Easter Egg Decorating

Author: helga
10 years of Easter eggs

10 years of Easter eggs

Our family has been decorating eggs in various ways since the children were small.  My favourite memory is an Easter dinner where everyone decorated eggs after dinner.  The adults needed a little persuading, but everyone did participate.  No special materials are needed. Find  markers,  acrylic craft paints, white glue, coloured paper and whatever other inspiring materials might be around the house.

Painted with acrylic paints

Painted with acrylic paints

Collage with white glue and gift wrap or magazines

Collage with white glue and gift wrap or magazines

Collage with tissue paper and white glue

Collage with tissue paper and white glue

Tissue paper collage with dollar store bling

Tissue paper collage with dollar store bling

Coloured or patterned tissue paper works well with white glue. It creates a smoother surface than paper. It also covers the holes if you want to use decorated eggs as table decorations or in gift baskets.

Rose petals and white glue

Rose petals and white glue

Experiment with real  rose petals.

Dyed with Silk

Dyed with Silk

This year we tried dying eggs with old silk ties. When boiled with vinegar, silk will transfer its colour to the eggs.  The silk can be used from old ties, scarves or clothing scraps. It must be silk. Polyester or cotton will not work. We used empty shells which, unfortunately,  float instead of staying in the boiling water. Putting a small pot lid or plate on top to hold them under water solved the problem.

This technique produces a swirly, tied-dyed effect. To get a more direct transfer of the pattern wind the cloth very tightly with thread.

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