Dyeing Easter eggs is a much-loved spring tradition not only in America, but all around the world. This year, make the most beautiful and creative Easter eggs ever by following these simple tips.
Before Dyeing Easter Eggs
First, select eggs that are large and not cracked or misshapen and carefully hard-boil all of them. To hard-boil eggs, place them in one layer in a pan and cover with them with water, adding water to a level one inch above the eggs. Cover the pot and, over medium heat, bring the water just to a boil. Then remove the pot from the heat and let the eggs stand, covered, in the hot water for about 15 minutes. Finally, drain off the water and cover the eggs with cold water and ice cubes until they are cooled.
Create a protected work surface for egg decorating by using an old plastic tablecloth, and make sure that lots of paper towels are handy to sponge up any messes. Set up somewhere for the eggs to dry before getting started: the empty egg cartons, the backs of egg-dye kit boxes, and anything else that stops the eggs from rolling away will work. Gather all the decorating supplies that are available.
Dyeing and Coloring Easter Eggs
The classic method of dyeing Easter eggs is to dip them into cups of dye made with water, white vinegar, and colored tablets; a variety of egg-decorating kits provide the necessary materials, including wire holders with which to dip the eggs. Before dipping any eggs, make sure that the dye is non-toxic. Remember that leaving the egg in the dye longer yields darker, richer colors.
One can also be creative even with the most basic of methods. After coloring an egg one color, let it dry and then put it in a different color of dye. Hold only half of the egg in one color, and then turn it around and dye the other side in a different color. Some special tools make it easy to raise and lower the position of the egg, resulting in striped eggs. Try different things and see what happens!
Decorating Easter Eggs
Other ways to make memorable Easter eggs involve other arts and crafts supplies. Use a white crayon to write secret messages on the plain eggs — when they are dipped in dye, the messages will reveal themselves in white! Put small stickers on the eggs before dying them, to leave white patches in the shape of the stickers, or add stickers after dyeing and drying.
After dyed eggs are dry, decorate with paint, glitter, feathers, sequins, googly eyes, pipe cleaners — anything that can be glued on to the shell. Several companies sell kits with shrink-wrap designs that require only a hairdryer or boiling water to stick onto the egg. As long as it stays on the outside, almost anything can be done to decorate a boiled and dyed egg, so be creative!
After Dyeing and Decorating Easter Eggs
After dyeing and decorating the eggs, and cleaning up the work area, what’s next? The eggs can be used as decoration, but if they are intended to be eaten, make sure they stay refrigerated. They can be hidden around the house, but most people find it more convenient and less messy to use plastic eggs. The eggs can of course be eaten plain, or used to make egg salad or deviled eggs or as topping for a green salad.
Perhaps most important is that the completed eggs are admired for what they are — beautiful and creative works of art.