As Easter and the school holidays approach we start thinking about how we will entertain the kidlets for a couple of weeks, and (try to) keep them away from the sweeter treats that the Easter bunny brings.
Hand-dying eggs has been an Easter tradition for many to keep young minds, and the young at heart busy over the Easter period. It’s a fun thing to do and a great way to get the creativity flowing.
If you have never done it before give it a go this Easter, just have plenty of newspaper and old clothes on hand to keep everyone and your house looking good.
- Line large baking sheet with paper towels and top with wire cooling rack.
- In small bowl or cup, stir together 1/4 cup boiling water, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/4 cup food colouring. Immerse eggs in dye, turning occasionally to ensure even coating and desired colour. About 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon or tongs, remove eggs from dye and transfer to a rack to drain. Refrigerate when dry.
Here are some ways to create designs on your eggs:
Wrap a portion of the egg with a rubber band before dying. Once the egg is dry, remove the rubber band to reveal the white, undyed strip underneath.
Affix stickers or tape in shapes such as daisies or dots before dying. Remove once the egg is dry.
Before dying, draw on the egg with a light-coloured crayon or wax. If desired, once the egg is dry, the wax can be softened by holding the egg over a candle flame and then wiped off.
All three of these methods can also be used to create two-toned eggs:
Dye the whole egg a light colour, such as pink, and let it dry. Then wrap the egg with a rubber band, affix stickers, or draw a design in crayon.
Dye the egg a second colour, such as blue. Once dry, remove the rubber band, stickers, or crayon. The areas blocked off will remain the first colour (in this case, pink), while the rest of the egg will turn a combination of the 2 colours (in this case, purple).
Dip a portion of the egg in one colour and another portion in another colour. If the two sections overlap, that area will turn a combination of the two colours.