Decorate your own Easter eggs

Easter is a time when eggs are on the menu. As well as those chocolate eggs, why not enjoy real eggs as a healthy and versatile food? Most kids will get just as much fun out of decorating some real Easter eggs as they will out of the hunt for chocolate. So get out the food dye and paintbrushes and create your own masterpieces.

young girl painting eggsYou will need:

  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 6 - 8 drops food colouring
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 white crayon

Instructions

  1. Without crowding the eggs, set them in a single layer into a medium sized saucepan. 
  2. Add water to cover them by about two inches and sprinkle in the salt. Bring to a boil over a high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
    Remove the eggs immediately from the hot water and rinse them under cold running water for about five minutes.
  3. Cooked eggs can be dyed and decorated immediately. Store them in the fridge until ready to use. When decorating the eggs you’ll need a separate cup for each colour. Choose one that is large enough to hold an egg and the liquid.
  4. Pour colouring drops into one cup of hot water. Stir in the vinegar and your egg dye is ready to go.
  5. Write your children’s names or a message from the Easter Bunny onto the egg with the white crayon before dipping in the dye. The letters will show up white against a brightly coloured background.
  6. Cover your work area with plenty of newspaper to make clean up a breeze – just gather up the papers and throw them all out.
  7. Use the empty egg carton as a drying rack. Liquid tends to collect at the bottom so be careful when lifting the eggs out. Blot the bottoms of the eggs carefully with a dry paper towel to keep colours from running.
  8. Making sure the eggs are completely dry between colour coats is the single most important tip for great Easter eggs. Gently pat the eggs with absorbent paper towels to help finish the process.
  9. To prevent your fingers from looking as colourful as the eggs, wear rubber gloves throughout the dyeing process.  

Remember: Wash your hands before starting