7 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs
It was Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and Valentines Day back to back! It went so fast that for all I know, it could have all been smashed within 2 weeks! Whew… Time to finally get a holiday break…. oh, wait…
Easter will be here before you know it! Sunday, April 1st! That’s right, April Fools and Easter are colliding! Beware!
One of everyone’s favorite crafts at Easter is decorating eggs. Who doesn’t love a good messy holiday craft?
I’m going to give you some fun alternatives from the newbie to the novice!
Getting started – egg prep
You can decorate eggs two different ways, hard boiled or empty…please don’t decorate raw eggs and let them spoil…I’ve seen it happen more than once, so I think a disclaimer is necessary at this point!
For hard boiled eggs, place in a pot and cover with water 2 inches above the eggs. Turn stove to high and let it reach a strong boil. Turn off, cover, and let sit for 12-13 minutes. Gently remove the eggs and run under cold water or dunk into an ice water bath to discontinue cooking.
For empty eggs, poke a hole on both ends of the egg with a seam ripper or toothpick. The hole will need to be about the size of four toothpick holes combined. Insert the toothpick and swirl around to break up the yolk. Gently blow through one hole and watch the yolk come out the other side.
1. Traditional Dye
I find that clear, disposable cups or rocks glasses work best so you can see the water level, the color, and it’ll be open enough to easily insert an egg…however, this can be very messy…but it’s craft time! Get messy!
Boil a pot of water and get out your measuring cup.
Put about 1 to 1 1/2 cups hot water into each container. (Enough to cover an egg)
Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar (this ensures that the color really seeps in and sticks quickly).
Add in your food coloring.
The darker and more vibrant you want, the more drops you’ll need.
You shouldn’t have to add more than 20 drops of coloring to each container (for the new fangled gel dyes, I usually do 2 generous squirts). Use all one color or mix and match to come up with bright turquoise, purple, magenta and more.
For traditional dye, use a whisk instead of a little wire or spoon for unsteady little hands.
2. Marble with Nail Polish
Get a disposable cup or container full of cold water.
Drip different nail polish colors on top.
Create patterns with a toothpick.
Slowly dip the eggs to pick up the pattern.
3. Crayon & Dye
Draw with a white crayon.
Dye like normal and see the designs magically appear.
4. Fabric or Tissue Paper (or feathers… or yarn)
Paint Mod Podge onto both sides of the fabric or paper.
Lay onto the egg as flat as possible.
Do a top coat of Mod Podge.
Cover eggs with Mod Podge.
Roll in a glitter bath. (I prefer disposable bowls so you can roll them with minimal mess)
6. Marbled with Cream
This is my favorite!
Soak eggs in vinegar for 5 minutes in order for them to take on as much color as possible.
Throw out a thick coat of shaving cream and smooth (or cool whip if your play needs to be edible).
Drop food coloring and gently make designs by pushing into cream with a toothpick or spoon (don’t over mix).
Roll eggs in creamy design.
Let eggs sit in fridge for 30 minutes.
Rinse under cool water.
7. Silk Dye
For advanced egg decorators! This works best with empty eggs so you have to be very careful (hence the “advanced”).
Grab an old silk tie or silk scarf.
Cut the silk fabric large enough to wrap around the egg and be tied off.
Cut a light, plain colored fabric the same size.
Dunk silk fabric in water (wring out excess).
Wrap wet silk fabric around egg.
Wrap your dry, light colored fabric around the silk fabric.
Make tight and tie all loose ends with twine.
Place bundled up eggs in a gallon of boiling water.
Add 3/4 cup vinegar.
Boil for 30 minutes.
Unwrap and let dry.
CAUTION: Because eggs are hollow, they will be filled with hot water!
Hard boil eggs and let cool.
Roll to crackle the shells but DO NOT PEEL!!
Drop into glasses of water with food coloring.
(You’ll want to use water with food coloring so it’s taste safe and delicious. Don’t go with traditional egg dye or vinegar dye!)
THEN peel off the shells for crackled deviled egg treats!
Fill with traditional egg filling or guacamole!