This is Henry’s first year of actually trying to do some egg decorating.
We tried some new (to me) techniques this year. I got inspired by the 26 Ideas and Techniques for Egg Decorating list that I put together earlier this week.
Henry, my mom and I tried 4 techniques.
Vibrant Egg Dye
Aren’t these eggs vibrant?
We created our own egg dye this year and used My World – Made By Hand’s Vibrant Egg Dye Recipe.
I used liquid food coloring gels instead of the Wilton food coloring. (I have them readily available at the bakery.)
I chose to use Crayola crayons because I’ve heard that they work the best. The crayons melted so nicely – it was like writing with marker.
After drawing on them and letting them dry and cool, I tried dipping some in the egg dye.
(Henry really wanted to keep most of his white.)
The way the dye resisted the crayon wax amazed me. It wouldn’t go near the wax, not even close.
Which left for some pretty neat patterns!
Since Mom’s Crafty Space’s marbled eggs used acrylic paint and wooden eggs, we just used our food coloring gels to get the marble effect.
We placed a couple drops of food coloring in coordinating colors on a paper plate.
Placed an egg on it and slid it around the table, tipping it slightly to cover it as much as possible.
(Henry picked it up and shook it many times!)
After these dried a little (though the straight food coloring gel takes forever to dry), we dipped some quickly in the Vibrant Egg Dye to cover it completely.
Drip Dot Eggs
We also tried the drip eggs found at Crafts by Amanda.
These were my favorite.
Drip a few drops of food coloring onto the top of the egg.
(I propped it up in a mini muffin tin.)
Spritz a couple times with water.
Let the color drip and run around the egg!
The Marbled Eggs and the Drip Dot Eggs took forever to dry.
The collection of eggs:
And, of course, we forgot to put newspaper down before starting.
I really think Henry enjoyed scrubbing the table afterwards more than he liked decorating the eggs.