There is so much more you can do with eggs than just following the steps on the back of a kit box. I hope the ideas below will inspire some creative Easter egg designs for you to make!
Basic Egg Dye
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1-teaspoon vinegar
- about 1/2-teaspoon food coloring
Natural Egg Dyes
A rule of thumb: Natural dyes require eggs soak for much longer times, sometimes as long as overnight. Remember the longer the egg is in the dye, the darker the color will be.
- Onion Skins- (red onions = lavender-dark red yellow onions = tan-gold) Boil the skins with the egg and then let soak.
- Pickled Beet Juice- (pink)
- Coffee-(brown) mix 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ½ teaspoon of vinegar to 1 cup boiling water.
Glossy Easter Eggs
Mix sweet and condensed milk with food coloring and paint with brushes or Q-tips.
Mix one tablespoon each of oil, vinegar, and your choice of food coloring. Add enough water to cover an egg. Swirl the liquid with a spoon, and quickly lower and raise an egg into it. Pat dry with a paper towel, and repeat with additional colors if desired.
Besides using crayons to form a resist or batik pattern, try using stickers of different shapes. Gummed reinforcement rings work well. Other patterns can be made using rubber bands and masking tape.
Place egg into an egg cup so that it is standing upright. Use a spray bottle to mist the top of the egg. Squeeze a drop of food coloring onto the top of the egg. Hold water bottle at a distance and mist the top again. Add additional colors if wanted. Mist or blow on the egg to create the desired effect.
Paint a hard-boiled egg with acrylic craft paint and a brush. After the egg is dry, sponge white paint on the egg to create a fun pattern.
Chalkboard Paint Eggs
Paint a hard boiled egg chalkboard paint. When dry, allow children to decorate the eggs using different colors of chalk.