Bring the family together this Easter and join the millions of families worldwide who get crafty by decorating eggs. It'll give you something to do whilst you're waiting to crack open all that chocolate.
The tradition of decorating eggs at Easter is believed to date back to the 13th century and proves a great way for kids to get creative and families to spend some quality bonding time. We've put together some helpful tips to get you started.
Remember to boil your eggs.
While some people opt to hollow out their eggs, it's a good idea to hard boil your eggs to avoid a mess...kids will be kids after all. Here's how we do it:
1. Add your eggs to a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil.
* Tip - Add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to your water to help prevent your eggs from cracking*
2. Once the water starts to boil, turn off the heat and leave your saucepan covered for an additional 10-12 minutes.
3. Let your eggs cool and you're ready to get decorating!
Make your dye bath
One of the most effective ways to colour your egg is to bath it in a food colouring mixture. We've found that adding 1/2 cup of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 10 drops of food colouring to a bowl creates a perfect dye bath for your eggs.
* Tip - Add 5 drops of red with 5 drops of yellow to create an orange dye bath, or 6 drops of blue and 4 drops of green to create turquiose. *
1. Dip your hard boiled (cooled) eggs in the dye bath for 3-5 minutes, extending the time for a deeper hue / richer colour. Feel free to experiment by dipping half an egg at a time.
2. Remove your egg from the bath using a slotted spoon or tongs and gently tap dry with a paper towel to prevent dye from pooling on the shells.
Interesting decorating ideas
1. Wrap elastic bands around your egg before dipping into the food dye. Once dry, remove your elastic bands to reveal your pattern. You could also remove only some of the elastic bands at this stage and repeat with a second colour.
2. Kids love a spot of finger painting. Try putting some paint in a small bowl and let them use their thumbs to apply paint to the egg.
3. Create interesting textures or designs on your egg by colouring them with crayons before adding to the dye bath. If you plan on eating your creations, you can also use a spoon to crack the eggs before dipping. Once the egg shell is pealed, you should be left with some cool, colourful ‘crazy paving’ on the egg itself.
Displaying your eggs
If you choose not to eat your newly decorated eggs, why not put them out on display and bring some seasonal decor to your home. There are tons of ways to display your creations, like placing them in one of these wonderful Bordfolk Egg cups from Lucie Kaas.
For some more ‘eggspiration‘ (sorry...we couldn't resist), check out these great designs on Pinterest.
Do you think you'll give decorating eggs a go over Easter? We'd love to hear / see how you get on and see your pictures!