Kids Arts and Crafts Activities

Melted Crayon Eggs for Easter


Melted crayon eggs are easier than you might think and fun to do with kids. Draw on hot eggs first for the best crayon resist effect on your Easter eggs.

Melted Crayon Eggs for Easter

We had so much fun last year with our melted crayon Easter eggs (and they were so beautiful!), that we made them again.

This year we were able to share the process with good friends who have been visiting from out of state.

Here are the photos and instructions…

How to Make Melted Crayon Eggs


  • White eggs, freshly hard-boiled and still hot*
  • Crayons
  • Egg dye kit

*How to Keep Your Eggs Hot

We boil our eggs, then just keep our eggs in the pan of hot water and a few out at a time to work on.

If you have cold hard-boiled eggs, you could put them on a baking sheet in a low-temperature oven (around 275 degrees Fahrenheit) to heat up.


Melted Crayon Eggs for Easter - Drawing on the Hot Eggs

Draw on the freshly boiled eggs with crayons. As the crayon touched the hot egg, it melts on smoothly, making vibrant designs.

Melted Crayon Eggs for Easter - Toddler Version

Even Daphne, age 1, enjoyed drawing on an egg (hers was warm, not hot).

Melted Crayon Eggs for Easter - Dyeing the Eggs

Dye your melted crayon eggs.

Maia and Nikhil both really got into dying their eggs (of course!) and watching how the melted crayon designs interacted with the dye colors they chose.

I really love this technique! So fun to make and such an artful end result!

Making Melted Crayon Easter Eggs with Kids

As you can see, all the colors look great, but if you draw on the eggs with white, yellow, or another light color, I think the crayon-resist results are especially striking.

We had lots of scribbles and doodles this time, but you can also draw images such as faces, flowers, mandalas, insects, or whatever!

How about you? Have you tried melted crayon eggs for Easter? If not highly recommend it!

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  • Reply
    [email protected]
    April 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Those are awesome!! i’m getting my egg on tomorrow:)

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    Hannah Sommerville
    April 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    What a fantastic technique! I might try these. Thanks :)

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    April 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Now that is something I have to try with my son. How very cool.

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    April 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

    looks great and so much fun

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    April 22, 2011 at 2:42 am

    great idea thanks

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    April 22, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Thanks for all your ideas on easter! This is all new to me, a these tradition was not one I had when I was growing up in Argentina. One dumb comment, but may help for others trying this for the first time ever: I could not find white eggs around here, so used brown ones – they don’t die and if they are painted, it does not look so well (or maybe it is my lack of abilities!)

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    Christie Burnett
    April 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

    They look so gorgeous, Jean. I think we might give this a try tomorrow!

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    [email protected]
    April 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    they are beautiful. We are doing the same thing tomorrow!

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    April 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I’m Jewish and my husband is Catholic, but as the at-home mom, crafty stuff is my responsibility! Thank you for this wonderful idea. I’m doing this with my kids today. We’re going to take them to my inlaws for on Sunday to decorate the table for Easter brunch.

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    April 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Oh Jean, these take my breath away! So gorgeous!!!! I miss you all terribly! Thanks for the glorious color infusion on this grey day. xo

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    April 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    such a cute idea for our little artists!

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    April 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    We did this today. I love how the crayon melts on the hot egg. SO COOL! Truth be told, I probably enjoyed it more than the kids. I may have to pick some more eggs…..

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author
    April 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    If you have the time, you can melt crayons stubs in an old muffin tin, and paint the designs on with old paintbrushes. (Henceforth, these brushes and this muffin tin will be used only for melting crayon.) I like how you melted on “hot eggs”. EASY! And I bet the kids thought it was fun too. I consider this an art experience … not craft… just so you know my thoughts on that!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm


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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Yeah, I’ve made the mistake of using brown eggs before, too. They definitely don’t dye nearly as well!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Let me know if you try it!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    :) We’ve done that on paper — painted with melted crayon. fun! I lined a muffin tin with foil so I could use it again for cooking.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    You need to come over and play soon!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I know! I need to pick up some more eggs, too!

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    April 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this great idea, so lovely. I’ve just had a simple first little go: Happy Easter!

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    [email protected]
    April 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    We usually tie dye our eggs, by only filling the dye cups half way and rotating eggs between colors…after seeing your post, we tried the hot egg, crayon resist, and it turned out so great. I have a 2 and 3 year old. It was perfect to split the “project” up into 2 parts. Coloring for about 10 minutes. And later in the day, dying for about 10 minutes. They loved it! Especially the passing eggs from color to color with tongs. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    April 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you so much for this idea! We had a blast with this tonight.

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    April 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Great idea….thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this!

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    April 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    We did this yesterday after reading your post and loved the result. My 5 daughters ages 1 – 13 all had a blast. Thank you!

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This year we painted wooden eggs, and planned to do some ‘natural dyes’ for the chicken eggs. After I completely fouled up the egg dye (really really badly) I was saved by this post.
    Thank you so so much!!!! Our eggs turnout AMAZING.
    much love,

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    April 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    thanks so much for this; my 3 year old (and my husband) had a blast drawing on the eggs before we colored them… SO MUCH FUN!!

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