4 unique Easter egg decorating ideas
We’re all good with Paas. The company, famous for its tiny tablets that create a magic egg bath with the addition for just a bit of vinegar and water, has been around for a long time.
If you’re a fan – play a little game with your child. Before they drop the tablet in (dry hands are a must), ask them to guess what color will materialize when it dissolves.
But step beyond the tablet to show your child that there’s more than one way to brighten up an egg. We’ve found unique ways to decorate your eggs this year.
No box kits or food coloring? Fear not. All you need are white eggs and a few ingredients from your veggie bin. Add onion skins (the more the better), beets, red cabbage leaves or even spinach to your water with a splash of vinegar, and boil those eggs for fifteen minutes or so (one veggie per pot, please). For a deeper hue, let the water cool and move the eggs and water to a bowl. Let them rest in the fridge overnight.
The March edition of Martha Stewart Living presents an incredibly simple way to make spectacular eggs. Simply fill cups (we suggest disposable for easy cleanup) about a quarter full with any nut, grain or seed you have on hand. A few suggestions: any dried bean, popcorn kernels and rice. Drop in a few drops of dye (homemade or store bought) into each cup, swirl gently, then place the hard-boiled, cooled egg in and gently swirl the egg. Instant speckled eggs.
Earn those stripes
Whether you make your own egg bath or use a kit, here’s a neat little trick for out-of-the-ordinary eggs. Take that collection of rubber bands and gently wrap several around the egg. The more you wrap, the more streaked the egg. Let that egg rest for a while if you want a brilliant hue. Let the egg dry before removing bands. DIY tip: To make your own dye bath, combine ¾ cup of water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and about 10 drops of dye
Finished dying solid eggs? Don’t toss that dye bath! Simply add a tablespoon or two of oil to the yellow dye bath. Air dry an egg that is a solid blue color. Swirl that egg around the yellow dye. Only the part of the egg that touches the water will be dyed, as the oil will displace the dye. You’ll see a marbleized affect. Now try the same trick by adding oil to the blue dye and rolling a red egg around.