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Dying Eggs – an Easter Tradition

dying easter eggsDo your children love colouring hard boiled eggs for Easter?   It’s so easy to do and once done can be given as gifts or they can be eaten (usually the favoured option)

Put one or two eggs per child into a pot containing water and a sprinkle of salt and bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer and allow eggs to simmer in the water for at least 10 minutes.

Cool under running water and leave to cool completely (perhaps in the fridge) before decorating can begin.

To dye your eggs you will need:

  • Food Colouring
  • Vinegar
  • Glass Jars or bowls

 Optional Extras for decorating:

  • Elastic band
  • Stickers
  • Crayons
  • Material Strips
  • Paints
  • Pipe Cleaners

Start by covering your table with newspaper, (to save your table from spills)  then,  using a glass jar or bowl, mix a teaspoon of food colouring with a tablespoon of vinegar and enough warm water to cover your egg (eggs).  Make up a selection of bowls each with different coloured dyes.

painted easter eggsTry adding some decoration before dipping your egg into the dye for a more unusual look.

Draw on your egg(s) with crayons 0r place sticker dots on your egg.   Putting a rubber band around your egg will result in a striped effect.  Those parts that have been covered will not be coated in the dye, creating a unique effect.

Optionally try dying your egg first, letting it dry, then decorate as above and give it a second dye for a two coloured  effect, or simply dye your egg first, let it dry then decorate.

Once decorated, sit each egg as it is completed, on a rack to dry and continue until all eggs are finished.

Make your eggs shine by moistening a paper towel with vegetable oil and gently wiping your decorated eggs.

Put your finished masterpieces into the fridge until you’re ready to show them off.

Happy Easter!

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