Are you feeling creative just in time for Easter? This year forget those big plastic boxes and calorie heavy chocolate and decorate your own real egg for maximum colour and lasting fun!
Create something a little more traditional, by dunking your eggs in bright food dyes or decorating with festive pastel Easter shades.
Colourful Easter eggs. Image © istockphoto.com/peterpankostas
How to dye and decorate eggs for Easter
Decorating eggs can be an intricate art form, but basic dyeing is very simple. If you want to keep your eggs you'll need to blow them, otherwise use hardboiled ones.
Please note, parents or guardians will need to help and supervise children when following the steps below, in particular when using sharp objects and touching raw egg.
You will need:
- uncooked eggs
- food colouring or natural dyes
- jam jars or plastic cups to hold the dyes
- a pin or a needle
- a toothpick
- a thin straw
- a bowl or sink to collect the raw egg (if touching raw egg make sure you wash your hands afterwards)
- felt tip pens
- PVA glue
- acrylic paints
- small paint brush
How to blow out your egg
Blown eggs by Tashina Cavasoz on Flickr
- Take the uncooked egg and cradle it in your hand
- Find the top and the bottom of your egg and mark with a pencil
- Slowly, applying even pressure using a pin or needle, make a piercing at the top of the egg. You may need to chip away at it
- Do the same again at the bottom. The bottom hole should be slightly bigger than the top
- Take a toothpick and insert it into the top hole to break up the yoke which has a membrane
- Take your straw, sit it around the top hole and then blow until all the yoke and white is out. In-between blowing, you will need to keep poking with a toothpick until all the membrane is out
- Remember to make the hole that you’re not blowing out of a little bit bigger so that the egg can pass through. Tip: if the egg cracks slightly as you’re piercing it, you can still try blowing. Make sure you blow from the cracked end otherwise the pressure will cause the crack to fully break. You can seal it when you paint
- To clean, run hot water through the egg and use a straw to blow the extra water and egg out of the shell. If you plan to keep these for memories, let them dry and drain with the larger hole facing down for two to three days. Alternatively you can microwave the eggshells on high for 15-30 seconds, which might also make them stronger.
How to colour Easter eggs with food dye
Decorating Easter eggs. Image © istockphoto.com/hayesphotography
- Add a tablespoon of vinegar to half a cup of hot water, this will help to set the dye
- Add 20 drops of food colouring to each half cup of water and vinegar
- Mix to avoid marble colouring
- Lower the egg into the dye carefully so it covers the egg entirely (if the egg is blown use a chopstick or pencil to pin the egg underwater) and leave for a few minutes
- Carefully remove the egg and let it dry
- Decorate as you wish.
If you want to preserve your blown Easter eggs, so that it will look as nice in 20 years’ time as it does today, you can protect it with UV resistant spray - available from craft shops - to avoid artwork fading. Spray in short even coats all around the egg, let it dry and then do another coat. Your egg should now be preservable for years to come!
Coloured Easter eggs. Image © istockphoto/elenaleonova