3.23.2016

Six Creative Ideas for Easter Eggs + a Trick for making perfect hard boiled eggs


 From easy to more advanced, I've chosen six of my favorite ideas from Better Homes and Gardens' Creative Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs. The eggs above were made with a simple kitchen staple. You'll find the easy instructions below. In addition, see my trick for making perfect, no-fail hard boiled eggs below.
No messy dyes with these three fun ideas to decorate plain hard boiled eggs. They're the perfect answer for young children or the artist.

Let kids create a fun (and mess-free) masterpiece with colorful floral scrapbook stickers. Any stickers would make this project easy and fun, especially for younger children. These cute eggs all dressed up as a floral garden are showcased in individual mini terra-cotta pots, with ribbon hot-glued around the top edge.
For the artsy child, use a medium-tip black permanent marker to doodle curlicue lines, broadening a few of the strokes. Fill in your design with colored permanent markers, and finish with polka dots that follow the curves of the lines.
These oh-so-cute Easter eggs are made by punching circles from double-sided adhesive using a crafts punch. Attach the circles to the eggs. Pour different colors of glitter into separate bowls. Roll each egg in glitter; remove excess with a clean paintbrush. For a multi-color egg, place a few stickers on an egg at a time. Roll in glitter, remove excess, adhere more circles, and repeat with a different color of glitter.  Too fun!

If your child prefers a little challenge, check out these three ideas for dyeing spectacular looking eggs.  Here is a basic recipe for dye.

For each color you'd like to create:

Add 1/2 cup hot water to a small jar.
Add 1 teaspoon white vinegar.
Add drops of food coloring to get desired shade (more drops = deeper hue).
Stir with a wooden pop stick to combine.
Using a spoon, slide one egg into the jar.
Allow the egg to soak until it's your desired color.
Remove with a slotted spoon and let dry.

Upscale your Easter eggs with the help of a simple kitchen staple: stick margarine! In a glass measuring cup, make a dye solution by mixing 1 cup cool water with 20 drops food coloring and 2 teaspoons white vinegar.  In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 tablespoon margarine and stir it into the dye solution. With tongs, quickly dunk an egg in and out of the solution three times, then submerge the egg for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove egg and let dry completely. Gently rub away any remaining margarine with a paper towel.
Isn't this ombre Easter egg beautiful? The secret: a regular-ol' bottle cap. Place the cap inside a wide, flat-bottomed 8- to 10-ounce glass, and set your egg on top. Make a dye solution by adding 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 40 drops food coloring to 1/2 cup boiling water. Pour the solution along the inside of the glass until a quarter of the egg is submerged, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Next, carefully add clear warm water, again pouring it along the inside of the glass, until the egg is covered halfway. Allow it to sit for 3 minutes. Add water for one or two more stripes, waiting 2 minutes after each addition. Remove the egg with tongs and dry completely.
For a more advanced project, use textured fabric before dyeing to create an intricate pattern that looks hand-painted.  To get this look, use fabrics such as lace, cheesecloth, or netting. Wrap a square of your chosen fabric tightly around the egg, twist to close, and secure with a rubber band. Dunk the egg into the dye (see the basic dye recipe above), using the fabric tail as a handle.

Try this method for making perfect hard boiled eggs every time:


 First place eggs single layer in a sauce pan and add enough cold water to cover the eggs by one inch.  Place your pan on the burner and turn your heat to high until the water starts to boil.  As soon as it begins to boil remove the pan from the heat and put a lid on it. Let the eggs stand in hot water for 15 minutes then drain off the hot water.  Add ice water to quickly cool the eggs. Let eggs sit in the ice water until they are cool enough to the touch, about 15 minutes.  Once eggs are cool enough, drain the water and peel or store cooked eggs in the refrigerator.


Hard boiled eggs cooked this way always turn out soft, not hard or rubbery, and the yolks don't have that hard green film that happens when they are boiled for a long period of time. Give them a try; you'll never go back!
To see more creative ideas to decorate and dye Easter eggs from Better Homes & Gardens, click HERE.
Warmest regards,
Photos 2-7 BHG / all other photos are mine

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