It’s a pretty safe bet you’ll be decorating Easter eggs soon. However, you don’t have to be satisfied with simply dyeing the eggs. Try these Easter egg decorating ideas to make your eggs as individual as the people you’re decorating them for.
You may be surprised to know that many cultures have been decorating eggs for centuries. In fact, the most famous decorated eggs are the Fabergé eggs which were created for the Russian Tsars from 1885 to 1917. Of course, no one expects you to create anything as elaborate as a Fabergé egg!
If you plan to eat the eggs after they’ve been decorated, remember to use edible food colouring, paints, or items which are not hazardous to your health. This also includes using stickers, non-toxic glue, and crayons. Using non-traditional items to decorate your eggs can result in great-looking eggs that are unique.
Get your children involved in this idea. After the eggs have been hard-boiled, cooled, and dried, give the children crayons and let them draw various designs on the eggs. You can leave the eggs like this, but dyeing the eggs after they’ve been drawn on will create more vibrant designs. When the egg is dyed, the dye won’t penetrate the wax of the crayon and the design will stand out.
Egg heads can be created using either dyed or non-dyed eggs. Decorate only one side of the egg at a time and allow it to dry before decorating the other side. Use 3-D paint or pieces of yarn glued to the egg for hair. Use construction paper to create a ribbon for a girl’s hair or a boy’s tie. Glue them on after you decide where to place the wiggle eyes. Draw the mouth and other details with a water-based marker.
Place stickers on the eggs prior to dyeing them. When the eggs have reached the colour you desire, remove them from the dye and allow them to dry thoroughly. Remove the stickers to reveal the colour of the natural egg which will be a contrast to the dye’s colour.
Create a tie-dye look by carefully wrapping rubber bands around the eggs prior to dyeing them. Allow the eggs to remain in the dye until they reach the desired colour; take them out and allow them to dry. Carefully remove the rubber bands and place the egg into a different colour. Again remove them and allow them to dry. The result is amazing!
Your children will undoubtedly want to help with these Easter egg decorating ideas. Let them have fun with you and you may just create a family activity to share each year. Happy decorating!