Friday Lifestyles: DIY Easter Eggs

Easter is one of our favorite family holidays, as well as a time to get extra creative. Not only is dying Easter eggs an age-old tradition, but it evokes memories of the first signs of spring, time spent with your loved ones and arguably more importantly an afternoon of fun! Rather than sticking to store-bought colors, we suggest switching it up this year. Today, we are highlighting our favorite DIY tutorials for exciting Easter egg decorations to try out this weekend.

DIY Easter Eggs: Sprinkle Covered Eggs

Sprinkles come in a wide range of colors and add an eye-catching 3D effect to your eggs.

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Directions:

  1. Pour your sprinkles into a medium size bowl.
  2. Squeeze some tacky glue out of the bottle onto freezer paper or wax paper.
  3. Using your paintbrush, cover your egg in a good, even layer of the glue.
  4. Now dip your egg in the sprinkles and press down firmly, covering about half your egg in sprinkles.
  5. Let your egg dry partially right there in the bowl of sprinkles (You can use a large bowl so you can do multiple at once).
  6. Once the sprinkles are mostly set, if you want, you can carefully lift it out and allow it to dry completely on a wire rack.

DIY Easter Eggs: Marbled Eggs 

Put your favorite nail polishes to good use with this fun marbled look.

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Directions:

  • Pour a few drops of each nail polish color onto the water surface. Be sure to experiment with the step as the order you pour the colors results in varying marbleization.
  • Use a stick to swirl nail polish around.
  • Carefully submerge the drained egg (or hardboiled) into the water until completely covered, then quickly pull out.
  • Set egg aside to dry.
  • Scoop out nail polish from water surface between eggs, and repeat steps 1-4 for each. 

DIY Easter Eggs: Make Your Own Natural Dyes 

Don’t have time to run to the store this year? Try making your own dyes right at home.

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Directions:

  • To start, wash your eggs with a gentle soap to remove any dirt or oil
  • To make four cups of dye you will need 1 tablespoon of a spice or 4 cups of a chopped fruit or vegetable, (you can use frozen or canned vegetables in place of fresh), 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • For Cold-dip: (Suitable for younger children since the eggs and dyes are boiled separately) After the dye has been strained and cooled, dip the eggs for five to ten minutes in the solution. Produces soft, pastel shades.
  • For Hot-dip: Eggs are boiled directly in the dye. Use two tablespoons of vinegar per cup of water. Place eggs, vegetables or fruit into a pan (not aluminium). Make sure there is enough water to cover the eggs. Bring to a rolling boil and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Color options:

  • Pink/red: pomegranate juice, red onion skins, beets, cranberries or cranberry juice, raspberries, red grape juice, hibiscus tea, red wines, currants
  • Orange: yellow onion skins, paprika, chili powder
  • Yellow: orange or lemon peels, carrot tops or shredded carrots, celery seed, ground cumin, ground turmeric, yellow mustard powder, curry powder
  • Green: spinach, liquid chlorophyll, grass clippings
  • Blue: red cabbage, canned blueberries or blueberry juice, blackberries, purple grape juice
  • Lavender: Small quantity of purple grape juice, purple petunias or violets, frozen/fresh blueberries
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