Eggcellent Decorating Techniques

With Easter just around the corner the fun tradition of dying eggs will find its way into countless homes. While many families enjoy the common technique of submerging eggs into individual cups of liquid that have been dyed with colored tablets, there are several other decorating options that you might want to consider.

As mentioned, buying an egg dying kit from the local grocery store is an easy option for dying eggs. The eggs are placed in a cup of colored vinegar and water and then removed after the desired amount of time. The longer the eggs are left in the solution the darker they become. It’s amusing to experiment with the shades by placing the eggs in one cup after another; creating layers of color. The egg can also be dunked halfway in one color and then half in another. Sometimes these kits also include a white crayon. Drawing on the egg with a white crayon before placing it in the liquid allows your doodle to show through once the egg is removed. The dye does not affect the crayon wax. This practice will work for all dying methods.

While this traditional method is always entertaining, some may not realize that there are other natural ways to dye eggs. Certain spices and foods found in many kitchens will add a unique color scheme to your eggs.

Coffee, tea, red onion, red cabbage, blueberry, chili powder, cayenne pepper, turmeric and yellow onion are just some of the ingredients that when added to boiling water and allowed to simmer for 30 minutes, will create an all-natural color that will transfer to the eggs. After the component has simmered, the liquid should be strained into a jar and cooled for 2-3 hours. Once cooled, add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar to the liquid, add the egg(s), then seal the jar and refrigerate overnight, or until the desired color is achieved.

Before adding the eggs to the liquid, another natural element that can be applied to the decorating process is the use of small flowers, leaves or any sort of vegetation. These items will leave a beautiful imprint. If you want to try it out you must first wet the egg before the dying process has begun, then press the item of your choice onto the egg, at this point take a strip of pantyhose and place it over the entire egg. Once everything seems to be secure, place the egg in the colored liquid. After you’ve determined the egg is the desired color, remove the wrappings and the natural imprint should be left behind.

So give it a try and approach your egg decorating this season with a different artistic style. Paints, decoupage, and the use of natural elements are just a few ideas. Get creative and enjoy! 

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