Sunday, March 28, 2010

DECORATING EASTER EGGS

I've noticed that those dying tablets never seem to get your color as dark as you'd like, or you have to leave your egg soaking in the cup of water for like 20 minutes to achieve the color you like. With this method of dying eggs it's super quick and you can make any color you'd like and not be restricted to just the tablets, since there are so many different colors of food coloring available!
*To color eggs if you don't have a coloring kit - combine 1/2 hot cup water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 20 drops food coloring


Easter Egg Designs
Stripes: Start with an egg dyed in one light hue (we chose blue). Wrap 1/8-inch masking tape lengthwise around the egg in stripes. Rub the tape firmly for a good seal. Dye egg again to desired color (darker blue) and let dry 10 minutes. Partially cover dark-blue areas with additional tape. Dye again (in yellow coloring to make green). Let dry 10 minutes. Remove all tape. Result: dark blue and green egg with light-blue stripes.
Zigzags: Cut contact paper into strips with pinking shears. Wrap strips crosswise on egg and firmly press. Dye egg to desired color and let dry 10 minutes. Remove strips. For two-color eggs, dye to a light color first and let dry. Add strips, dip in a darker shade, and let dry. Remove strips.
Dots: Apply small stickers to an egg in a symmetrical pattern and firmly press. Dye egg to desired color and let dry 10 minutes. Remove stickers. For two-color egg, first use a light color and let dry. Add stickers, dip in a darker shade, and let dry. Remove stickers.


Scrap Happy
Cover eggs in fabric pieces for a pretty patchwork effect.
Here's how: Choose a selection of brightly patterned fabrics, either new or remnants. Peel off one paper layer from a double-sided adhesive sheet and attach the sticky side to the back of fabric. Smooth and press out any air bubbles. Print template onto thick paper (like card stock) and trace onto the paper-backed side of fabric. Cut out fabric shape and remove the paper backing. Apply the sticky side of the fabric to the egg, pressing down the edges with your fingers. Use as many fabric shapes as needed to cover egg. (We used eight for each egg). For a uniform look, use the same fabric or play with complementary patterns and colors.


Amazing Lace
A craft punch gives eggs some fanciful fretwork.
Here's how: Tear off a strip of 1/2-inch-wide washi tape that is roughly the same length as the egg from end to end. (Japanese washi tape is a fabric-like masking tape that comes in dozens of patterns, colors, and widths.) Lightly affix tape across the edge of a sheet of vellum paper. Using a decorative edge craft punch, cut designs onto the tape. Carefully remove the tape from the vellum. Repeat the technique with a second strip of tape. Line up both pieces on egg with the straight edges together as shown. Gently affix tape pieces to the egg, pressing out any air bubbles. To make the solid stripe, use washi tape that is 1/4 inch wide. Wrap the tape lengthwise around the egg and cut to fit. Rub tape down to push out any air bubbles. Repeat both designs as desired. (Our egg has four solid stripes and four craft punched stripes).


Sparkle Plenty
Opt for a chic lineup this year with vibrant bands of color.
Here's how: To create bands, wrap 1/8-inch-wide double-sided adhesive tape lengthwise around egg and cut to fit -- about six to nine strips per egg. Press firmly. Pour fine glitter into a paper coffee filter or bowl, one per color. Working with the darkest colored glitter first, remove paper backing from a tape strip and roll egg in glitter, pressing down to adhere as much as possible. Repeat for each color desired, using the lightest shade last. Glitter instantly sticks well to tape so don't worry about getting colors in the wrong places. Remove excess glitter by brushing egg with a soft, clean paintbrush.


Brilliant Idea
Celebrate spring with mod floral decals in dazzling iridescent hues.
Here's how: To make stickers, use a craft punch to create shapes from double-sided adhesive sheets or cut freehand using scissors. Remove backing from one side of the sticker and apply it to the egg. Repeat shapes to create the design you'd like. Decorate with glitter following instructions for striped egg.


Break from Tradition
Try decorating your eggs with bold stripes made from washi tape.
Here's how: Select washi tape that is approximately 1/4 inch wide. Wrap the tape lengthwise around the egg and cut to fit, creating 12 stripes. Rub tape down to push out any air bubbles. Use the same color tape for stripes or alternate complementary hues.


Pretty Patterns
Create colorful collages by layering washi tape.
Here's how: Use washi tape that is at least 1/2 inch wide. Create a collage of patterns by tearing small pieces of any length and covering egg. Press out any air bubbles before attaching next piece of tape. For the best effect, vary the placement of the tape. Repeat the same color and pattern to create an overall design or mix and match patterns for a patchwork effect.


