Apr 1, 2009

Easter Eggs

By Ellen Wilson

The first step for the egg decorating process is to be sure that your eggs are hard-boiled. Either make sure the container you hard-boiled is marked or follow in Ramona Quimby's footsteps and crack one on the ol' noggin.
For your dye, we suggest purchasing a kit with color tablets and dissolving them in vinegar. After your dyes are prepared, try out one or a few of our following hints on how to decorate Easter eggs.

Dying with Crayons
1. Draw your design on the egg. Be sure that the crayon wax really sticks to the egg.
2. Dip the egg into a darker color. Leave it in the dye for at least three minutes or until it reaches the color you desire.
3. Allow the eggs to dry and preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.
4. When the eggs have dried, put them into the preheated oven for 5 minutes so that the crayon softens.
5. Wipe the crayon off the egg with a paper towel.
6. Dip the eggs into a lighter dye color, which will fill the areas where the crayon design was.
7. Allow to dry.

Polka Dot Eggs
1. Dye the egg in a lighter color, such as light pink or yellow.
2. Allow to dry.
3. Light a small candle, such as a birthday candle. Holding the egg in one hand, carefully allow the wax from the candle to drip onto the egg in a polka dot pattern. Be careful not to burn your fingers. Turn the egg slowly so that the dots can be more evenly spaced. Since you won't be able to wax the whole egg at once, do one side, allow to dry, and then the other.
4. Allow the wax to cool and harden.
5. Dye the egg in a darker color, complementary to your first.
6. Allow to dry.
7. Remove wax.

Rubber band Eggs
1. Start with dying your egg in a light color.
2. Allow to dry.
3. Wrap a few rubber bands around the egg and then dye the egg in another color that is slightly darker than the first. Leave the rubber bands on and allow to dry.
4. Wrap more rubber bands and dye in a dark color. Dry and then repeat this step as many times as you'd like.
5. Once the egg has dried completely, remove the rubber bands.

Sponge Painted Eggs
1. Cut a sponge into several smaller pieces.
2. Using simple watercolor paints (like a cheap set of Crayola paints), use the sponge to create a textured look on your egg. Do not rub the sponge, but just simply press lightly.
3. If you want to do more than one color, leave spaces between your sponge prints. Allow each color to dry completely before adding another color.

Using Pantyhose to Dye Eggs
1. Using old pantyhose, cut the legs into 6-inch sections. Tie a knot in one end, making it as close to the edge as possible.
2. Put a hard-boiled egg into the pantyhose holder. If you'd like, you can add plastic flowers, leaves, or confetti in to the holder to make decorations.
3. Tie a second knot at the top of the end. Tie this securely as possible to prevent your extra decorative items from slipping.
4. Place the egg and holder inside the cup of dye, allowing the extra pantyhose at the top to hang out so that you are able to easily remove the egg from the dye.
5. Allow to dry and then untie the knot and remove your egg.
Make sure to store your colored eggs in the refrigerator after dying.

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