Easter is less than one week away and whether you are celebrating the Christian way or just with the good ol’ Easter Bunny, there’s a good chance that Easter eggs are going to play a part in your festivities. If you are looking to decorate your eggs in some new and fabulous way, we have Googled and pinned to the best of our ability to bring you a bevy of Easter egg possibilities. All you have to answer is this: hard boiled or blown?
Preparing Your Eggs
There are three ways that you can get your eggs ready for decorating. The first is to leave them raw. This is ill advised because of the length of time you will likely have them out and the mess that they will make if they accidentally slip from little hands. It is unlikely that they will be in any decent shape to eat after decorating and they will likely begin to smell, depending on how soon you decorate them.
Option two is to hard boil your eggs. Simply place them in a pot of cold, lightly salted water and bring the water to a boil on the stove with the lid on. Once the water boils, turn the stove off and leave the eggs to sit in the hot water for 10-15 minutes. To test if the eggs are hard boiled, spin one on a flat surface. If it spins quickly, it is hard boiled. If it spins slowly, it is soft boiled. Run the eggs under cool water and store in the refrigerator until it is time to decorate. These eggs will need to stay in the fridge, even after decorating.
Option three is to blow your eggs. This takes some time, but allows you to eat the egg and leave the decorated egg out for a long time without risk of stinking up your home. Hold an egg in your hand and shake it vigorously without dropping or squeezing too hard! Take a pin or a thumbtack. slowly and carefully, pierce both ends of the egg and wiggle the pin around to make the hole a bit bigger – the bigger it is the faster it will clear out. Over a bowl, blow on one end of the egg and let the contents of the egg come out the opposite hole into your bowl. Continue to blow until your egg is empty. Put the egg contents in the fridge to cook with later (omelettes, frittatas, scrambled eggs – your next meal is pretty much made already!). Decorate the intact egg shell. If you use this method, make sure you have lots of eggs! Sometimes the shells crack in the process.
Colouring Your Eggs
The options here become endless, depending on the amount of effort, mess, creativity, and possibility-of-failure that you can handle.
- Buy a Kit. They are at grocery stores and drug stores and dollar stores and just about everywhere else. There are little dye-colour pills that you dissolve in water and/or vinegar, dip your eggs, and you’re done! Advanced kits will come with the cups to make the dye in, stickers, or maybe white sticks of wax to make designs on your egg. Go crazy!
- DIY Dye. You can make your own dye with food colouring or icing colouring by following the instructions HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, or HERE.
- Natural Dye. Whether you don’t like the idea of dousing your food in food colouring before you eat it, you just don’t want to deal with more chemicals, or you just forgot to buy a kit and/or food colouring, you’re in luck! Using food to colour your eggs is becoming all the rage (again). For instructions on how to colour your eggs naturally with items from your kitchen see HERE, HERE, or HERE.
- Brown Eggs. Don’t worry, the white eggs don’t have to have all the fun! Here are instructions on how to colour your brown eggs, either naturally or otherwise.
If just colouring your eggs is not enough for your crafty self, here is a few other ideas that you can try. Let us know how they turn out!