Make Your Own Eggsceptional Easter Decorations
Make your eggs truly eggsceptional! “Eggscellent” ideas for “eggstraordinary” eggs this Easter!
Perfect for hiding in the garden, these creative, decorative egg ideas are great for all the family. Forget “soldiers” they bring a whole new level of fun to boiled eggs!
Traditional Onion Dye
Add the skins from 10 large onions (red or yellow) into 2.5l of water with 200ml vinegar (this helps the dye to “take” to the egg) and 2 tbs salt (to stop the eggs from cracking). Bring to the boil, simmer for 45 mins, set aside to cool. Wash and dry 10 eggs, add them to the pan, return to the heat and simmer for 30 mins. Rest for 30 mins and transfer to a plate to dry.
Old silk ties (or any patterned silk material) are ideal for this technique; the more dense the pattern, the more stunning the effect. Cut the material into squares, large enough to cover the egg. Place a raw, white egg onto the patterned side of the square, wrap the egg and tie the top securely with a rubber band. Make sure the silk is tight and smooth then boil in vinegar, leave to cool and unwrap. Voila, c’est magique!
Dying Boiled Eggs
Don’t forget your disposable gloves and ensure the peeled eggs are cool before dying.
Coloured food dyes mixed with vinegar and water with a ratio of ½ cup warm water, 1 tbs white vinegar and 10 to 20 drops liquid food colouring) are ideal for a base. Simply place each colour into a separate container then the choice is yours:
Have you ever wondered how those wonderful opaque leaf or flower designs are made? Here’s how! Gather your ingredients: a pair of tights/nylons (cut into squares), flowers, herbs and leaves, white eggs, elastic bands. Use cold water to stick the flower and/or foliage to the egg, wrap in nylon, secure tightly and boil for 10 mins in the dye mix, allow to cool (or refrigerate overnight for a deeper colour). Cut the nylon, remove the foliage and pat try. Rub with a little olive oil for a brilliant shine.
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