This year, we decided to try a whole bunch of new decorating and dyeing techniques with our Easter Eggs. In addition to our usual sharpies, crayons, and basic dyes (1 c boiling water, 1 tsp vinegar, food colouring drops), we used Koolaid Dyes, Marbled Dyes, and, eventually, Marbled Koolaid Dyes. We also experimented, for better or worse, with wrapping our eggs in twine (subtle) or coating them in patterns of hot glue (cute, but they crack easily when removed). The dye instructions are below, followed by our gallery of eggs. You’ll notice that a dozen of our eggs are hard boiled, and a scant dozen are blown out of their shells so that we can save them. Our blown-empty egg and our hard boiling techniques are also below.
SUPER-VIBRANT KOOLAID EGGS
Empty 1 package of your favourite fruit-flavoured Koolaid into a cup.
(Packages may be mixed to obtain variations in colour.)
Add 1 cup of water.
Stir to combine.
Immerse egg in dye until it reaches the desired depth or vibrancy.
SPECKLED & MARBLED EGGS
Prepare Basic Dye (1 cup boiling water, 1 tsp vinegar, food colouring drops) OR Koolaid Dye (above).
For marbled eggs, add 1-2 tbs vegetable oil to prepared dye.
For speckled eggs, add 1-2 tsp vegetable oil to prepared dye.
Swirl the oil in the cup with a spoon or stirrer stick just before submerging each egg in dye.
Pat egg dry and repeat with another colour if so desired.
You may wish to remove the yolks from your eggs before decorating so that you may save the decorated shells.
To do so, gently poke holes in both ends of each egg with the tip of a sharp knife or skewer.
The larger the bottom hole, the easier it will be to blow the egg out of the shell.
From the top hole, blow eggs out of the bottom hole into a bowl.
Save eggs in groups of 2-4 for freezing, baking, or savoury fare.
Rinse blown eggshells with a thin stream of water or with a mixture of vinegar and water.
Blow rinsing liquid out of eggs and pat dry.
If so desired, use a dropper to place a tsp of glue or modpodge inside of the egg, swirl, and let dry before decorating.
Spray varnish, mod-podge, or white glue may be used to coat fully decorated eggs if so desired.
(Test your glue to make sure it doesn’t make your colours run).
Store blown eggs in clear glass or plastic containers and enjoy for years to come.
Blown-Empty Egg Notes:
Be prepared for casualities, as these are delicate eggs. Prepare extras!
Blown-empty eggs will not submerge on their own.
Spoon dyes over floating eggs or use a spoon to gently submerge the eggshells while dying.
Be sure to blow dying liquid out of eggs and back into the cup of dye before removing egg from cup.
Marbling technique works best when eggs are submerged.
HARD BOILED EGGS
Place eggs in a saucepan and cover eggs with water to 1 inch above tops of eggs.
Add 1 tbs vinegar and 1 tsp salt to water.
Bring cold eggs and water to a boil.
Boil for 1 minute.
Remove saucepan from stove momentarily.
Reduce heat to low/simmer.
Place pan back on stove and simmer for 1 minute.
Cover, remove from stove, and let rest for 15-20 minutes.
Run cold water over eggs if desired to cool.
Black, Coloured, and Metallic Permanent Markers, Crayons (the new thin-format Crayola Twistables are a great addition!), Twine, Hot Glue (Hmm…We might try Rubber Cement next time), Old Bent Spoons, Coffee Stirrer Sticks, Glass Vases or Other Clear Vessels for Display.