DIY: How to Make Designer Easter Eggs
Spring is in full swing and Easter is right around the corner! Are you still just dipping your eggs in some dye? Try something different this year with your Easter egg decorating. I have rounded up several ideas to put some spunk and cuteness into your egg decorating. I will walk you through the easiest way to execute this fun tradition. To get started you will need a dozen eggs and a large saucepan.
1. Gently place eggs in the bottom of a sauce pan in a single layer.
2. Fill the pan with cold water to completely cover the eggs by about one inch of water.
3. Place the pot, covered, on a burner and turn it on high. Let the water come to a boil.
4. Once the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 9 to 12 minutes.
5. After the time is up, strain the hot water out of the pan and fill it back up with cold water add ice cubes to the water and wait until the eggs have cooled enough to handle.
While the eggs are cooling it's a good idea to prepare the dye cups. You will need cups, dye tablets, vinegar and water.
1. Put one tablet in a cup.
2. Add one tablespoon vinegar and let dye tablet dissolve.
3. Add 1/2 cup room temperature water to each cup.
4. Dip egg into dye. The longer you leave the egg in the dye the deeper the color. Dyeing eggs can be pretty messy so if you have little ones at home using a whisk to dip the eggs may help keep the mess to a minimum.
5. Remove eggs from dye and place in a drying tray.
Now for the fun and creative part! Gather some materials to decorate your eggs. I found several things around my house, but a great place to look is in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby. I used liquid leaf paint, metallic Sharpie pen, glitter, stickers, craft tape and foil sheets just to name a few.
To get the foiled effect you must wait until the egg has completely dried after the dye. You will then add a drop of liquid glue to the egg and rub with your fingers to cover the entire egg. Let the glue dry for several minutes until it becomes very tacky. Once it feels tacky cover the egg with a piece of foil and press down firmly with your fingers to transfer the shiny effect to the egg. You can also use the liquid leaf paint to get a more metallic look.
Below are our finished designer eggs. They are so pretty you will want to keep them displayed well past Easter! I hope everyone has as much fun as I did making these with your family.
About the Author: Whitney lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her two lil' munchkins and husband. When not running around the town with her kiddos she can usually be found on the tennis court.