Easter egg decoration

TIRED of doing the same thing year after year this Easter? Well it’s time to change it! Easter egg decorating doesn’t need to just be dipping eggs in the dye that comes from the store. It can be so much more, so gather the children and talk through the activities together.

Below are some beautiful ideas to begin your own Easter traditions — get busy making some memories!

Website www.thespruce.com reports steps on how to dye Easter eggs.

The first step in colouring Easter eggs is to gather your supplies. You will need:

* Hard-boiled eggs

* Vinegar (white or apple cider)

* Food colouring

* Three or four cups deep enough to submerge eggs

* Spoon

* Crayons (optional)

* Empty egg carton

* Newspaper and paper towels

Step1: Prepare the work area

Spread newspapers over your work surface. If you plan to draw on the eggs with crayons, assemble the crayon colours you want. The dye will not adhere to the wax, allowing the crayon colour to show through.

Place one teaspoon of vinegar in each container. Add about 1 1/2 cups of hot water (hot tap water is fine) to the vinegar.

Step 2: Add the food colouring

Once you have the vinegar and hot water in the containers for your Easter eggs, add a few drops of food colouring to each container. Ordinary food colouring will do, but you can also buy dyes specifically intended for eggs.

Unusual colours can be created by mixing different food colourings, but be careful not to end up with muddy gray colours.

Step 3: Dip the eggs

Dip each egg in a dye cup, allowing to sit for several minutes to absorb colour. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the hue will be.

Use a spoon to remove the egg from the dye.

Step 4: Dry the eggs

Wipe the water off with a paper towel, and place the eggs in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.

Once you’ve finished drying the eggs, store them in the refrigerator.

Tie-dye cariation

Step 1

An interesting tie-dye colour pattern can be created by using a slightly different method of colouring the eggs.

First, place the cooled hard-boiled eggs in a colander in the sink.

Step 2

Add a few drops of food colouring over the tops of the eggs in the colander. Jiggle the eggs very gently, so the food colouring spills over all the sides of the eggs, creating colourful streaks. Be careful not to crack the eggs.

Step 3

Rinse the eggs under cool water to remove excess dye. Return them to the colander for the next step.

Step 4

Now add a few drops of a new colour of food coloring to the eggs in the colander. Again, very gently, jiggle the colander so the eggs touch each other and spread the dye all around.

Rinse the eggs with cold water, then repeat the entire process with a third colour.

After you’ve added the final colour, rinse the eggs a final time. Dry the eggs with a paper towel, then place them in an egg carton or other container, and allow them to dry. Once they have dried, s tore the eggs in the refrigerator.