Hello my fellow Easter egg artist,
I have to say I love dying egg with the kids; it’s one of those simple things that can really be a fun family event. Here are a few tips for dying your eggs.
Now the most important part of this whole thing is the boiling of the eggs. There is nothing worse than having all that fun and then be sabotaged by under cooked eggs…what a bummer! So for the perfect hard boiled egg, every time, just watch my video on the “perfect hard boiled eggs.”
- Everyone should wash their hands in hot, soapy water, before and after handling eggs(even if they’ve already been cooked or decorated)! This protects everyone from any bacteria on the egg, and protects the eggshell from any oils on your hands that may make the dye not adhere properly. Make sure an adult supervises all projects to ensure common sense food safety precautions are observed.
- Kids don’t have to be highly creative to create an eggceptional egg. Help kids use their imagination to create cool looking eggs by gluing on fun materials found at craft stores, like fake gems, sequins, trims and ribbons. They can also use paint, including gold or silver metallic paints, to make their eggs “eggstra” special!
- To create an egg with a face, create a light flesh color by dipping your egg in a dye that’s made of a little bit of red and yellow coloring; for a darker flesh color, use a little red, yellow, and green. Then let kids “eggspress” themselves – with a smile or other design they paint on (or use the method below to create a “Pysanky” face). PAAS® Egg Heads™ and stencil kits are a fun and easy option to create egg faces.
- To make eggs with several different colors(sometimes called a “Pysanky,” or Ukranian egg), have kids draw on their egg with the clear wax crayon” found in many decorating kits. Each time they use the crayon, they protect that color from the dye. For example, keep an area white by drawing on the egg before they dip your egg in any color. Then dip the egg in the lighter colored dye first and then move to darker colored dyes. Just be sure to let the first dye color dry before dipping it into next color “bath.” Cover up more areas to keep the color, and peel the wax off of other areas to add color. When they’ve finished dying your “Pysanky,” peel off all the wax layers to reveal an interesting multi-color design. Polish the egg by rubbing in any remaining wax (heat egg slightly in hot water).
Happy Easter to you all and God Bless.