Seeing as I have a toddler, I was looking for an easy way to dye and decorate Easter eggs. Of course Martha Stewart has all the solutions.
Blowing out the eggs:
The best way to prepare the eggs if you want to keep them for next year is to blow them out. For this you need:
- a pin
- an aspirator
1. Poke a hole in the top and bottom of the egg. The holes don’t have to be that big but I did make a slightly bigger hole on the bottom. The aspirator works surprisingly well at blowing out the yolk. Just hold the aspirator up to the hole on the top and squeeze. Be careful to move the aspirator away from the hole afterwards because you don’t want to suck any yolk out of the top.
Dyeing the eggs:
What you need:
- 1 cup warm water
- 20 drops of food colouring
- 1 tsp of vinegar
- Mason jar or other jar with wide opening
Using a jar and a whisk to dye the eggs is just plain brilliant. There’s virtually no mess and it’s fun for the kids to do.
1. Mix the water, vinegar and food colouring in the jar.
2. Place the egg inside the whisk
3. Lower the whisk into the jar and swirl around!
You can vary the intensity of the dye by leaving the egg in the mixture for longer.
Decorating the eggs:
If you want to add a little something something to the dyed egg here are two easy ways to do it.
1. Use crayons: with this method you must draw your designs on the egg BEFORE you put it in the dye. Use a lighter or contrasting colour.
2. Marble eggs: with this method you add a bit of olive oil (1 tbsp) to a darker colour or contrasting dye and second coat your egg. This way was a little messier and the oil seems to take a long time to dry. I don’t know if I’d try this one again. But the effect is pretty cool.
Happy Easter and happy decorating!!! 🙂