A colander
10 hard-boiled white eggs
1/2 cup of white vinegar
Vibrant food coloring (we used McCormick Neon Food Coloring)
Place several hard-boiled eggs in a colander in the kitchen sink and splash them with the vinegar.
Drip yellow food coloring on the eggs.
Gently agitate the colander for a few seconds to help the color spread. Let the color set on the eggs for 30 seconds.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 with up to two shades (any more and your colors may get muddy), allowing each to set for 30 seconds.
After the last color has set, give the eggs a light rinse with water and let them drain for a minute or two. Air-dry them on paper towels.


The bumpy wrappers that protect Thomas Edison's ubiquitous invention can now serve a second purpose: coating eggs with zippy lines of color. We used this method to create our field of spring flowers shown below, making green and blue stems for yellow fingerprint blossoms.
Eggs
Cardboard lightbulb sleeve
Acrylic paints
Coat the ridged side of a flattened cardboard lightbulb sleeve with acrylic paint, then roll your egg across it. Allow the paint to dry, then repeat to add more colors, if you like.


Talk about multitasking: bubble packaging can be a protective packing material, a noisemaker, or a stress reliever. It can hold your Easter eggs in place for decorating too. And now, it can even help you paint them.
Eggs
Acrylic paint
Bubble packaging
First, coat a piece of bubble packaging with acrylic paint, then roll your egg over the paint, holding it by the ends.
Let the paint dry, then repeat with another color, if you like.


Like the rubber-band technique, this method uses a material that resists color when the egg is placed in a dye bath.
Eggs
Stickers
Dye
You can use letters, as we did here, stickers in other shapes, or even custom shapes cut from self-adhesive label paper (available at office supply stores).
Fix the sticker to the egg, then place the egg in a container of dye. Remove the egg from the dye and let it dry before removing the sticker.



For this decorating trick, use any unwanted neckwear from Dad's closet, or buy silk ties from a thrift shop. A bath in hot water transfers the tie's patterns to the eggshell with magical ease.
Old silk necktie
Raw egg
2 rubber bands
Long-handled slotted spoon
Paper towel
Cut 5 to 6 inches off the wide end of the silk necktie and unfold the fabric.
Snugly wrap the fabric, right side against the egg, and secure it with the rubber bands.
Place the wrapped egg in a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes.
Take the egg from the pot with the spoon. When the egg is cool enough to handle, unwrap it and set it on a paper towel to dry.

Whether you want to cover your eggs with crisp, clean shapes or give them softer, tie-dye-like designs, tissue paper is an excellent medium. (Just be sure to use art tissue paper, found in art supply and craft stores; tissue used for gift wrapping is colorfast and won't leave behind any color.)


Eggs
Colorful art tissue paper, found in art supply and craft stores
Plastic wrap
Paper towels
Bubble packaging
To create a mottled effect, lay a variety of colorful 1-inch pieces of art tissue paper on a large square of plastic wrap. Wipe an egg well with a damp paper towel to wet it, then set the egg atop the papers.
Wrap the plastic around the egg, gently pressing the tissue papers against it. Remove the plastic wrap and the tissue papers, then set the egg aside to dry. (Paper towel tubes cut into rings make great drying stands for finished eggs.)
For a specific design, such as our butterfly or monogram, wet your egg well with a damp paper towel, then lay a shape cut from the tissue paper onto the egg. (Set your egg on a piece of bubble packaging to keep it from rolling away while you work.) Gently press the damp paper towel over the tissue paper cutout.
Then remove the towel and the tissue to reveal the design. Repeat to add details, if you like, then allow the egg to dry.


Stretch the uses of an ordinary office supply with this easy technique.
Eggs
Dye
Rubber bands
Just wrap your egg with rubber bands before placing it in a container of dye.
Remove it when it reaches a shade you like, let it dry, then remove the rubber bands. Or, to give your egg a few different shades, take off only some of the bands before dyeing the egg in a second color.


Wrapper for leftovers, craft material, alien mind-reading shield. Here, aluminum foil is a vehicle for paint, leaving eggs with spots and blotches of color.
Eggs
Aluminum foil
Acrylic paint
First, crumple and uncrumple a large square of aluminum foil, then coat the foil with acrylic paint
Set the egg in the center of the foil and loosely wrap it. Gently press the foil against the egg, then remove the egg and let it dry. Repeat with other colors, if you like.


All thumbs? No problem. Fingertips coated with paint create perfect tiny templates for mini animals, Easter eggs, faces, and more.
Eggs
Acrylic paints
Paper plates
Fine-point permanent marker
To put your prints to work, pour a bit of acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Dip your thumb
or finger into the paint, dab off any excess, then press it against the egg.
Let the paint dry completely before adding details with a fine-point permanent marker.


