Dye and Design One-of-a-Kind Easter Eggs
Great Ideas for Self-Made Easter Decorations
Whether whole or hollowed, dyed, painted, or artistically decorated, Easter eggs are an integral part of any Easter basket and Easter decorations. Here we’ve gathered together several ideas on how you can simply create your very own one-of-a-kind Easter eggs. Let yourself be inspired!
Natural Easter Eggs
You can use simple means to naturally spruce up your Easter eggs - you can use either hardboiled or hollowed-out eggs.
You can really make your Easter eggs grab people’s attention in an uncomplicated fashion by using some feathers either found in nature or in a craft store. Besides the feathers, all you’ll need is napkin glue and a soft brush or small foam applicator. You can use these tools to carefully glue the feathers on the egg while making sure to keep the small hairs on the feathers straight. The feathers should be relatively small and their shafts quite thin to ensure the feathers stick well to the eggs. After the glue is dry, you can add a second layer of napkin glue to make sure everything holds solid.
You can use the same idea as above with pre-pressed flower petals: just carefully glue them to the Easter egg with napkin glue and let the eggs dry. Early bloomers such as snowdrops, crocuses, or liverleaves work especially well for this idea. Violets are also well suited even though these often first bloom after Easter, thus making it necessary to press and dry them out the year before. You can either use petals still attached to the stem or simply use separated petals on a hollowed-out egg.
You can also brilliantly dye your Easter eggs with natural colours from vegetables, fruits, and herbal extracts. Here you’ll need to start out with white eggs. In addition you can use the following depending on which colour(s) you decide on:
red beets or cranberry juice
Simply put both the eggs and colour ingredients in a pot, cover with water, and gently cook for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes are up, put the eggs in a heat-resistant container, cover the eggs with the liquid from the pot, and add one tablespoon of vinegar per 250 ml of liquid. After approximately 4-12 hours, remove the eggs from the liquid.
Easter eggs with colour gradients are currently a popular trend on Pinterest. Depending on how long the eggs remain in the natural dye, they’ll be left with either a light or dark shade of colour. The longer the eggs sit in the coloured liquid, the more intense the colour. This will leave you with brilliant colour gradients.
Easter Eggs with Photos
By using a very similar technique to transferring photos to wood, you can also design Easter eggs with your own personal photos.
All it takes is some napkin glue, a white egg, a brush, and a mirrored laser printout of your photo (cropped and cut to the right size for the egg). First cover the egg with a layer of napkin glue. Then attach the photo with the ink-side facing the egg. After that, cover the photo with a bit more glue.
When everything is dry, use a bit of lukewarm water and a dish sponge to carefully remove the paper from the egg. Once the egg is again dry, cover the image with some more glue. Done!
Easter Eggs with Varnish and Patterns
You can use a simple marker or paint stick to paint brilliant patterns on hollowed-out eggs. To make your Easter tree appear a bit more modern and tidy, it’s a good idea to use the same colour and paint different patterns and designs. Alternatively, you could use different colours to paint the same pattern, for instance only striped or dotted Easter eggs. It’d also be a good idea to use markers in varying degrees of thickness.
You could also use colourful nail polish remnants to give your Easter eggs more of a noble marble look. For this you’ll just need some hollowed-out white eggs, nail polish in various compatible colours, wooden skewers, and either empty yogurt containers or old glasses.
Cover your work area to make sure you don’t get any unsightly spots anywhere. Start out by filling up the yogurt container with enough water so the egg is completely submersed. Then pour in some nail polish (either crisscross or in a pattern). Then stick a skewer into the opening of the egg and speedily sink and raise the egg in the water. This will ensure the nail polish sticks to the egg. To make sure nothing gets mixed together, you then take another skewer and stick it through the other hole in the egg. After that, carefully let the egg dry for about two hours while resting over the container.