Want to make Jello eggs for Easter but you can’t find the coveted vintage Jello egg molds? Fear not, your Easter party is safe — today I will teach you how to make Jello eggs yourself from plastic eggs, no vintage Jello Jiggler egg mold required! Get that, along with the perfect Jello egg recipe.
Easy Jello eggs for Easter
Why make Jello eggs for Easter?
The question you should be asking yourself, my friend, is why not make Jello eggs for Easter?!
These Jello Easter eggs are super fun and super delicious; they look impressive sitting on a white bowl on your table and are a delightfully jiggly addition to any Easter party.
They also make a great edible sensory play activity for kids (or adults, hey no judgment).
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How to make Easter egg jello molds
Once upon a time, you could purchase Jello Jiggler Easter egg molds in stores; now, those vintage-style molds only seem to be available on eBay and Etsy.
If you don’t have any vintage egg molds, I am going to teach you how to make your own Easter egg Jello molds using items from the $1 store or Target.
I will admit that this method is more involved than “make jello and pour into egg mold” directions you can get with the vintage molds.
If you want to invest in a Jello mold that you can use every year, you might prefer purchasing the vintage Jello molds rather than making them yourself. In that case, you can go to Etsy and run a search for “Jello egg molds” and if you are lucky you will find a few sellers offering vintage molds!
If you already own a Jello egg mold you can skip the steps for making the mold and just go straight to the recipe!
If you don’t have the Jello Easter egg molds, read on.
Supplies to make Easter egg Jello molds:
- Plastic Easter eggs (I got mine for $1 at Target)
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- A drill and 3/16 drill bit (this is the kit I have)
- Food safe syringe, at least one
- Jello packets (have plenty on hand, in different colors)
- Cups or muffin pans
- Baking sheet
- Cooking spray
The amount of Jello and water you need is going to vary depending on the size of your plastic eggs. My eggs (which I purchased at Target) were medium-sized and I went through one box of Jello to make three eggs!
The cups, muffin pans, and baking sheets will be for holding/moving the Jello eggs while you are making them!
How to make Easter Jello eggs
Here are all the steps for making Jello eggs:
1. Assemble your supplies
Gather the supplies listed above and get everything in one place.
You will feel weird associating Jello with power tools — embrace the weird, my friend.
2. Drill the holes
Taking the LARGE end of the Easter eggs and drill one hole in the very center of the bottom. The size of your drill bit will depend on the size of the syringe you are using.
My egg already had two holes on either side of the center, so I put a slightly wider hole right in between (see the picture with the arrow indicating hole).
If your egg does not have extra holes, drill another hole to the side — this is going to help the air vent out when you are adding the liquid Jello!
*Please DO NOT hold the plastic egg in your hand while drilling the hole — place in a secure location and drill the hole slowly and carefully. I am holding the egg ONLY for demonstration purposes.
3. Wash, dry, and prepare your eggs
Take all of your eggs apart and wash thoroughly inside and out. Allow them to air dry fully or dry yourself before moving on to the next step.
I think they look like little peeping chicks!
4. Hot glue and spray the egg molds
Take all of your eggs and place them small-side-up in the cups or muffin pans. You want them to be held firmly in place. (I put my cups on top of a baking sheet so I could move them all at once easily.)
Heat up your hot glue gun and have glue sticks at the ready.
Using the hot glue gun, quickly apply hot glue generously to close the holes at the small end of the plastic eggs (obviously if your eggs don’t have holes at the small end you can skip this step).
Allow the hot glue to dry 10 minutes before the next step.
Once all of your eggs are fully dry, open and spray the insides lightly with cooking spray — this is going to help the eggs release nicely. Don’t skip this step! Close again after they have been sprayed.
*Why use hot glue instead of tape/plastic wrap/etc? I tested all other methods for creating these egg molds and all of them leaked horribly. In the end, hot glue was the only thing that sealed the egg molds completely.
*Is hot glue food safe? According to Dr. Google, hot glue is non-toxic – I felt okay using this small amount of glue and allowing to dry/cure for 10 minutes. BUT! I an not a doctor and I can’t tell you for sure it’s okay — if you are worried, I would suggest you buy the Jello egg molds from Etsy instead to be safe, or using something like these sphere molds to make Jello balls, which are also very fun.
5. Prepare the Jello
While the glue is drying, prepare the Jello.
Add 1 1/2 cup water to each package of Jello. You will not be adding any cold water, and this is 1/2 cup less than the typical Jello recipe, resulting in denser and firmer jello.
Keep all the various colors separate.
6. Fill the eggs with Jello
After the glue has dried, flip the eggs so that the large side with the open holes faces up.
Taking the 10 ml syringe, use it to suck up the liquid jello and then insert the syringe into the 3/16 wide hole in the bottom of the egg. Press on the plunger to eject the liquid Jello into the egg.
Go slowly, otherwise, you risk blasting the glue off of the bottom of the egg. I found that the best method is to:
- Insert the syringe
- Tilt the syringe towards one side of the egg
- Slowly press the plunger until empty
- Repeat until all eggs are filled!
Take a look at this video if you want to see me in action filling up the eggs!
7. Refrigerate Jello eggs
Once all of your eggs are filled to the brim, place them in the fridge. Refriderderate for 8 hours or overnight (overnight preferred).
8. How to remove Jello eggs
Once your eggs have set completely, it’s time to remove them!
Using your finger to block the holes at the bottom, hold the egg under warm running water for a could seconds. After that, press around the seams of the egg to try and loosen the egg. Then, very slowly and carefully press the seams of the egg halves until it opens and very slowly remove 1/2 of the egg.
After you get the first half off, smoosh around the bottom half to loosen the egg and then gently tilt it out onto a plate or bowl.
If you go to fast your eggs might fall apart into two pieces! Funnily enough, I found that the peach flavor was more prone to falling apart??? I have no idea why, unless I somehow just had a smidge too much water.
9. Play and/or eat!
Keep your eggs in the fridge until you are ready to eat and then serve cold!
If you like this recipe you might also enjoy these other awesome Jello recipes:
- Jello Ball Recipe (Looks Just Like Planet Earth!
- Vegan? Try this vegan-friendly marbled jelly recipe.
- Magical Jello Poke Cake Recipe
- The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Jello Jigglers
- Need a cool Moana party or Tikki party idea? Get this Jello recipe
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- 3 boxes (3 oz Jello, regular or sugar-free)
- 4 1/2 cups water, boiled
- cooking spray
- How many packs of Jello you need will depend on the size of your eggs and how many eggs you wish to make. See post for more details. We will be making 3 boxes, yielding 9 medium sized eggs.
- Use 1 1/2 cups of water for each one 3 oz pack of Jello.
- Pour the dry Jello into separate bowls for each color.
- Bring water to boil. Measure out 1 1/2 cup of boiling water and pour into the dry Jello mix, stirring for two minutes until fully dissolved.
- Repeat for each color of Jello.
- Allow the Jello to cool for 5-10 minutes. Using 10 ml plastic syringes, fill the jello egg molds until all the liquid jello is used up.
- Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight (overnight preferred). Run the plastic eggs under warm water for 10-15 seconds to release the Jello and remove the Jello eggs carefully from the egg molds
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 egg
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 106