Categories: Family Fun Crafts
The first step to prepare your egg for decorating is to decide if you will blow out your egg or hard boil it. If you want to keep your egg ornament for years to come, you will need to empty the raw egg. Otherwise, hard boil your egg for a temporary decoration.
'Eggs-pert' Tip: It's recommended that you dye your egg first if you're going to blow it out in order to make submerging the egg in the dye easier.
Decorating eggs to is an art form that began centuries ago and usually involved dyeing eggs extravagant colours. Tints of times past were made from fruits, leaves, bark, coffee and roots but for today's busy households, far too time consuming! Luckily, we have a simpler way for your family to create colourful eggs.
'Eggs-pert' Tip: We recommend turning your eggs half way through the drying time to make sure the egg dries completely.
Be the 'Eggs-pert': To make a two-toned egg, dye the whole egg first in a light colour, let dry for 15 minutes, and then submerge half into a darker colour. Or, try using brown eggs to vary shades.
Use this technique for a psychedelic colour 'eggs-perience'!
'Eggs-pert' Tip: Hard boiled eggs work better for this style because they are less fragile to work with.
'Eggs-pert' Tip: To make the eggs extra psychedelic try wrapping them with two or three elastic bands before dying.
Dyeing eggs naturally is easy but requires all pots on deck as each colour needs its own pot to boil in. Place eggs in a pan and add water until the eggs are covered. Add one teaspoon of vinegar to help the colour seep to the eggs and add your choice of natural dye combinations. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Once you are pleased with the colour, remove the egg from the liquid and let dry.
'Eggs-pert' Tip: For a really intense colour, try soaking the egg overnight in the fridge.
Experiment with food stuff such as red onion skins, red cabbage, grape juice, beets, canned blueberries, cherries, turmeric, hibiscus tea, chili powder or fresh cilantro, and see what surprising colours you create.
'Eggs-pert' Tip: Naturally-coloured eggs won't be glossy but you can rub a touch of cooking oil over the dyed egg to add some shine-time to your creation.
To blow out your egg out follow these steps:
Now that your egg is colour-fied, let's get decorating! Here are some simple techniques to try at home with the whole family.
Use odds and ends on hand at home to add some pizzazz to your 'cre-egg-tion'! Markers, paint sets, sparkles, ribbons and yarn work perfectly for decorating eggs without too much time, fuss, or money.
Stickers are a fun, inexpensive, fuss-free way to decorate eggs. Have several packages of stickers available for kids to choose from.
Use equal parts glue and water to make diluted craft glue. Take an already dyed egg, apply glue mixture using a paint brush or sponge to half of the egg. Sprinkle superfine glitter over the glue covered half of the egg. Let dry completely. Cover the remaining parts of the egg with glue mixture and cover with the same or different glitter. Instant Disco!
'Eggs-pert' Tip: Touch ups can always be made with funky stickers or more glitter.
Glam up a dreary egg carton with glitter, stickers or paint and place decorated eggs back in their homeland for a charming centrepiece that won't roll away.
In some countries it is customary to celebrate the spring season by hanging hollow, decorative eggs from the branches of trees. Recreate the tradition this year at home and craft your own egg display.