Egg-stra Special Easter Eggs!

CreateThe fun part of the Easter holiday is creating decorative eggs.  Bright, shiny, colorful, bling-encrusted hard boiled eggs just waiting to be displayed on holiday platters and in holiday baskets and all over the world.  Here are some creative techniques to get an extra-odinary display of eggs, great to look at and just as good to eat!

 

Rubber Band Dyed Eggs

(inspired by inkspiredmusings.blogspot.com)

 What You’ll Need:

  • Many different cups of dye solution.
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Rubber bands

Process:

  • Place egg in very lightest dye (let’s say pale pink) for just a touch of color.
  • Dry. Wrap several rubber bands around the egg, but leave plenty of pale pink spaces in between.
  • Dye in medium color dye (such as hot pink, or magenta).
  • Dry. Remove rubber bands. Dry again.
  • Wrap several rubber bands around egg, but not where the magenta is. Again, leave some pale pink stripes.
  • Place in darker dye, like red or purple.
  • Dry. Remove rubber bands, and you should have a beautiful tri-colored egg!

Tips:

  • Use thin sign painter’s tape for the very ends of the hard boiled eggs.  Be sure to rub the edges down well after placing, so the dye doesn’t get under it.
  • Wait 20 mins. after dying, and then remove the tape.
  • As for colors, try doing some science/art experiments and really get those colors saturated. What if you added 2 dye tablets to 1 dipping cup?
  • Also, the longer you leave an egg in the dye, the darker it will get.
  • I have seen some different dying methods/colors in the last couple of years. Try looking around at some different stores and see if you can’t come up with a few different methods to try!
  • Remember however…..ALWAYS ALWAYS dye the lightest colors FIRST!!!

 

 

Chalkboard Eggs

(inspired by hgtv.com)

Braggin Bags sells these chalkboard painted wooden eggs as placeholders for weddings. They’d work perfectly as is for an Easter brunch or dinner. Or…with the huge range of colors chalkboard paint is sold in these days, why not paint a couple dozen wooden eggs in a rainbow of colors and reuse year after year. (If I was arranging an Easter egg hunt, I’d write a letter on each egg that when put together spell out Easter-themed words and sayings. Kids would first have fun finding the eggs, then more fun arranging them to uncover the secret messages.)

 

 

Dot Design Easter Eggs

(inspired by Martha Stewart)

Three overlapping dots stenciled onto eggs beget a batch of new hues. The design pays homage to CMYK printing, which combines cyan, magenta, yellow, and “key” black to yield a spectrum.

When you use a craft punch on vinyl, the shape’s border becomes a stencil. Apply stencil to the egg, rubbing the inside edge for a good seal. Using a cotton swab, dab undiluted food coloring inside stencil; let dry before removing stencil.

To create a dark egg, make red and blue dots first, and then smooth circle stickers onto the shell. After a dip in inky-black dye, the stickers are removed.

 

 

Sparkly Dot Easter Eggs

(inspired by domestifluff.com) 

What you’ll need for the project:

  • eggs – I’ve used hard-boiled eggs, but if you would like to use the eggs in the future, you can also use eggs that have been blown out.
  • zots clear adhesive dots – These can be found in the scrapbooking aisle at most craft stores and come in a variety of types and sizes. I’ve used the small type that come in the purple box.
  • microfine glitters – Martha Stewart has a wonderful collection at Michael’s. You can purchase a kit that has 25 or more shades for about $30. The glitters that I used are not from the Martha Stewart line, but you can also find them at Michael’s. They came in a sample pack with 16 shades. The package says “Glitter Sample Pack” and costs about $4. It’s perfect for a small project like this.
  • a pencil, pen, or marker
a small, soft bristled paintbrush
several sheets of paper

How To:

  • Using a pencil, pen, or marker, make small dots all over the egg in the pattern that you would like on the egg. These dots will act as guides when you apply the Zots.
  • Take the sheet of Zots and press them onto the eggs, one by one, using the pencil dots as guides. Note: Try not to set the egg Zot side down on any surface at this stage, as the Zot may stick to the surface, and part of the egg shell will break off when you attempt to lift the egg from the surface. Trust me on this one.
  • After you’ve finished applying the Zots to the egg, place a piece of paper on your work surface and start to apply the glitter to the egg, turning the egg in your hand as you work.
  • You may find that some of the adhesive dots haven’t been covered in glitter. You can re-sprinkle glitter over these dots, or you can gently roll the egg in the glitter that’s gathered on your paper to fully cover all of the Zots.
  • After all of the Zots are fully covered, take a small paintbrush and brush the excess glitter from the egg’s surface. You won’t be able to get every speck of excess glitter because your fingers will still have some glitter on them, but you can do a pretty good job the first time around and do a second brushing after you’re finished with all of the eggs. When you’ve finishing brushing, set the egg in an empty egg carton or a bowl so it won’t roll away!
  • After you’re finished with a shade of glitter, set aside the now glitter covered piece of paper and wash your hands to clean off the glitter.
  • Repeat this process for every shade of glitter that you’d like to use and, after you’ve finished, take the individual pieces of paper, fold them in half until you’ve formed a sort of funnel, and pour the excess glitter back into its container.

Kid friendly version:

Art glitter can be a bit messy, so if you’d like to make this craft more kid friendly, you can use decorative colored sugars (regular table sugar would work, too) that can be found in the baking aisle. Instead of pouring the sugar over the egg, as you did with the glitter, shake a small pile onto a piece of paper and gently press the Zots covered eggs into the sugar. The effect won’t be quite the same because the sugar crystals are larger than the art glitter, but it’s still pretty cute and very kid friendly. Dyed eggs with plain table sugar dots would be very nice, too.

