Despite the fact that my oldest child is 21, this will be the first year in decades I dye my own Easter eggs. No more supermarket kits for me. After some research, I tried a few new techniques. My experiences are rated: G-good, B-bad, U-ugly.
Personified Eggs – G
There is a segment of the population who enjoys dressing eggs as people or animals. Never one to resist a pair of googly eyes, I gave it a shot. My plan was to make ballerina chicks. Sadly, my miniature-tutu-making skills are non-existent. Nevertheless these were fun and easy.
Color your egg. I used yellow but, it’s between you and your egg. When dry, add googly eyes and create a personality with household scraps – chenille stems, fabric, feathers, beads, etc.
Basic egg dying: Boil water, pour into container. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and food coloring (Use gel for bolder colors) and soak your egg.
Wax On. Wax Off. – G
After dying my eggs a base color, I grated up old crayons while the dye dried. Boil water and fill a new container. Place eggs in the container to heat up. When they are hot, set on a cooling rack and drizzle with crayon crumbs. The crayons melt and give your egg texture. (Note: Gold crayons do not add sparkle. I don’t even think they’re real gold.)
Au Naturel – U, G
Calling on my inner-Martha-Stewart, I tried natural options: tea, red cabbage, beets and dill weed. Follow the basic instructions above but, use the natural elements in place of food color. The tea and dill weed produced interesting results. The cabbage and beets changed the surface of the egg, but not the color. I finished them with a tea soak.
Art Eggs – G
Draw inspiration from your favorite artists – I chose: Mondrian, Pollack and Van Gogh. Keep it simple, use acrylic paints and/or sharpie-type markers. Create a feeling, not a masterpiece.
Eggceptional Color – B+
This blog inspired me – stunning eggs. Nail polish swirls? Fill cup with warm, not hot, water, and drizzle in three polishes so they float on the surface. Pick up your egg and dunk it in the water. Don’t make my mistake, wear rubber gloves! A disaster for me – your mileage may vary.
Dark and Different – G
Apparently, black is the new spring pastel – black eggs abound this year. Many people use chalkboard paint. I opted for black acrylic paint and metallic markers because I cannot imagine the circumstances under which I would be writing notes in chalk via an egg.
Talk about chic eggs! Use as table markers or write something egg- or Easter-related on the egg and fill a basket for a centerpiece.
Who knew Easter eggs could be so much fun? Try one or two techniques. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist.