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Eggs

For Easter egg decorating, you can use real eggs (white eggs work best for most techniques) that are hard-boiled or blown. If you would prefer to hollow out your egg, you can do this by simply using a needle to poke a hole in each end of the egg and then blowing on one of the holes until the contents come out the other side. Many craft stores sell tools specifically designed for this purpose that are more sanitary and will allow you to still use the contents of the egg for cooking or baking.

You can also use artificial eggs. These are usually available at craft stores and can be made of plastic, paper mache or wood.  We would recommend avoiding plastic eggs as paints generally don’t adhere very well to plastics.  Keep in mind that dying techniques will not work very well on artificial eggs.

Techniques

Dying

You can purchase pre-made egg dye from most craft stores.  This dye will come with instructions for use.  If you are unable to purchase egg dye, you can create your own using food items you may already have in your house.

Food Colouring

Ingredients (per colour):

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 10-20 drops food colouring
  1.  Mix 1/2 a cup of boiling water with 1 tsp of white vinegar
  2. Add 10-20 drops of food colouring
  3. Submerge your egg in the water
  4. Check on the egg periodically using an egg lifter or slotted spoon.
  5. Remove eggs when they have reached the desired colour (this could take anywhere from 5 minutes to much longer depending on how dark you want the colour to be)
  6. Give the eggs a quick rinse in cold water to remove any excess dye.

Vegetables and Spices

Ingredients (per colour)

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • Dye ingredient

Dye Ingredients

  • Pink: 4 cups chopped beetroot
  • Yellow: 3 tbsp turmeric
  • Light Blue: 3 cups chopped red or purple cabbage
  • Dark Blue: 4 cups blueberries
  • Orange: Skin from 4-5 yellow onions or 3 tbsp paprika
  1. Combine 4 cups of water and 2 tbsp of white vinegar in a medium pot
  2.  Bring to a boil
  3. Add Dye ingredients and lower the heat
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes
  5. Take the pot off the heat and let cool
  6. Strain the dye
  7. Soak your egg in the dye, checking periodically (leave overnight for more vibrant colours)

Wax Resist Decorating

Before you due your eggs, you could decorate them with wax.  The wax acts as a shield and that section of the egg will stay white.  Wax decoration can be added using crayons or you can use a Polish tool called a “kitska” to apply melted wax. The Polish technique of egg decorating is known as Pysanky. 

  1. Decorate your egg with a crayon or using your kitska.  
  2. Place the egg into the egg dye (make sure the dye is cold otherwise it will melt off the wax)
  3. Remove the egg from the dye and dry it
  4. Clean the egg using hot water to remove the wax

Painting 

You can also paint your eggs.  This works well for wood eggs, paper mache eggs and natural eggs.  Inexpensive craft paint works well.  You can also try using 3 dimensional paint for different effect.  

Decals/ Stickers

Lastly,  you can use stickers and decals to decorate your eggs!

Why not decorate a tree with your decorated eggs!

Don’t forget to share your completed piece on facebook or instagram and tag @homerwatsonhouse and #HomersStayAtHomeCamp

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