We know that a certain upcoming holiday is a kid favorite: chocolate bunnies! Easter eggs filled with candy! But for us parents, whether we’re planning a massive meal, Easter crafts for kids or just having a fun afternoon with the fam, there’s tons of stuff to tackle before the big day. In hopes of helping you cut back on prep time and actually enjoy yourself, we found 11 hacks that’ll take you from decorating to the final hunt with ease. Scroll down to see them all.

1. Baked, Not Boiled Eggs

Instead of waiting around for your water to boil, put room temperature eggs in a muffin tin and place in the oven at 325 for 30 minutes. Then, place in ice cold water for perfect "hard-boiled" eggs. 

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2. Whisk to Dye Eggs

Dyeing Easter eggs is an activity that kids love. But, the clean-up can be a bit of a challenge. Take the mess out of the equation by using this genius hack from Simple Moments Stick—stick the eggs inside a whisk and have your little ones dunk them in the dye. This will help prevent big spills and still allow everyone to have a good time.

3. Place Blown Out Eggs on Skewers for Easy Dyeing

We know the biggest struggle in painting, dyeing and decorating these slippery little suckers is the mess your kids get into. But, that all changes today! First, blow out or drain the eggs. Then, use skewers to stick through the middle of the egg and balance each one inside an egg carton. This will allow you to decorate, rotate and dry each egg without the extreme mess.  

4. Rubber Band Designs on Easter Eggs

Want to make designs on your kiddos’ Easter eggs easier to achieve? Try using rubber bands to create intricate outlines. No need to worry about staying inside the lines. Let your kiddos paint or dye the eggs with all of their favorite colors and remove the bands to reveal an amazing design!  

5. Avoid Dye Altogether

Don't want to even touch the messy stuff? Consider using one of these awesome no-dye options, instead. 

6. Grow Your Own Easter Grass

There is so much plastic stuff when you’re celebrating Easter! From the Easter egg baskets to the chocolate bunnies and more. If you’re looking to cut back, follow our tutorial for growing your own Easter grass. This is a fun activity that the kids can help with all year, and it’s much more environmentally friendly than the fake stuff!

7. Use Baking Soda to Wash Dyed Hands

When it comes to Easter crafts for kids, a colored dye is a go-to for creating awesome eggs. Of course, keeping your kids’ hands clean can be difficult, so this year, try scrubbing your little ones’ hands with baking soda first, and then use the soap to finish the job.  

8. Make Bunny Footprints

We know your kids will be excited about their annual visit from their fluffy friend, and we have the perfect idea you can use to show your little ones that Mr. Easter Bunny has stopped by. Use chalk or paint to create adorable bunny footprints along your sidewalk or leading to your door for an awesome entrance.

9. Color Coded Easter Egg Hunt

It’s important for kids to share, but that can be difficult during Easter egg hunts because the goal is to collect as many eggs as possible. But, with this genius idea from Sew Many Ways… you can make sure everyone gets the same number of goodies. Try assigning each kid a color, and having them collect all of the eggs in that hue. For other creative Easter egg hunt ideas, click here

10. Egg Popsicles

Make good use of those leftover plastic eggs with this genius idea from A Kailo Chic Life. Create adorable egg popsicles that are a perfect snack for spring or summer parties. Click here for other great ideas for upcycling your plastic Easter eggs.

11. Make Maracas

Here's another way to use up some of those plastic eggs lying around. Use this hack from Made Everyday’s to easily transform your eggs into maracas that your kids can use to create beautiful music!

Which Easter hack are you going to use this year? Share with us in a comment below! 

— Natasha Davis

featured photo: Lentini via flickr 

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