Instead of opting for the classic egg-dyeing technique this Easter, turn a new leaf with this reverse-stenciling method.
Small flat leaves (we used fern, cilantro, dill, thyme, and mint leaves)
Hard-boiled white eggs
Nylon stockings, cut into 3-inch-long sections
Rubber bands
Water
White vinegar
Food coloring
Large glasses, one for each dye bath (be sure they're wide enough to hold an egg)
Spoon
Lay a leaf on an egg, then cover it with a section of nylon stocking to hold it in place.
Pull together both open ends of the stocking, then twist the ends together and secure them with a rubber band.
For each dye bath, mix 1/2 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 10 to 20 drops of food coloring in a glass. Carefully submerge the nylon-wrapped egg in the bath and let it soak for about 4 minutes.
Use a spoon to remove the egg from the dye bath and set it on a covered work surface. Carefully remove the rubber band, nylon, and leaf. Allow the egg to dry completely before further handling it.



Mosaic Eggs
Dye your eggs as normal. Hard boil some eggs but do not dye them. Peel off the egg shell and glue it to the colored eggs.












Use panty hose knotted on either end to hold down plants/flowers before dying for this unique look






How to Make Beautiful Easter Eggs on a Budget
Nothing says Easter like beautiful, hand decorated eggs, and luckily, Easter eggs are one of the least expensive and easiest holiday decorations to make!
All you need to create your own Easter eggs is a dozen eggs and supplies you probably already have at home. You can use them as centerpieces, Easter basket fillers, table d├ęcor or of course for those famous Easter egg hunts that families love to have. We’ve found the easiest ways to make the most beautiful eggs right and compiled a list with all of the steps right here in this article. Have fun, and create beautiful eggs!

Before decorating any Easter egg, you’ll want to hollow out the eggs so that they won’t rot.

How to Hollow Out an Egg Take a long pin and pierce two holes in either end of your egg, making one of the holes larger than the other. Poke the pin through one hole into the center of the egg to break the yolk. Position the larger hole over a bowl and using your mouth or an egg blower, blow into the smaller hole so that the yolk empties into the bowl. Let the egg dry completely before decorating.

The Classic Easter Egg Fill a cup with a mixture of boiling water, 1-2 tsp or vinegar and several drops of the desired food coloring. Using tongs or a pin stuck into a hole at the top of your hollowed-out egg, dip your egg into the dye mixture for several minutes, then remove and dry.

Crayon Easter Egg Trick Before using the classic Easter egg dying method, create designs with a wax crayon onto the egg and then dip into the dye. The dye will not adhere to the wax and you can create interesting and unique designs this way.

Yarn Swirls After drying and drying your eggs, spray with adhesive spray and wrap needlepoint thread around the egg in wild patterns. Spray with the adhesive again and let dry. Use a different colored thread and repeat the process to get a layered, colorful effect on your egg.

Decoupage Make a solution that’s half glue, half water. Paint this solution onto your hollowed out, dried eggs and apply pieces of colored paper, napkins, old stamps and bits of magazines to the outside of your eggs. Then, paint another coat of the glue solution over the decoupage papers to seal them onto the egg.

Glitter Eggs An easy and glamorous alternative to dying eggs is to bedazzle them with glitter. All you need is glitter and craft glue and you’re good to go. After hollowing out your eggs and letting them dry, cover each egg with craft glue, then roll in the glitter of your choice. Air dry the eggs and when they’re done, you’ve got sparkly, glam Easter eggs.

Scarf & Tie Easter Eggs You can transfer the patterns from silk fabric onto your eggs by wrapping eggs tightly with the dyed side of the fabric touching the un-boiled eggshell, then wrapping the wrapped egg in un-dyed cotton and boiling with 3 tbsp of white vinegar for 20 minutes. The dyed design on the fabric transfers like magic onto the eggs. You can use old scarves, ties, blouses – even boxer shorts! To get a shiny effect, wait until they’re dry, then wipe with a rag coated in olive oil.

Centerpiece Idea To create a beautiful Easter centerpiece that’s festive and functional, all you need are your decorated Easter eggs, some ribbon, a tree branch and small vase.

How to Make the Centerpiece: String a ribbon through the holes that you poked earlier at the top and bottom of the egg so that the ribbon is strung through the inside of the hollowed out egg, with pieces of ribbon hanging out of either end of the egg. Tie a knot at one end of the ribbon to secure it to the end of the egg. Tie the other end to one of the tree branches you’ve found and place the branches artfully into a beautiful vase.

Your centerpiece is gorgeous, unique, and because of the height of the branches, your guests should all still be able to see one another while eating Easter dinner.

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