Beautify your basket with hard-boiling tips and decorating tricks for the ultimate Easter eggs.
Stripes: Rubber bands of varying widths, placed tightly around the egg, will leave stripes of the under-color after dyeing.
Wax-resistant patterns: Use crayons to create patterns on hard-boiled eggs. The wax will repel dye when dipped. An adult can then place the dyed, dried eggs on foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet in 250 degree oven for 10 minutes to melt the wax. Lastly, remove the eggs and carefully remove residue with paper towels.
Animals: Create a bunny, hen, pig or even the family pet using the egg as the body and adding ears, tail, and so on. Use pipe cleaners, yarn, paper cutouts, non-toxic markers and pompons will bring your critters to life.
Stencils: Tape small stencils to the egg and brush or sponge-on acrylic paint.
Centerpieces: For an eye-catching centerpiece, try layering eggs and Easter grass, in a wide-mouth glass vase (a large tube or cube works beautifully).
Secrets to a Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg
Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Cover with 1 inch of cold water. Cover pot and bring to boil. Remove pan from heat as soon as boil is reached. Let the eggs stand, covered, in the hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (about 12 minutes for medium, about 18 for extra large). Cool immediately in an ice-water bath.
Egg Safety Handling Tips
- Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the eggs at every step, including cooking, cooling and dyeing.
- If you won't be coloring your eggs right after cooking them, store them in their cartons in the refrigerator.
- Don't cook or color cracked eggs. Discard them.
- Use non-toxic crayons, pens, paints, glue and other art supplies on any eggs you will eat later.
- Don't eat eggs that have been unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours.
- Hiding hard-boiled eggs for your Easter egg hunt may introduce harmful bacteria. Consider using plastic eggs for this purpose if you plan on eating the real ones.
- About 1.5 percent of young children are allergic to eggs, which can cause skin irritation or anaphalaxis, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphalaxis Network (FAAN). To keep your affected youngster safe, make paper maiche eggs in lieu of dying the real thing.
Enormous Easter Eggs How-To
What you need:
• Plaster of Paris
• Disposable squeeze bottle(s) with squirt cap
• Large bowl of water
• Sand paper
• Paints, ribbons, and other decorative materials
Pour 1 cup of water and then 2 cups of plaster of Paris into your squeeze bottle, screw on the squirt cap, and shake vigorously to mix. Attach the mouth of a balloon to the opening of the squeeze bottle. Holding the balloon, gently squeeze half the plaster mixture into the balloon. Tie off the balloon and place it in a bowl of water until plaster hardens (about 30 minutes). Repeat with another balloon.
One squeeze bottle of mixed plaster will make two large eggs. To make more plaster eggs, immediately rinse the squeeze bottle and cap in a bucket of water before the plaster residue hardens. Once the plaster has hardened, carefully cut away the balloon, and allow your giant "egg" to cure for several hours. Sand off any uneven parts and allow your child to paint and decorate with acrylic paints, ribbons, buttons, or glitter.