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Chocolate Easter eggs are everywhere they seem to have been in the shops since Christmas, this year why not make some ‘traditional’ Easter eggs with the children to decorate your house this Easter and to celebrate the humble egg too!

Dip and Dye Decorated Eggs

What you will need

  • Cooled Hard Boiled Eggs (White or pale coloured)
  • Food Colouring
  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Bowl or Cup for each colour, deep enough to submerge an egg
  • Spoons

Dyeing eggs can be very messy, wear old clothes if possible and waterproof painting aprons, cover the kitchen table with a plastic tablecloth and newspapers.

For each coloured dye place half/one teaspoon of food colouring and one tablespoon of vinegar in a container then top up to approx. ¾ full with warm water.

The Simple Egg

Carefully lower your egg into the dye with your spoon, the longer you leave it in the dye the darker the colour will be, remove your egg when you are happy with the colour and leave to dry.

The Arty Egg

Using a wax crayon or a birthday candle, draw a picture, pattern or write a message on your egg before dipping as above, the wax crayon/candle will stop the dye colouring the egg, experiment with different colours.

The Abstract Egg

Using masking tape, cut out lots shapes and stick them on your egg, dye several times in different colours after each colour allow to dry before removing some of the shapes before dyeing again alternatively place elastic bands around your egg and remove some after each dipping you could dye the egg a light colour first before covering with the masking tape shapes or rubber bands.

You can decorate all of the dyed eggs further by drawing/painting patterns, shapes, flowers, animals or faces etc. on them or by sticking on glitter, sequins, coloured foil, paper, wool, string, cotton wool etc. the possibilities are endless.

Place your eggs in a basket or bowl filled with tissue paper or straw for a wonderful display, unfortunately you will not be able to eat these eggs unlike the chocolate ones!

Have fun

Gill

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