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Easter hatches lots of options for colorful fun

“Hippity-Hoppity Easter’s on its way…” Easter is March 31st this year to be exact. As a kid one of the things I enjoyed about Easter was decorating Easter eggs. We would either use the kits that had the plastic sleeve that would slide around the egg and then shrink to fit or we would use food coloring.
But as far as ever branching out much farther than that, well, we didn’t. I’m not sure why, but my brother and I were perfectly content with just getting to color eggs. It seems like it didn’t take as much to keep us kids entertained as it does now.
When I was trying to think of craft ideas to share for Easter, naturally dyeing and decorating Easter eggs came to mind, however, I wanted to see what other ideas and options there were out there. Here is what I found:
1. From the website www.barefootkitchenwitch.com is the idea of dinosaur eggs (based on a recipe for Chinese Tea Eggs). You can visit the website for more photos and more information, but basically you boil the eggs like normal, let them cool a bit, then roll them around on a hard surface towel to crack them.
Have your containers of colored dye (dye baths) prepared, and submerge your eggs in the dye. Now here is where it gets tricky because there isn’t exactly an exact amount of time you should leave the eggs in the dye because you are dyeing the actual egg, not just the shell. The suggested amount of time is 7 hours. When they are finished, peel the eggs to get the pictured result.
Another option is to follow the process but instead of leaving the eggs in the dye bath for hours, leave them in the dye bath for a few minutes then put them in the fridge. In about 20 minutes they should be ready. Although the look is somewhat different than the original directions, they are still very pretty, looking almost vintage.
HEALTH NOTE: If you leave the eggs sitting in the dye bath for an extended amount of time, THEY ARE NOT SAFE TO EAT! With the warm temperature of the room and water it is a perfect environment for all sorts of contaminates.
2. Silk dyed Easter eggs? From the website www.ourbestbites.com comes directions for using silk ties to dye eggs. Here’s how it works. Ties must be 100 percent silk. If you don’t have any 100 percent silk ties, I would recommend checking the thrift shops to save a little money.
First deconstruct the tie, removing the lining so you are left with the silk. Cut a piece large enough to cover an egg. Wrap the (uncooked) egg with the right side of the fabric making contact with the egg. (The right side is the printed side, or the side that would be on the outside of the tie).
Wrap the fabric as tight as you can without breaking the egg. The more direct contact the silk has with the egg shell the clearer the imprint of the pattern. Once wrapped tie with a piece of string or a twisty tie. Note: the best part of the design will be on the opposite side from where you tie the fabric.
After the eggs are wrapped in silk you will wrap them again with a light colored light weight piece of fabric such as an old white pillowcase or sheet. Put all of your eggs in a large stock pot and cover them with water. Add 1/4 cup vinegar and bring it to a boil. After about 20 minutes you can remove the eggs and sit them in a colander or on a towel to dry and cool.
Once they are cool enough to handle you can remove the fabric. If you want to add a little shine you can put a little vegetable oil on a paper towel and give them a light rub. I may have to try this method myself!
HEALTH NOTE: Since you don’t know what kinds of dyes are used to color the fabrics, and with a high probability those dyes were NOT food safe, please DO NOT EAT the eggs.
2.5 Another idea is to make hanging decorated eggs using this method and “blow out” eggs. For directions on this project please visit the website – www.ourbestbites.com. Performing a search for “Silk-dyed eggs” will find the directions with a link at the bottom for the blow out egg alteration.
3. One last idea I would like to share with you is in a category called “resist dyeing.” This basically means you’re going to cover up a section of the egg with something that will resist the dye leaving the space underneath it white. While there are many ways to accomplish this, a neat idea is to use shaped stickers (the image from the sticker doesn’t matter, just the shape).
Boil your eggs, when they cool, place your stickers in whatever pattern or design you like, then submerge them in the dye. When you remove them from the dye, let the dye dry and then remove the stickers. You will now have a white replica of the sticker shape which you can leave white or decorate how you choose.
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I hope you enjoy one, or all, of these methods. I know I plan on trying at least one!
I encourage you to please remember that while Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, candy, and such are fun activities that create lasting memories with your family; the true meaning of Easter is the remembrance of the day Jesus Christ was resurrected. Matthew chapter 28, Mark chapter 16, Luke chapter 24 and John chapter 20 all recount the story. Mark 16:6 (KJV) – “And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.”