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Basic Egg Techniques

Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

For our colorful Easter basket projects, we planned each basket around one color, but you can mix colors or combine ideas from different baskets. If you blow out the eggs (see below), you can keep them from year to year. Boiled eggs could be used instead, but remember that they are perishable and heavier (so they won't nestle as nicely in, say, a bed of clover).

Blowing Out Eggs
Gently pierce both ends of a raw egg with a utility knife, and twirl knife to widen one hole slightly. Straighten a paper clip, and poke it through the larger hole to pierce and stir the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and blow the contents out with a rubber ear syringe (available at drugstores).

Dyeing Eggs
Stick flathead pins into a piece of foam board to create a drying rack that won't rub dye off the eggs. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar and about five drops of food coloring in 1 cup of hot water (combine colors as desired; for our green basket, we mixed a few drops of yellow with green dye for chartreuse, and added blue for turquoise). Use a heatproof jar or cup deep enough for an egg to be submerged. Using tongs to prevent floating, keep eggs in dye for one minute for lighter colors or up to five minutes for a darker color; adjust tongs periodically so they don't make a mark. Carefully set eggs atop the pins on the drying rack to dry, about 30 minutes.

 

Now that you know the techniques, try out our Basic Egg Projects.