Pinterest and other Internet sites are fueling the creative fire for 2014’s decorating and dyeing trends for Easter eggs.
Ditch the decorating and dyeing kits and do it yourself. Seriously, these ideas may involve a few more steps with increased waiting times, but they may not take much more effort than pouring vinegar and dye tablets in boring old water anyway.
Its trendy to go green! Ancient peoples used nature for their dyes. Do the same this year as you dye your eggs! Vegetables, fruits and spices can create new, albeit subdued, hues you never thought possible.
Mainly, you boil the natural substance then place the egg in it with a bit of vinegar.
- To make brown eggs, make a pot of coffee and place enough of it in a bowl (probably 1 C) to cover your eggs. Add 1 TBSP vinegar.
- To make yellow eggs, put 1/4 C turmeric in a cup of boiling water. Add 2 tsp vinegar.
For further study, here is an instructional video from Alice Currah at PBS.org. There is also a printable recipe sheet from PBS.org with all the ingredients you’ll need and how to prepare them for dye time. Also, Better Homes and Gardens has a phenomenal write-up on natural ways to make a plethora of colors. But the main thing to remember is that these natural eggs may need to soak for at least an hour — if not overnight in a bowl in the fridge — to reap the richest tones.
Forgo the stark white eggs you normally pick up in the stores, and consider beginning with a different base color of egg like tan or medium brown. You may come out with some unique results!
If you want to add a little ‘bling’ to those naturally-colored eggs, take some time to add ‘speckles’ or other designs with a gold permanent marker after dyeing.
Then, shine those eggs up by wiping them with a paper towel and a smidgen of olive or vegetable oil after they’ve dried!
If you hate painstakingly coloring eggs and you’re not necessary a ‘go green’ person, this is an idea for you! Use a glow-in-the-dark spray paint like Krylon’s Glowz which will put a translucent layer over top of your hard-boiled egg. If you don’t care about the details, just spray the eggs completely and forget about a design (even forget about dyeing them if you want).
Words of note: Obviously, don’t eat spray painted eggs. Actually, instead of using the entire egg, you may want to first prick the raw eggs with a pin and blow out the yolk. Then, wash the eggs shells and you won’t have to worry about stinky eggs if your kids want to bask in their glow for a while. Here is an instructional video from Monkeysee.com so you can visually follow how to remove the yolk from egg shells.
Give the egg shells two or three coats, following the directions on the particular can of spray paint you choose. Make sure you choose a well-ventilated area while spraying.
If your craftiness wants to shine through, make designs where parts of the eggs glow and others don’t. Just place stickers or masking tape on the shells, and then spray paint. Now, take off the stickers or tape and you have a blocked out shape(s) that will look uber cool in the dark.
Before hiding, expose the egg shells to sunlight or place them under a lamp to charge up the paint. (Again, this is a good time to check with the instructions on the back of the paint can.) Now, put them outside right before sunrise or at sunset.
In you want to hide them inside, hide them in a spacious area in your home where people won’t trip and hurt themselves. Turn out the lights but keep a nightlight or two on for safety or give the egg detectives flashlights.
Get a Little Salty
Here’s a fun decorating idea from Networx.com for the neon-colored, plastic egg variety. You can make the eggs look like sour candies!
To do that, use a glue like the infamous Mod Podge. Brush it on each plastic egg. Then, roll the eggs in a bowl of Epsom salts. (Epsom salts can usually be found in your supermarket with the first-aid items like hydrogen peroxide or Isopropyl alcohol. Many times, you can buy them in an easy-to-pour, milk-like carton since you won’t need too much for each egg.) The salt will make it look like the egg has a sugar coating.
The glue and epsom salts charm works with real egg shells, too. But if you’ve naturally dyed the eggs, they are probably subtle colors that won’t necessarily look like neon-colored gummy candies. Oh well, they will look sparkly though!
If you do want to blow the yolks out of the egg to have an empty shell to work with, there’s an extra benefit. You can preserve your egg shell creations! Give them a couple of coats of Mod Podge on the outside. (Mod Podge also makes a spray sealant.) On her blog, Aunt Peaches suggests also coating the inside of the egg shell with Mod Podge, too, and you can click here for her instructions on how to do that. I’ve heard some crafters mention that they’ve been able to keep their creations for decades!
Which dyeing or decorating trend will you try? Will you mix and match some of the above techniques? Let me know how it goes by commenting below! Happy Easter!