 

 

Go Natural

(inspired by GoodHousekeeping.com)

Toss two handfuls or more of yellow onion skins into a 4-quart pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer until the color of the water is deep brown. Position small fern fronds or leaves on clean white eggs and hold the greens in place with a rectangle of old pantyhose stretched over the egg and fastened at the back with a wire twist tie. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the pot and gently place as many wrapped eggs into the kettle as will fit without crowding. If using blown eggs, place a lightly weighted, heat-proof plate on top of the submerged eggs to ensure that they’re completely immersed in the dyeing liquid. Continue to very gently simmer the eggs for at least two hours, or for richest results, overnight. Remove eggs from the pot, allow to cool, and remove the stocking and foliage to reveal leafy imprints surrounded by a deep sepia brown.

 

 

Glittered Eggs

(inspired by Martha Stewart)

Coating Easter eggs with glitter provides a sparkling alternative to coloring them with dyes. Powdered glitter comes in an array of colors, which can be mixed to create different shades. For added shimmer, combine colored glitter with either gold or silver glitter.

Tools and Materials

  • Eggs (For varying sizes, try chicken, quail, and goose eggs). For pre-blown eggs, visit lavendervalleyfarm.com
  • Powdered glitter in assorted colors, including gold for sparkle, $4.99 per 1.5 ounces, available from Michaels
  • Egg blower (available at crafts stores) or rubber ear syringe (available at drugstores)
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Pin
  • Wax paper
  • Bowls and spoons (for glitter)

How To:

Step 1

First, blow out eggs. Working over a bowl, pierce one end of a raw egg with a pin. Pierce other end, and use pin to enlarge hole slightly and break yolk. With your mouth or an egg blower, blow into smaller hole, forcing contents of egg through larger hole into bowl. Rinse inside of egg thoroughly; let dry.

Step 2

Brush craft glue onto egg. Gently set in bowl of glitter. Spoon glitter over egg, covering entire surface. Remove from bowl; set on wax paper to dry for 1 hour.

Step 3

Display Your Eggs

For an elegant statement, you can display glittered eggs in a glass hurricane.

 

 

Dainty Easter Eggs

(inspired by carolynshomework.blogspot.com)

Here’s an idea if you want to decorate real eggs for Easter – save your cracked egg shells and glue them back together.

This method is ideal if you don’t want to eat dozens of hard boiled eggs or keel over trying to blow the eggs out of their shells. I carefully cracked the eggs open trying not to shatter them too much. I washed them out and left them to dry in a bowl. Once they were dry, I used Aleen’s Tacky Glue and a small paint brush and glued them back together.

To cover the glued crack, I used pieces of fabric and some berries. You can use paper, ribbon or any embellishment.

So next time you’re making scrambled eggs or baking a cake, remember to save your egg shells. By the time Easter is here, you could have a basketful of pretty eggs.

 

 

Bright and Crafty Eggs

(inspired by Hostess with the Mostess)

There’s more to Easter egg decorating than what comes in a box! Give your eggs a fun, crafty look this year by dying them in extra-bright shades of your favorite hues, then decorating them with ribbon, stickers, thin strips of scrapbook paper, and faux flowers. Use clear-drying glue to attach the details.

 

 

It’s a Wrap

(inspired by GoodHousekeeping.com)

Wrap blown eggs in spirals of colorful yarn, trim, ribbon, or rickrack held in place with clear-drying glue or paste.

 

 

Elegant Eggs

(inspired by countryliving.com)

Make these pastel beauties last for years by first blowing out the egg’s whites and yolks.

Step 1: Insert a long needle into the bottom of each egg; make a small hole, then make a slightly larger one in the top.

Step 2: Move the needle around inside the shell to break the yolk.

Step 3: Blow over the smaller hole — feel free to use a straw if you don’t want to touch the egg directly — until the liquid drips out of the larger hole.

Step 4: Run the egg under water. Blow the water out, and let the shell dry overnight.

Step 5: After coloring the egg, attach fabric scrapbooking flowers ($7/150; memoryvilla.com) with tiny dots of glue. Lightly press each flower with your finger, then release.

 

 

Metallic Eggs

(inspired by Martha Stewart)

Tip:  Imitation gold leaf is less expensive. You may want to consider using the imitation leaf while learning the technique.

Gilding Eggs How-To:

  • At a crafts store, buy gold leaf in various shades (you’ll need three or four gold sheets per egg).
  • Blow out eggs.
  • Working in a draft-free room and using a small brush, paint blown-out eggs with size, an adhesive material, and let dry on drying rack according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Wearing cotton gloves, rub a thin gilder’s tip brush on your hair to create static, and lift one gold sheet from the packet. Drape it over egg coated with size, and smooth with your fingers. Repeat until egg is covered.
  • Go over egg with a soft, clean natural paintbrush to even out the texture and brush off any extra flakes.

 

 

Tissue Paper Eggs

(inspired by Martha Stewart)

 Tools and Materials

  • Tissue paper
  • Crafter’s punch
  • Tweezers, optional
  • Decoupage gel
  • Paintbrush
  • Tissue Paper Eggs

How-To:

  • Fold tissue paper four times.
  • Punch tissue paper with crafter’s punch.
  • Separate layers of flower with tweezers or fingers.
  • Paint a thin layer of decoupage gel onto egg.
  • Pick up punched-out shape with paintbrush. Starting from the middle of the punch-out and working outward, gloss over punch-out using paintbrush with thin layer of decoupage gel.
  • Place egg on drying rack.

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