It can be difficult to come up with new crafting ideas to keep the children entertained during the holidays, but with these few easy steps you can create something a bit different and creative for Easter.
Maggy Woodley, award winning blogger and owner of the blog Red Ted Art, shares her step by step guide to creating great looking decorative Easter eggs.
You will need:
Eggs (either hard boiled or blown)
Scotch Magic Tape
Take your blown or hard boiled eggs. (Tip: if you are working with young children hard boiled eggs are safer to work on, but do not last as long. See how to blow an egg below.) Cut pieces of Scotch Magic Tape into different shaped triangles and place them securely on the egg. (Tip: try to eliminate all air bubbles under the tape to ensure the dye does not leak through and spoil your design)
Mix half a cup of water with two tablespoons of vinegar. The vinegar will ensure the dye successfully stains the eggshell
- Add your chosen shade of dye until the water is a strong colour
Place the egg in the coloured water. If the egg is blown it may float; place a spoon on top to prevent this. Leave the egg to dye for one hour. The longer the eggs are left in the solution, the darker the pattern will appear
Remove the egg with a spoon
Gently pat the egg dry with kitchen paper and remove any excess dye to create a speckled effect
Peel off the Scotch Magic Tape to reveal the undyed egg
And there you have your decorated egg, ready to display in an egg cup!
How to blow an egg
Starting at the narrow end of the egg, gently pierce a hole through the shell and membrane with a straight pin
Turn the egg over and pierce a hole through the wider end of the egg. Move the pin around to be sure you break the membrane
Pressing your lips to the top of the egg, blow the insides of the raw egg out of the bottom/ wider end of the egg into a bowl.
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