Easter has always been a fun time of year as it signifies the start of a new season, new beginnings and allows people an outlet to be creative by decorating Easter eggs. As a child, I always enjoyed decorating them. Some years, the level of creativity varied with just dying the eggs and slapping stickers on them. Other years, I got much more elaborate with multiple colors, glitter, and detail. I am pretty sure that some of my earlier works of Easter egg art are still in the basement of my parents house.
To Blow or Not to Blow
Now don’t get your knickers in a knot. This is a legitimate question that needs to be decided prior to starting the decorating stage. The two common methods of preparing the eggs include boiling them or blowing them out. If the eggs are boiled, the preparation time is significantly less but they do have a short shelf life as the eggs will spoil. Alternatively, if you choose to blow the out the eggs, it takes a lot of energy and breath but they will last for years to come. Here is a helpful video to show you how to blow out the eggs. I chose the latter and spent a couple of hours getting a good respiratory workout and ensured that I will be able to preserve my Easter eggs.
Ready to Dye
A few weeks back, I impulsively purchased an Easter egg decorating kit while waiting in line at Walmart. That is truthfully what kickstarted my idea to get in touch with my inner child and to dye eggs this year. Basic food coloring from the grocery store would also be sufficient to color the eggs. I dropped a color tablet into a silver mixing bowl, and added some hot water and a splash of vinegar. The little cardboard egg holders that came with the decorating kit proved to be useful, as I put the eggs in there to dry.
Sometimes it is More Powerful to Remain Understated
My fashion style has become much more modern and minimalist. The idea of sparkles, glitz, glam and craziness just didn’t speak to me. I decided that I wanted to try and create an ombre effect. To do this, I left each egg in the dye for different increments of time to allow the dye to soak into the egg accordingly. My first egg was left in for 1 minute, the second egg was left in for 3 minutes and the last one was left in for 8 minutes. A big key is to continuously rotate the egg while it is submerged in the dye so that discoloured spots don’t appear from where your hands would be placed. I am semi-pleased with the results of mine. I just didn’t have the breath or energy to blow out more eggs to give it a second try.
Regardless how your eggs turn out, they will be awesome and you know that you did it yourself for a true DIY! The other good takeaway about decorating Easter eggs is that there is no correct way of doing it. If something doesn’t quite turn out as expected, improvise and use some creativity to change it. Worse case, you can always turn the egg onto a different side and only display part of it. Check out my finished display below. I would love to see other people’s works of art. Happy Easter and happy egg decorating!