A Fun Food Craft for Kids to Make at Easter
One year next to the Jell-O at the grocery store, I found plastic molds to make beautiful colorful Jell-O Easter eggs. My girls were little and so excited as we all love Jell-O. I excitedly told my Aunt Lois of the molds I had found, and she informed me that years and years past our family had always made Jell-O Easter eggs.
Aunt Lois and my mother, Christene, did not have the plastic molds the 20’s and 30’s, Their mother, my grandmother, taught them how to cut tiny holes at the top of their breakfast eggs, and bottom of the eggs, and blow out the inside. This process takes a lot of heavy breathing, but the result was a beautiful empty egg shell. These eggshells would be used for dying for Easter decorations, and for filling with Jell-O to make Jell-O eggs.
***Warning: I would never recommend nowadays that you use an actual egg for your Jell-O eggs because of the danger of disease).
Check out your local grocery store, or look on Amazon or Ebay for similar plastic eggs molds to the ones I purchased years ago. I think it is fascinating that the crafts we believe are new, the women of past generations discovered years ago. Lucky for us we have fun plastics to make this craft safe and easy.
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Supplies you will need for Jell-O Eggs:
- Plastic egg molds
- Different colors of Jell-o ( I use sugar-free)
- 4 Cup large Pyrex measuring cup
- Beautiful dish to display your eggs
- Spray oil
- Tooth Pick
- Food Coloring
Keep in mind like many of the edible holiday crafts, if you want to have these around for Easter morning, you may have to hide them in the refrigerator.
If using the small pack of Jell-O, heat 2 cups of water to boiling (about 5 min in my microwave) and mix for 2 minutes in the 2 small packages of Jell-O for 2 minutes. I use my big 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup as once the Jell-O is mixed it is easy to pour into the mold.
Do not skimp on this step, as you want the Jell-O to be well mixed. As you want these to hold together, I then add only 1/2 cup of cold water. (Do not use ice cubes)
When jello is dissolved add 1/2 cup of cold water and mix.
Spray the plastic mold generously and seal together tightly. Double check that the mold is closed or you will have the Jell-O leak out.
Pour Jello into the molds and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning unfold carefully. Use a toothpick to loosen the top to make it easier to get the egg out whole. Ease a knife slowly around the mold to open and run the toothpick around the bottom to again keep them from breaking. (Just remind the kids to not get upset if they break that only means you get to eat them)
Hide until Easter 😉
I love to make a beautiful presentation so I colored coconut green to look like Easter grass. Just add a few drops of green food coloring about 6 and thin with water.
For a large family Easter dinner, I put these in a large bowl and set on the table. If I want to get a little fancy when the kids are old enough not to spill I put the eggs in a wine glass in a bed of coconut grass.
For more posts in the Easter Menu Series, check out these!