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A great way to get in the Easter spirit is by decorating Easter eggs! Check out this article for some great ideas, inspiration, tips and tricks.
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My favourite holiday! What’s not to love? A cute little bunny delivers chocolates, the daffodils appear, the weather warms, and it’s a chance to spend time with family and friends… oh yes and the eggs!! Which brings me to – Why do we hide them? Why do we decorate them? Why do we love them?
It is said that Easter eggs were a traditional Christian symbol, where the egg was thought to represent new life. It has also been recorded that in Medieval times eggs were used in abundance on Easter to celebrate the end of lent, and were thus cherished by children. This brings me to my next thought… why the bunny? The Anglo Saxons believed that the rabbit was associated with fertility and thus was a symbol of new life to come. The Easter egg “hunt” as we know it dates back to the eighteenth century when parents presumably started hiding eggs for their children to find. Suffice it to say the traditions surrounding Easter are all still a bit of a mystery to me but I do love the holiday and I especially love decorating Easter eggs!
So…I’ve put together a little egg-decorating how-to. Get creative, put on your smock and enjoy a day of fun for the whole family!
Here's some of our favourite ways to complete your creations. For the set-up steps, see below!
1. Set out bowls of various coloured dyes. 2. Draw designs, or mini pictures on the egg with a white wax crayon (the waxier the better). 3. Dip eggs into desired coloured dye. 4. Remove the egg and let dry. 5. Your image will be revealed! 6. Wipe the egg with vegetable oil for an extra glossy touch.
1. Follow step 1 and 3 from “Crayon Colour”.2. Remove the egg and let dry.3. Dip a toothbrush into acrylic paint, using a tissue or newspaper to dab off excess paint.4. Have a friend hold your egg while you run your finger over the toothbrush bristles, as you spray your egg (keep brush about 2-3 inches away from egg).
1. Cut or rip fresh tissue paper into small pieces. 2. Wet the egg. 3. Wrap the egg with tissue paper of various colours.4. Spritz the egg again with water.5. Remove the egg and let dry.6. As the egg dries the paper will fall or peel off easily, the pretty colours will remain.
1. Follow step 1 from “Crayon Colour”. 2. Wrap elastic bands around your egg at various angles, covering as much white space as you would like dyed.3. Dip eggs into desired coloured dye. 4. Remove the egg and let dry.
I hope this how-to inspires the creative egg decorating artist in you and helps you have a day of fun with your little ones! I’m starting to envision all the beautiful eggs-of-art as we speak!
1. Follow step 1 and 3 from “Crayon Colour”.2. Place small stickers onto the egg. I like using small dots, stars, or squares.3. Re-dip—dye the egg with a different coloured dye.3. Remove the egg and let dry.4. Peel off the stickers.
Now, what's the best way to turn these egg-cellent dreams into a reality? 3 easy steps:
The first step in creating what I like to call eggs-of-art is preparing the eggs! Some people like to boil their eggs so that they have some weight to them, but I would only suggest this method if the creation of the eggs happens briefly before Easter as it can lead to a rather smelly affair.
Another method, passed down to me by my lovely Czech nanny is to “drain” the egg so to speak. This is a bit of a tricky task so don’t worry if you fail on your first attempt! You will need a sharp needle, a skewer and a large bowl. First start by poking a small hole in each end of the egg with your needle, this requires a light and steady touch! Then insert the skewer into the hole and poke the yoke. The yoke must be poked or broken before moving onto the next step. Lastly, place your lips around one end of the yoke, blowing the contents of the egg into the bowl. Rinse the egg with warm water and let dry. Viola, you are ready for action!
However, if this is the method you choose:
Place your eggs in a pot and cover with water so that the water rises to about an inch above the eggs. Bring water to a boil, and let cook for approximately 10 minutes. Once the eggs are finished, remove them as quickly as possible from the hot water, (a ladle or slotted spoon works well for this), and plunge them directly into cold water. Wait until the eggs are cooled before prepping for coloring.
A few quick notes about preparing your dye before you get started:
1. Set up your dyeing station by surrounding the area with the newspaper- this will get messy!2. Use medium-sized containers for each colour. I find old yogurt containers work well for this.3. Prepare egg dye by mixing about a cup of warm water, 10 drops of food coloring, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar together.4. When dying your eggs, let them sit in the dye for about 5 minutes so that the dye fully penetrates the shell, unless of course you like lightly coloured eggs!
There are various ways you can get creative with your eggs and bring a different element to each one! Use the inspiration above to get started (crayons, rubber bands, speckles, oh my!).
If you're looking for some additional ways to celebrate Easter within your community, check out our listing of Easter events in the Bay Area.
Currently in my final year at University I divide my time between school, work and play. I'm a lover of the west coast, yoga, spending time in the outdoors, entertaining family and friends, tea dates and spontaneous adventures. Live, Love, Learn.
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