If your kids are bored of making “ordinary” dyed Easter eggs, I’ve got a cool idea for you: Minecraft Easter eggs! Eggs are one of the few things in Minecraft that aren’t square, so they’re easy to reproduce with real chicken eggs! They come in a ton of colors and they’re pretty fun to make. You can even craft your eggs from paper eggs so they last forever!
Mitch and I have been working on this idea all weekend, and we’ve dyed and painted almost two dozen eggs! We’ve worked on both hard boiled eggs and artificial paper eggs that I found in the holiday aisle at Walmart. I’m really liking the fake eggs because we don’t have to worry about putting them in the refrigerator! These can stay out on display all the time–a real bonus. (Note: You can also get the eggs in Chalk Board Paint!)
For our real hard boiled eggs we used a combo of dye, crayon and Sharpie marker. The paper eggs won’t dye well (they float) so we used paint for the base color and Sharpie marker for the spots.
Minecraft Spawn Eggs
First, a little info on eggs for my non-gamer parents! There are two kinds of eggs in Minecraft. One are plain ol’ chicken eggs, that pop out of chickens you might have in your game, whether creative or survival. These are normal eggs and can be used in recipes to craft cake and pumpkin pie. If you throw the egg you have a small chance of hatching a baby chick. I know, that’s not how it really works…but it’s Minecraft. What can I say?
The other eggs are called “spawn” eggs, because they allow the player to hatch (a.k.a. spawn) mobs at will. Mobs, as you know, are any living creature in the game that’s not the player. Spawn eggs can produce monsters (zombies and creepers), friendly animals (sheep and pigs) or even…villagers. Yeah, it’s a weird game.
Spawn eggs are only available on Creative mode, or some multiplayer servers. For example, we play at Cubeville.org where you can use in game credit to purchase spawn eggs to make pets or livestock for your farm.
As you can see, spawn eggs are very pretty! Each color represents a different mob. You can use the chart above to help pick out your colors.
We decided that the blocks look a bit like Tetris pieces, so we used that as a basic guide when we made our own dyed Minecraft eggs. You can also decorate the eggs with squares if you get tired!
We tried out three techniques to make our Minecraft Easter Eggs: traditional dye with crayons, dye with markers, and paint with markers. If you’re using hard boiled eggs you want to eat later, stick with the dye. If you’re using hollow paper mache eggs, you’ll need to use paint. We tried to dip the paper eggs in dye…and they float. We didn’t have the patience to hold them under the dye for that long!
Traditional Dye Recipe
The best Easter egg dye is plain ol’ food coloring, vinegar and hot water. Not only does it work the best, it’s available all year! Why wait for Easter to make Minecraft eggs??
Food Coloring Dye Recipe
In a large mug:
- 2 tsp vinegar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 5 to 20 drops of dye
This is double the recipe found on your box of food coloring, but I like to make sure my eggs are totally submerged. Or maybe my coffee mugs are just too big. If you need help mixing the right color, Martha Stewart has a great chart here.
Minecraft Easter Eggs
To make a Minecraft Easter Egg you need to first decide WHAT spawn egg it should be. Kids can be a stickler for details! The easiest eggs to copy with traditional dye and crayon are those with light spots–you dye the egg the color of the spots, color the spots with a crayon, then dip the egg in the “base color.” I’ll be truthful, only our Blaze egg turned out looking well. We weren’t able to dye any eggs black, even with a special bottle of black food coloring I had. The eggs looked kinda…sickly brown. Blah!
The best method with traditional dye is to use a marker–we used Sharpies. Simply dye your egg whatever the base color will be, then set the egg aside to dry. Then draw your spots on with a marker!
Paper Mache/Wooden Eggs are awesome for making Minecraft eggs–after all that work, your kids will want to display their creations! Artificial eggs are too hard to dye, so I’d recommend using paint. I found a really good method to get the paint on the egg, and not your fingers: use a sandwich bag. Put your egg in the bag and squirt just a dab of paint on it…like a pea sized dollop. Zip up the bag and smoosh it around until the egg is covered. Open the bag and carefully place on a pin board to dry.
A pin board?? We found the best drying method is with a pin board! Placing the eggs in a paper ring or back in the carton leave marks. Make a pin board by pushing straight pins through a piece of cardboard or styrfoam. Or you can tap a bunch of finishing nails into a board and use that!
Fellow Minecraft mom Bec over at MineMum also tried electrical tape to make perfectly uniform spots on their spawn eggs. They turned out pretty awesome, though she said the tape was hard to remove. You’ll find that some patterns don’t even need dye! Sheep and Wolf eggs both have a white base, so you can use regular eggs for those and just draw on the spots. Rabbits and Villager eggs both have brown as a base, so you can use brown chicken eggs!