Decorating Easter Eggs
Glittered, beribboned, or stenciled eggs are a beautiful alternative to the traditional solid-color variety. Whichever style you choose, an Easter egg tree offers a perfect way to display your handiwork.
You can dye raw or hard-boiled eggs. The smoother the egg, the better the dye will take. If you plan to keep your decorated eggs, they should be left raw, then blown hollow after dyeing, otherwise the egg shell will float on top of the dye.
- Raw or hard-boiled eggs
- White vinegar
- Liquid food coloring
- Bowl (optional)
- Pin (optional)
- Egg blowing tool or rubber ear syringe (optional)
Before dyeing, rub raw or hard-boiled eggs with white vinegar to remove impurities, and to aid dye absorption. For muted colors, try dyeing brown eggs. When dyeing eggs, always work with clean hands -- do not use hand cream because the oil can affect how the dye takes.
The easiest way to dye eggs is with liquid food coloring. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat; add 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 to 3 drops of food coloring, or more for a deeper color. Dye the eggs until they reach the shade you desire. Remove the eggs from the dye, blot with a paper towel and let dry completely before decorating. As an alternative to food coloring, many common pantry items can be used to dye eggs naturally.
Working over a bowl, pierce one end of a raw egg with a pin. Pierce the other end, and use the pin to enlarge the hole slightly and break yolk. Blow out insides using an egg-blowing tool (available at crafts stores) or a rubber ear syringe (available at pharmacies), forcing contents of the egg out through the larger hole into a bowl. Do not let the liquid touch the shell.