Wednesday, August 1, 2012

COLORFUL EASTER EGGS

I saw this idea for coloring Easter eggs on a Martha Stewart show years ago and thought I would share. I don't know what it is about these eggs, but I love them! I love the bright colors, I love the variety, and I love how simple they are to make.

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We started by cleaning out our eggs.  I really like doing this because you can keep your eggs for years!  I've had some of mine for around six years now.  The first year I made these, I blew the yoke out by hand errr I guess you would say mouth. :)  It took a looooong time and it was not very fun.  Then I found out about an incredible fantastic amazing little tool called a Blas-Fix.  This little guy that will make this part of the project a MILLION times easier! 
 The little green thingamabobber acts as a drill when you twist it, and makes a small hole in the egg.  We decided to use a Dremel to save time. 




Next, you'll want to stick something in the hole you made and scramble up the yolk a bit.  We used a bamboo skewer to do this.  If you don't do this, you'll end up with an egg that explodes on you.  Some of us...ok ALL of us learned this lesson the hard way. :)


Now you can put the needle like end of your blas-fix into the hole and use the hand pump to flush out the inside of the egg.  Once you get all the yolk out, I would recommend using the blas-fix to squirt some water in your egg to really get it clean.  No stinky eggs here. :)

 
So the prep work is a little time consuming, but now the fun part begins.

Mix up your colors.  This is not an exact science but I've added a simple recipe below to make it easier.


Recipe
3 cups of water
20 drops of food coloring 
2 teaspoons of vinegar

Next you'll take your rubber cement and drizzle it all over your egg.  There is no right way to do this so just have fun with it. 



You'll need to let the rubber cement dry before you start coloring the eggs. We used bamboo skewers to prop the eggs up in a cup.  


Once the rubber cement has dried you can dip your egg into one of the colors.  The intensity of the color you'll get depends on how long you keep your egg in the water.  The longer you keep the egg in the water the deeper the color will get.  

Once you're happy with the color of your egg.  Prop it up on the skewer again and let it dry.  There were four of us making eggs, so we had eggs everywhere!  As you can see, things got a little messy at my small table. :)



Now ever so gently, rub the rubber cement off of your egg using your fingers.  There are a few different way to proceed now...big decisions!  Hehe. :)  You can dip your egg into a second color or if you're like my mom and like the tone on tone look, you can dip your egg back into the original color.  My sister Libby decided she liked the egg with just one color so skipped this next step.  I thought they all turned out great!





So, what do you think?  Do you have a favorite way to decorate Easter eggs?  Have you ever used a Blax-Fix?  I would love to hear from you....whoever you are. ;)