Monday, April 2, 2012

Play: Decorated Eggs

I don't know about you, but I get tired of doing the same thing every year. Actually, I get tired of thinking about doing the same thing every year because if I'm honest, I don't decorate eggs every year. But I think about doing it it. And now that Sebastian is way more into things this year than last and his interest is only going to keep on increasing, I think I'll be doing more decorating of eggs.

But I don't want to do the same ole thing. So I looked for some new (at least to me) ideas for how to decorate eggs, and I thought I'd share them with you.

The ones I'm featuring today are blown out eggs. You could probably do the same technique on hard boiled eggs, but some people get a little crazy when non-food items touch the outside of food items, even if it's protected by a shell.  So, these are for blown out eggs. Hopefully tomorrow, I'll have a post for the hard boiled variety.
But before I begin my "gallery", let me share a tip I learned for blowing out eggs. Don't use your mouth! I mean,  you can, but I always found that part a little icky, plus, if I was not going to be wasteful, I felt strange serving other people my breathified eggs. So, I used a clean ear bulb (or a clean nasal aspirator or "snot sucker" would work, too). And it worked great! I didn't have to put my mouth on raw egg, and I didn't have to feel weird about the resulting scrambled eggs. It was a win-win for me.

"And now," cried Christina, "let the wild gallery start!" (I like Where the Wild Things Are...I'm not ashamed :) )

1. Paper Napkin Decopage

Basically, you take a printed paper napkin, split it if it's two ply, and glue it to your egg using mod podge or a mix of equal parts water and elmer's glue. I cut mine into strips, but if you had a flower or a symbol or letter, you could just paste that right on.

2. Sharpie

Who says you have to dip to color your eggs? Just use marker! This was easy and no clean up. I went with dots for a simple understated look. But you could easily be more detailed or go for a tatooed or henna look.

3. Crayon Resist

Before you dip your egg, draw on your egg with crayon. The dye will not adhere where the crayon wax was, so you'll be left with a nice contrast after you dip.

4. Stamp Ink

This was the egg that Sebastian helped me on. That's his little thumb print all over that egg. Basically, you just stamp on the egg like you would paper. If you have actual stamps, you could easily make a great design on an uncolored or colored egg.

5. Partial Dip

I was finding that dipping blown out eggs was quite difficult to keep them submerged. So I decided not to submerge this one. I dipped it in two different colors but changed the orientation of the egg between colors. This is a simple way to get multiple colors on an egg. I think a plaid look in this style would look awesome!

6. Contact Paper

For this method, you cut out pieces of contact paper in the shape of the whatever you want to be left undyed. I actually dipped the whole egg first and then adhered the contact paper, so that I would be let with a golden cross. The only tip I would give for this method is to make really, really sure that your contact paper is as flush to the egg shell as possible. Mine seeped in on the edges in a few places despite my best efforts, so really stick it well.

7. Tissue Paper Decopage

This is much like the paper napkin decopage, except it's cheaper (printed napkins are expensive!) and it's more free form. I just cut squares of tissue paper and pasted them on in this argyle type style.

Of all the methods, I have to say that I enjoyed the decopage methods the best. They were easy. They were different. And I really loved the results.

How are you decorating your eggs this year?

2 comments :

  1. Another tip is to use Electrical tape. Cut the electrical tape into any shape you want and stick them flush against the egg. Make sure there's no gaps where dye can seep in. After you finished dying the eggs, peel off the electrical tape and the shape/design remains.

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    1. I also saw a tutorial for using masking tape instead of the contact paper. I think it all basically works the same way. Just use whatever you have on hand!

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