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This undated photo provided by A Thrifty Mom shows the use of shaving cream and liquid food coloring to dye hard-boiled eggs which gives them a tie-dyed effect.

Frothy fun: dyeing Easter eggs in shaving cream

If dyeing Easter eggs with vinegar and color tablets is feeling old, reach for a new duo: shaving cream and liquid food coloring. 

It's a tactile project many kids will enjoy  especially swirling the colors into the cream.

"They thought it was really cool to drop the food coloring into the shaving cream and take the toothpick and swirl it," Sarah Barrand of Caldwell, Idaho, says of her four children. 

"And the shaving cream will actually even help clean up the mess afterward," she wrote in her blog, A Thrifty Mom.

As simple as the traditional egg-dyeing method but potentially messier, this method involves filling a deep-sided baking pan or sheet with an inch of shaving cream  no more, to be thrifty  and then smoothing it so colors won't run together. Randomly add drops of two to four colors  more than that "creates brown or ugly green," says Barrand. 

With a toothpick or lollipop stick, swirl the colors through the shaving cream, being careful not to over-mix. "Large swirls and loops will give the layering effect," writes Barrand in her blog.

Working from one end of the pan to the other in a straight line, roll a hard-boiled egg through the swirled colors and deposit it in an egg carton to dry. Wear rubber gloves or the food coloring will dye your hands. 

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