At Easter we eat eggs, lots of eggs. These eggs must first be decorated as only a decorated egg is an Easter egg. The eggs are brought by the Easter Bunny and he has done this for a long time. Eggs can be decorated with various dyes from the store, but there are also natural dyes. White eggs make the most beautifully colored Easter eggs, but a brown egg can be a beautiful Easter egg as well.
Decorate your Easter eggs
You can color your Easter eggs with beautiful solid colors after first boiling them for 10 minutes and then placing the cooked eggs into a dye bath. You can also cook the eggs with the dye to get a kind of marble effect. That is indeed beautiful.
Dye with natural colors
There are several Easter egg (food) dyes in the store that can give your egg a beautiful color.
Natural dyes are also found in the garden, in your fridge or the cupboard. When natural paint colors are used, the color is not so intense. The color is deeper when the eggs are left in a color bath overnight in the fridge. When using dyes you should add at least a tablespoon of vinegar to make the color more beautiful. Here are some natural ways to color Easter eggs:
- Red: peels from red onions
- Pink: beetroot
- Brown: coffee or strong tea
- Orange: yellow onions
- Gold: chamomile
- Green: spinach
- Blue: red cabbage, blueberries
- Purple: grapes
- Yellow: lemons (very light)
After coloring, allow the eggs to dry and then rub them with a little oil to make them pretty and shiny.
When you dye the eggs you already create beautiful patterns on the eggs. You can also make natural patterns by using several small leaves and flowers.
This is not suitable for children, but you can also cover some parts of the egg with wax prior to placing them in the dye. The paint does get through the wax and so you can create a pattern. When the paint has dried, you can remove the wax. Then, if desired, you can place more wax on the egg and put it in another color to make additional patterns. With a little practice you can get a real Pysansky egg. Pysansky eggs are made in Eastern Europe. These eggs are made by using a kind of batik technique using wax and paint to decorate them.
Put an egg in a natural dye bath boil causes the egg to be slightly marbled. The color is not quite smooth. You can get a stronger effect if you place the eggs into a clean pantyhose stocking, tie a knot and then place them in a dye bath. Remember to add some vinegar to the water.
Glitter and color for your egg
You can also decorate the boiled eggs with ribbons, feathers, glitter, stickers and many other small knick-knacks. You can start with a painted egg, but it is not really necessary. Coat the eggs all over with glue if you want to put glitter all over it. Then, hold the egg over a plate to catch the excess glitter as you sprinkle the glue covered egg with glitter. Allow it to dry. Or, you can use markers or paint to decorate your eggs.
For children an ideal method is to use stickers from the store to decorate the eggs. Choose their favorite stickers and let them help stick them onto the eggs. You can find Easter themes, or their favorite cartoon characters.
Eggs for your Easter Egg Tree
If you want to use decorated eggs on an Easter egg tree, you have to first blow out the insides of the eggs. You make a small hole on both sides of the eggs and you blow gently onto one side. You can use the insides to make scrambled eggs so it is not wasted.