The Ultimate Guide to Creating World-Class Easter Eggs (Slideshow)
The Ultimate Guide to Creating World-Class Easter Eggs
Techniques that look incredibly difficult and detailed, such as marbled eggs, glitter eggs, painted eggs, and eggs that look like little animals, are actually very easy to pull off for the average person. The right supplies are all you need.
To decorate your eggs with crayons, you’ll need to work quickly. After you cook the perfect hard-boiled eggs, remove them from the pot of water but don’t put them in an ice bath. Instead, let them cool for one or two minutes, then break out the crayons. While the eggs are still warm, draw designs on the shells, allowing the wax to spread and melt. This will give the eggs a tie-dye effect.
Feathers and Glue
Make your chicken eggs look like chickens with pieces of orange foam board, googly eyes, feathers, and edible glue. Cut out the pieces of foam board into tiny triangles to form feet and a beak. Glue them on in the appropriate places. Then, glue to eyes above the beak, and glue a yellow or white feather near the top of the egg — voila! You’ve made a chicken egg.
Glitter makes everything more fabulous, including your Easter eggs! To make shiny, sparking, and fun eggs, put white glue thinned down with some water into a bowl. Then, dip the eggs into the glue mixture, roll them around to cover them, remove the egg, and blot excess drips. Then, sprinkle the egg with glitter.
Because neither glitter nor glue are edible, use these glitter eggs purely for decoration.
To make fantastic, shiny eggs, go to the craft store and pick up silver and gold foiling papers, foiling glue, and two paintbrushes. Then, brush the foiling glue onto your hardboiled eggs in whatever design you desire, be it stripes, polka dots or an entire egg. After the glue dries and becomes adhesive, lay the foiling paper over the egg and smooth it over the glue using the other paintbrush. Peel the foil off if you’re decorating in a design and enjoy your shiny eggs.
Because the adhesive and foiling papers are not edible, we do not recommend eating these eggs.
Tap into your bathroom cabinet to make fun marbled and tie dyed eggs. Spray foam shaving cream into small bowls or into the compartments of a muffin tin. Then add a few drops of food coloring into each bowl. Swirl the dye around the shaving cream using a toothpick, cotton swab, or small spoon. Then, place your hard-boiled eggs into the bowls, and swirl them around until they’re completely coated in the dyed shaving cream. Leave the eggs in the shaving cream for 10–15 minutes, allowing them to soak up all the color. Rinse them off with cold water and you’ll have beautiful eggs.
We do not recommend eating these eggs, as shaving cream is not edible.
Stickers, of course, add a bit of whimsy to already-dyed eggs, but that’s not all they can do! Before you dip your eggs in dye, place stickers on them. After the egg has been dyed and dried, remove the sticker to create negative space on your egg. A similar effect can be replicated with string, rubber bands, and tape.
Temporary tattoos work on hard-boiled egg shells just like they do on skin! Tat up your Easter eggs with dinosaurs, tigers, butterflies, bugs, or whatever tickles your fancy. Just place the tattoo on your egg, wet a small sponge or washcloth, hold the wet cloth up to the back of the tattoo for 30 seconds, release, and reveal your biker-friendly egg.
Tap into your inner Picasso by breaking out a classic watercolor paint pallet to decorate your eggs. You can do anything with these water-based paints, from marbled designs to springtime landscapes to flowers.
Just note whether or not your watercolor paints contain lead. If so, these eggs are not safe to eat.