Make Easter Eggstra Special
A very Happy Easter from Eggs.ie.
Tips for Decorating Eggs
Decorating and colouring eggs is a wonderful Easter tradition that is becoming more and more popular. Here are some different decorating ideas using paints and homemade dyes:
The first thing you need is either hard boiled or blown eggs. If you use hard boiled eggs they must be kept refrigerated if you intend to eat them. Do not eat if they have been left out or painted with acrylic paints. If you want to keep your decorated eggs it is best to use blown eggs. However, blown eggs are much more fragile and harder for young kids to handle.
What you’ll need:
* Bord Bia Quality Assured eggs
Wash your egg, after drying it, hold it in your hand and taking a long needle. Gently pierce a small hole in the top of the egg, then follow suit by piercing a larger hole in the bottom – the top hole should be no larger than 2mm in diameter while the bottom whole can be slightly bigger.
Take your needle and poke it into the egg, swishing it around for about a minute – this is to break up the yolk.
Take the egg and place your mouth or a straw over one end of the egg and blow the contents into a bowl.
(you can save the raw eggs for baking or scrambling).
How to paint an egg:
- Hold the egg in one hand. With brush and acrylic paint, paint the upper half of the egg.
- Place egg in egg carton and let paint dry, at least 1 minute.
- After the egg has dried, paint the other half.
- Let dry in egg carton.
Egg Colouring using Food Colouring
What you need
* olive oil
* 1 long needle
* 3-4 mixing bowls
* food colouring
To decorate your eggs, prepare a range of colours in mixing bowls by adding warm water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and between 10 and 20 drops of food colouring (depending what colour you want).
Place the eggs in the dye and leave for a few minutes, remove and place on a paper towel to dry.
Decorated eggs should be left overnight to dry.
- Tongs are a handy tool to use for dipping raw or hard-cooked eggs in and out of the water.
- An easy way to colour a blown egg is to thread a thin piece of wire through a hole made at both ends of the egg. Bend the wire at one end so the egg won’t slip off. This makes a handy tool for dipping the egg in the dye and hanging it to dry.
- A cake rack is also useful for drying eggs.
- Use wax crayons, magic markers or paints (acrylics, tempera, enamel or poster paints) on your eggshell. Then coat it with clear nail polish to prevent smearing. To make the eggshell glisten, use clear or pearl-coloured nail polish. Any eggs you wish to keep can be coated with spray lacquer or acrylic sealer.
- For egghead faces, use felt pens and paints or dye eggs flesh colours of brown, pink or yellow. Glue on ribbons, lace, buttons, cotton balls, wool, sequins, macaroni, feathers, glitter, pencil shavings, fabric, yarn, dried plants, buttons, or jewellery.
- To make stands for decorated eggs, glue on small plastic curtain rings, buttons, spools, stones, pieces of wood or bottle caps. Strips of coloured heavy paper can be rolled up until small enough to hold an egg and secured with tape.