Easter Egg Dyeing – The Easy Way!
There are endless ways to decorate Easter eggs, but here are some basics that make it easy for any member of the family to create beautiful eggs.
First, prepare the eggs. I like to boil mine because it’s easier than blowing out the eggs’ insides. Plus, the eggs become an instant snack that can be eaten at any time.
The best way to make hard boiled eggs is to put them in a big pot and cover them with cool water, so the water is about an inch over the eggs. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn the temperature down to a slow simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes covered.
As soon as the eggs are done, submerge them in cold water so the yolks don’t become discolored.
I like to dry the eggs on a towel and place them back into the carton. That way, I can put them in the refrigerator while preparing the dyes.
Use any Easter egg dye you like and prepare the dyes according to the package instructions.
An easy way to embellish the eggs is to draw a design using a wax crayon. Drop the egg in the dye. The wax will displace the dye and reveal the design. This works best when using a light colored crayon and a dark dye.
You can also use melted wax to create designs. Melt a bunch of used candle stumps in a double boiler.
Dip the egg into the wax, or apply the wax with a brush.
Then dye your egg. The wax can be removed by placing the eggs in a 250-degree oven for a few minutes and then wiping the wet wax with a cloth.
Wrap a rubber band around an already dyed egg and then place in another color dye.
This works best when the original dye is lighter than the second dye.
For a multi-colored egg, just dip the ends in dye. Then, dye the whole thing in a lighter color.
If you want to get really fancy, use tissue paper and decoupage glue or acrylic gel medium to decorate your eggs. Just cut or tear the paper into any shape and paint the glue or medium on top. Keep in mind, you may not be able to eat these eggs because the dyes in the paper or glue may be toxic. However, if you make the effort to blow the insides of the egg out, this is a great technique.
While your eggs are drying, make an easy bird’s nest to display them in.
Make a small loop using any wire.
Wrap Spanish moss around the wire using a natural string like jute. The moss clumps together, so you only need to tie it in a few places.
Once the wire is covered, make another wire loop a little bigger than the first one.
Follow the same procedure, but leave the ends of the string long, so the two moss wreaths can be tied together.
Tie the wreaths together, so the smaller one is on the bottom. Then, adjust the moss to hide any exposed wire and fill in the center.
Fill the nest with Easter eggs for a nice centerpiece.
No matter how you decorate them, it’s always fun to make Easter eggs. Have a great holiday!