Easter is coming soon and if you have children in your house, no doubt you will be decorating Easter eggs. Here are three decorating techniques you may not have tried.
Ukranian eggs are dyed with a wax-resist technique. There are many types of traditional eggs but Pysanka is how they are commonly known. Colored beeswax is heated and then picked up by a stylus. It is applied to the egg and allowed to harden. Once the wax has hardened and cooled it is melted off with a flame, and the dye remains on the egg. You can make incredibly intricate designs due to the delicacy of the stylus, and the eggs can be shellacked and kept for years. You can purchase a kit for making Ukranian eggs here.
Naturally Dyed Eggs
There are many fruits, vegetables, and products that you already have in your kitchen that can be used to make all-natural Easter egg dye. By boiling 1/4 of a head of red cabbage you can produce a dye that will leave your eggs blue. 1 cup of grape juice and 3 T of vinegar will produce a pretty, light purple. Eggs boiled in cranberry juice will come out a light pink color. 3T of paprika in a solution of vinegar water, boiling, will leave eggs a brick red hue. Wrapping eggs in onion skins, tied at random with string, and then boiled in water, will produce a cool marbled effect. For a deep, royal blue boil an entire head of chopped red cabbage and then soak the eggs in the remaining solution overnight. For golden tones use turmeric. If you want a deep gold boil the eggs in water and 3T of turmeric for 30 minutes. For a lighter gold you can just let the eggs soak in the room temperature turmeric solution for 30 minutes. As you can see, there are endless possibilities for colors and textures when using natural dyes.
Glitter eggs are one of the more fun variations on decorated Easter eggs. You will need some small containers, various colors of glitter, craft glue, and a smaller paintbrush. Dump the glitter into the containers. Apply glue to the egg with the paintbrush, and gently set the egg in the container with glitter. Use a spoon to spoon glitter all over the egg until it is completely covered. Remove the egg and sit it on waxed paper to dry for an hour.
There are so many easy, inexpensive ways to decorate Easter eggs there is no reason to dip and dye this year.