Easter Egg Ideas

food color dye with parsley leaf

food color dye with parsley leaf

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How delighted chickens must be to see the lengths humans are willing to go to dress up their eggs with color. The Internet is teeming with instructions for dipping, painting, blowing and just about any other thing you can do to decorate eggs. I've gathered together some of those ideas along with a few of my own, like the nests I designed to display very special creations.  You’ll find the easy steps for creating the nests on my YouTube video.  The nests can be made in any size, any color, or thickness.  The yarn used to create your nest will determine the visual outcome, but no knitting is required!

I like the idea of creating individual nests for single, specially decorated eggs.

Directions

sponge paint and marker

sponge paint and marker

hand painted over lace

hand painted over lace

sponge paint & glitter

sponge paint & glitter

DYING EGGS Knee Highs, Water Bottles and Pipe Cleaners One very convenient way to decorate eggs with food color is to dunk them.  I found some easy tools to use that keep your hands relatively dye-free and require little clean up.

DYING EGGS
Knee Highs, Water Bottles and Pipe Cleaners
One very convenient way to decorate eggs with food color is to dunk them.  I found some easy tools to use that keep your hands relatively dye-free and require little clean up.

step 1 - If you’d like to create a pattern on the egg, wet a piece of flat leaf parsley, cilantro or other live plant leaf and press it on the egg.  The moisture will cause it to stick to the shell temporarily and keep it in place. 

step 1 - If you’d like to create a pattern on the egg, wet a piece of flat leaf parsley, cilantro or other live plant leaf and press it on the egg.  The moisture will cause it to stick to the shell temporarily and keep it in place. 

step 2 - Stuff the egg into a portion of a knee high stocking. There are many ways to secure the stocking, like using rubber bands, string, etc.  A pipe cleaner is one of the most practical tools for this job.  After twisting it together, leave the ends long. 

step 2 - Stuff the egg into a portion of a knee high stocking. There are many ways to secure the stocking, like using rubber bands, string, etc.  A pipe cleaner is one of the most practical tools for this job.  After twisting it together, leave the ends long. 

 step 3 - Bend the pipe cleaner tail over the edge of the dye container.  If you need to check the egg color, you can grasp the tail and lift the egg without getting your hands wet.  Secured to the edge of the container, the pipe cleaner also works well to keep eggs submersed in the dye.

 step 3 - Bend the pipe cleaner tail over the edge of the dye container.  If you need to check the egg color, you can grasp the tail and lift the egg without getting your hands wet.  Secured to the edge of the container, the pipe cleaner also works well to keep eggs submersed in the dye.

step 4 - Avoid messy clean up, especially if you want to use several colors, by putting your boiled water, one teaspoon of vinegar and several drops of food dye in plastic water bottles.  When you’re done dying eggs, there’s no clean up.  Just discard the bottles.  Cutting the bottle in half will make it the perfect size for one egg and enough water to cover it.  Assign a different color dye to each bottle.

step 5 - There are many natural ways to die eggs too.  Brown onion skins, beets, carrots and other colorful vegetables will create interesting color variations on egg shells.  You’ll find directions for those on the internet.

PAINTING EGGS Ideas abound when it comes to hand painting eggs.  You don’t have to be an artist to create your own interesting collection.  step 6A - Wrap an egg in a square of lace fabric.  Pull the fabric snug and custom fit it with pins. 

PAINTING EGGS

Ideas abound when it comes to hand painting eggs.  You don’t have to be an artist to create your own interesting collection. 

step 6A - Wrap an egg in a square of lace fabric.  Pull the fabric snug and custom fit it with pins. 

step 6B - Spray the egg or sponge paint on. Be sure to apply paint over the pinned seam.  Beautiful designs can be achieved with different fabrics and even cheesecloth!

step 6B - Spray the egg or sponge paint on. Be sure to apply paint over the pinned seam.  Beautiful designs can be achieved with different fabrics and even cheesecloth!

 
step 7A - Thin masking tape     ( 1/8”) can help you achieve concepts and straight lines when it is applied to the egg shell.  Use it to section off two colors or as a guide for painting with markers.

step 7A - Thin masking tape     ( 1/8”) can help you achieve concepts and straight lines when it is applied to the egg shell.  Use it to section off two colors or as a guide for painting with markers.

step 7B - After the colors are applied, remove the tape and just follow the white line with your marker.  Paint markers offer a lot of control and result in well defined lines.

step 7B - After the colors are applied, remove the tape and just follow the white line with your marker.  Paint markers offer a lot of control and result in well defined lines.

step 8 - Tape can also give you a clean line if you want to apply decoupage or glue before sprinkling on glitter.  

step 8 - Tape can also give you a clean line if you want to apply decoupage or glue before sprinkling on glitter.  

step 9 - Rubber bands of different sizes create interesting breaks in color too.

step 10 - Wad up a tissue and dip it in paint.  Dab it lightly on a paper towel to collect excess paint and avoid puddles on the egg.  Use the tissue to lightly dot color on the egg to create abstract designs.  But don’t stop there!  Apply other colors in the same way on top of the first.

step 10 - Wad up a tissue and dip it in paint.  Dab it lightly on a paper towel to collect excess paint and avoid puddles on the egg.  Use the tissue to lightly dot color on the egg to create abstract designs.  But don’t stop there!  Apply other colors in the same way on top of the first.


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