Hand Decorated Easter Eggs
Ellen Easton shares with us her techniques for creating beautifully decorated Easter eggs with embellishments, decoupage, gold and silver dust. Enjoy using the hand decorated eggs for an Easter egg hunt to delight the children in the family, or make a lovely holiday table centerpiece.
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List of Supplies:
- 12 cooled hard-boiled eggs with shells on (see instructions for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs)
- White Vinegar
- FDA approved food coloring
- 4 bowls
- Optional Decorations:
- Stickers, Edible Gold or Silver Dust, Glitter, Rhinestones or Decorative Paper
- Elmer’s Glue or Mod Podge
- Lemon Extract
- Cut Sponge pieces
- Craft brushes
How to Dye Easter Eggs:
Adult supervision with children is a must when coloring and decorating the eggs.
Home Made Egg Dye Per Color:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 10-20 drops of FDA food color, or learn how to make Natural Easter Egg Dyes
In a medium-sized saucepan over high heat, bring water to a boil and remove from heat.
While the water is boiling, lay out some newspaper, paper towels, butcher paper or aluminum foil to protect the surface you will be working on to dye and decorate the eggs. Add 1/2 cup boiling water to each individual bowl. Then add 1 teaspoon vinegar per bowl and food coloring drops. Add one drop at a time of food coloring (10-20 drops) until the desired color level is achieved in each different bowl
Use a slotted spoon to lower a hard-boiled egg into the dyed water. Let the egg sit for 1 to 2 minutes, then gently turn the egg to achieve even coloring on all sides for a total of 5 minutes per egg. Remove the dyed egg with a slotted spoon and set onto a wire baking rack to dry. Repeat for each different egg color.
Egg Decoration Ideas:
Be mindful of small children who may pull off the decorations or try to place an egg into their mouths. The decorated eggs shells are NOT to be eaten.
Decorating with edible gold or silver dust:
In a small bowl, dilute 1/2 teaspoon of edible gold or silver dust with 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract. Dip a cut piece of sponge into the gold or silver dust dilution and dab on the colored Easter egg until the desired effect is achieved. Allow the decorated egg to dry on a wire rack or egg carton.
Decorating with rhinestones or glitter:
Use a craft brush to brush Elmer’s glue or mod podge on the surface of the colored egg that you want to decorate with glitter or rhinestones. Sprinkle the glue surface with glitter or apply rhinestones in a nice pattern. Place eggs on a wire rack to allow to dry.
Decorating with Decoupage:
Use scissors or paper cutouts to cut pretty designs in color paper or cut pieces of pretty paper designs ( wrapping paper, magazine cut-outs, stamped paper, dried flowers, leaves). Using a clean craft brush, dab a decoupage adhesive such as mod podge or a glue mixture of (3 parts Elmer’s glue to 1 part water) to the back of the paper design and stick to the surface of the dyed eggs. Smooth out the surface of the paper with your finger or craft brush.
Continue to glue on paper cutouts until you are satisfied with the decorated egg. Set the decorated eggs on a wire rack until the glue has dried.
Next, once the glue is dried, use a craft brush to coat the entire surface of the egg with mod podge or the glue solution. Place the coated eggs on a wire rack to allow to dry.
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