Easter is upon us, and now that we have an Easter Basket, we need eggs to fill it. So gather the family around, and letís have a look at different ways to decorate an Easter Egg.
Easter Eggs - ((brian)), Flickr
Embossing Embossing creates a raised image on the surface of the material ó in this case, the eggshell. The result is a design that is dye-resistant, shiny, and solid.
To do this, youíll need to create the design on the egg with a small rubber stamp and an embossing or ink pad, depending on the colour of the egg you are using. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the design, and remove the excess before melting the powder with a heat embossing tool until shiny and solid. Submerge in dye for 30 seconds before blotting and drying.
Glitter You can do this either by drawing a design with glue and sprinkling loose glitter on top, or by using good olí glitter pens. Be creative!
Easter Eggs - fly, Flickr
Embellishing There are many ways to embellish your egg. You can glue things onto the surface, such as a nice ribbon; you can use small stickers ó small, because larger ones wonít stick flat; or you can even do a little finger painting. Use felt-tip pens to add details as well.
Decorating - Eden, Janine, and Jim, Flickr
Wax Draw designs on your egg using hot wax or crayon before submerging in dye, letting it dry, and then remove the wax by melting it in the oven. The temperature of the oven should be around 250 degrees, and you would leave the egg in a foil-lined baking tray for about ten minutes, or until the wax starts to melt, before wiping it off with a paper towel.
The wax or crayon is resistant to dye, so your design will reflect the original colour of the egg after it has been wiped off ó if you want a different colour underneath, you will have to dye it before applying the wax.
Easter Eggs - RichardBH, Flickr
You can use masking tape, rubber bands, lace, stickers, or even leaves to add patterns to your eggs while you dye them. With the first four, it is important that the material you are using is firmly adhered to the egg with no gaps for the dye to seep through. Blot the dyed egg and leave to dry before peeling off the material.
For leaves, or flowers, use egg whites to stick them onto the surface of the egg. Then place the egg in a stocking or nylon and tie securely before submerging in dye. When the egg is the right colour, blot the egg, peel away the leaf, and then leave to dry with the pattern facing upwards.
Easter eggs - Selena N.B.H., Flickr
So what are some of your favourite ways to decorate your Easter eggs? Share with us your best creations and tell us how you made them. Happy decorating!