Personalize your Easter eggs this year with a little glitter and glam!
Is your home filled with the smell of vinegar and hard-boiled eggs yet? Or better yet, the aroma of asparagus, blueberries and raspberries from natural dyes? In past years we have colored our Easter eggs naturally with fruit, vegetable and tea juices, but this year I decided to go for vibrant stain-my-fingers food coloring. It was successfully a much faster project as my 2 year old's attention span is not long enough to wait for the colors to process in natural dyes.
To make your perfect hard-boiled eggs:
1. Put your hard-boiled eggs in a saucepan and cover with about 2 inches of cold or lukewarm water.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and a dash of salt to help keep the eggs from cracking and make it easier to peel.
3. Bring the water to a boil. Once it starts boiling, cook for 1 minute.
4. After 1 minute of boiling, turn off the stove, cover, and let the eggs sit for about 12 minutes.
5. Using tongs, remove the eggs from the water and let them cool before peeling.
Now the fun part... let the decorating begin!
Life gets a little messy at times, and so have my eggs. Focus on Easter eggs here... those other eggs are happily incubating baby #2. Sometimes a little messy is a good thing. I had this beautiful vision for my Easter eggs. They were to have perfect separation of silver glitter paint, which was to only cover the top half and bottom half. Altogether aligned in the center is a horizontal stripe of color from the dye at about 1/2" high and a silver letter centered. I started out with painters tape around the egg to create color separation in the dying process. But my neat lines disappeared as the color bled through. That's where a little messy turns out unique, fun and with lots of character! I decided to roll with it and not make my glitter perfect on the top and bottom anymore. Instead, rolling just the top in a pool of paint turned out thicker (more glittery) and allowed the paint to drip down the sides for effect. The topping on the cake? A bit of floral décor and a personalized letter for each of our family members: "D" for me, "K" for Kristopher and "C" for Chase. Wouldn't this be an adorable idea at Easter brunch to make for guests instead of place cards?
What you need to decorate your Easter eggs:
1. Hard boiled eggs
2. Food coloring
4. Boiling water
5. Martha Stewart multi-use glitter paint
6. About 1/2" tall sticker letters
7. 1/2" painters tape
8. Small decorative flowers to glue on top
9. Food coloring
10. Hot glue gun
11. Old coffee mugs for dying
12. Empty egg cart
How to decorate your Easter eggs:
1. Bring about 4 cups of water to a boil.
2. In an old coffee mug, put 3/4 a cup of the boiling water and 1/2 tsp. vinegar to it. Add about 20 drops of food coloring and repeat this in each mug for each color.
3. Wrap painters tape around the egg horizontal. Push it down tight to seal (though it will not seal completely giving the egg a faded effect).
4. Place 1 egg in each of your dye mixtures. Let sit for 5-10 minutes depending how dark you want. Remove with tongs and place in an egg cart to dry. Once dry, remove tape.
5. Using a paper towel or plate, put a dribble of paint of glitter paint on it. Swirl the top of your egg around in the paint to cover about 1/4 - 1/2 your egg. Place in egg cart to dry.
6. Once dry add about 4 small flowers to the top using your hot glue gun, one at a time.
7. Add your lettering.
Do not be afraid of drips and imperfections- that is what makes the eggs beautiful!