Who says the Easter fun has to stop when you become an adult? Amy Larkin from The Glitter in My Tea shows us today that with just a handful of supplies you can create a colorful (and chocolate free) Easter DIY project that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. We can’t wait to try these with a cheeky little cocktail…
Here is what Amy Larkin has to say about this exclusive Easter DIY she created, “Easter is one of my favorite holidays in terms of DIYs, but the Easter holiday brings some of my favorite traditions, also. I’m talking about Easter egg hunts! There’s nothing more fun than hunting for (or watching your children or nieces and nephews hunting for) all the hidden eggs. I love the delight of being surprised! And let me tell you, this project holds some delightful surprises. It’s super fun to see how your ice cubes turn out once you pop them out of the plastic eggs! And it’s also really fun to see what color your drink turns as the ice melts! (By the way, I recommend using a clear or light beverage, otherwise it’s hard to see the pretty colours!).”
- Mini plastic Easter eggs
- Food coloring + water
- Small bowls (at least 6)
- Plastic syringes (I used infant acetaminophen syringes)*
- Pencil or pen
- Duct tape
- Ice cube tray or egg carton
- A freezer
1. First thing you’ll need to do is prep the plastic Easter eggs. Be sure to either soak the eggs in hot soapy water, rinse, and dry them, or run them through the dishwasher on the top rack. Next, using either a pencil or a pen, stretch out a single hole so that it’s large enough to insert the plastic syringe. (See this picture if you’re confused what holes I’m talking about!)
Tip: Do this by sticking the pencil or pen in a hole from the inside of the egg, pushing out. That way any stretched out plastic won’t protrude inside the plastic egg where the ice cube will be forming.
Tip: If it’s too difficult to stretch out the plastic, use a lighter to warm up the plastic around the hole for only a few seconds, then use the pencil/pen to stretch out a hole. But be warned, if you do this, please be safe with the open flame!
2. Next, cut off small strips of Duct tape, and use them to cover up any other remaining holes on the plastic Easter eggs. Press firmly on the strips of Duct tape.
3. Now it’s time to make the colored water. I mixed red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Fill the small bowls with water, and add your food coloring.
Tip: Here’s my exact mixing ratios for the colors I used.
Red: 5 drops of red
Orange: 1 drop of red + 4 drops of yellow
Yellow: 5 drops of yellow
Green: 2 drops of green
Blue: 2 drops of blue
Purple: 1 drop of red + 1 drop of blue + dump out/add water until you get desired shade of purple
Pastel colors: Either add more water, or fewer drops of food coloring.
4. The actual process of making the ice cubes takes a while; expect it to take at least 24 hours, depending on how complex you make your Easter egg ice cubes. Close the Easter eggs, making sure they’re all shut completely. Assemble them in your ice cube tray or the egg carton (this will help them stay upright during the freezing process).
5. Using a plastic syringe, suck up some colored water of your choice, insert it in the hole you created, and inject the colored water. Do this with every egg. This is your first layer.
6. Put the ice cube tray or egg carton in your freezer for 3-5 hours (maybe more, maybe less depending on the power of your freezer), then add your next layers. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until your eggs are complete.
Tip: With your very last layer, don’t fill up the egg with water all the way to the top. Leave a little room since water expands when it turns into ice.
7. When you’re ready to use the ice, first remove the duct tape pieces. If any ice has overflowed out of the holes, use a knife to pick it off. Then pry open the plastic egg, and wiggle the plastic until the ice pops out.
Tip: Sometimes it helps the ice come out if you hold the egg under hot water for several seconds to help it loosen up.
*This post is not sponsored by Infant Tylenol in any way.