The Easter holidays are about to descend upon us and as we all know, eggs will play a big part in the festivities. If we’re not scoffing them, we’ll be hunting for them, and if we’re not hunting them, we’ll be decorating them. Yes, egg decorating is a popular Easter tradition which kids love – however there’s nothing to stop adults from getting in on the fun too!
Egg decorating is great fun and your creativity will know no bounds. However it is advisable not to eat the eggs unless you are a hundred per cent certain that the eggs have been safely cooked and stored and were decorated with non-toxic paints. And for those of you who hate seeing food go to waste, stale eggs were just made for egg decorating!
TRADITIONAL VINEGAR DYE METHOD
YOU WILL NEED:
- Carefully arrange eggs in a single layer in a large pan.
- Add the dye and 2tbsp of vinegar for every litre of water.
- Leave the eggs to simmer for 15-20mins.
- If you wish to have a stronger colour, you can leave the eggs to cool in the dye water.
There are a variety of ways in which you can colour the eggshells. You could add food colouring, adding more drops in order to increase the intensity of the shade. Or you can channel or inner Barbara Goode in order to create the following natural dyes:
- Strong coffee or tea will give different shades of brown.
- Turmeric can be used for yellow.
- Boiled red cabbage water will produce an indigo shade.
- Boiled spinach water will give green (naturally!)
- Red wine, blueberry or red grape juice will give a variety of purple shades.
- Use paprika if you want a deep orange shade.
- Boiled beetroot water will produce a claret shade.
- Cranberry or raspberry juice gives pink.
- Onion skins tied around the eggs with cotton thread gives a mottled brown effect.
ADDING A PATTERN
There are numerous ways you can add interest to your decorated eggs by creating a pretty design:
- Wrap the egg in rubber bands before placing in the dye water.
- Add 1tbsp of olive oil to the dye to create a marbled effect.
- Using a white wax crayon, draw on designs before placing in the dye. Unwanted wax can be removed afterwards by placing eggs in a warm oven with the door until the wax melts. Then wipe off with a paper towel.
- Cut shapes out of masking tape then place on egg before putting in dye.
- Place egg in old tights, stocking, or scrap of old net curtain.
- Put egg in net bag for oranges or lemons.
DECORATING EGGS BY HAND
This is how we were taught to decorate eggs at school. The best bit was blowing the contents out of the shell!
YOU WILL NEED:
Quick drying Acrylic paints
- Gently pierce a hole at the top and bottom of the egg with the pin.
- Blow the contents out into a bowl.
- Decorate eggs as you wish using a range of decorating materials.