about Heinz Vinegar visit www.HeinzVinegar.com.
*I received free product samples from PAAS and Heinz to help facilitate my review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.