Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas: Part 1

by Gayle Goodson Butler
Editor in Chief, Better Homes and Gardens
Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Whether you are simply dyeing eggs or decorating them in creative ways, this classic Easter activity can go beyond egg hunts and into beautiful art. Wow your friends and family with our egg ideas!  Below are the first six ideas in the article by Gayle:

Sticker-and-Dye Egg Designs

1. To create these fun and funky designs, firmly adhere stickers around an undyed egg, pressing out any air bubbles. Dye the egg using an egg-dye kit. Allow to dry completely. Remove stickers to reveal your perfectly patterned egg!

Banded Egg Design
2. Create a bold look with graphic stripes on dyed eggs. Wrap eggs with wide rubber bands (the ones often found on broccoli at the supermarket) before dunking them in dye. Wash rubber bands well between uses to avoid transferring dye.

Scrapbook Notions
3. Impress your kids (and grown-ups as well) with gorgeous eggs decorated from your scrapbooking stash. Trims, stickers, rub-ons, and gems can give an ordinary dyed egg extraordinary flair. You can even use stickers as masks before you dip the eggs in dye. Make sure your eggs are dry before you try to embellish them.

Vibrant Dyed Eggs with Flowers
4. To get bright and colorful eggs, coat them multiple times using an egg-dye kit. Once dry, stick pretty floral stickers onto the eggs to create a simple and festive Easter decoration.

Quick-and-Easy Easter Egg Decorations
5. If Mother Nature dyed Easter eggs, they'd probably feature something like these beautifully subdued shades. The secret is natural dyes made with household ingredients such as strong coffee, grape juice, blueberries, orange peel, and beet juice. Follow the link below for recipes.

Pysanky Eggs
6.These eggs were decorated using Pysanky, the ancient Ukrainian folk art of wax-and-dye egg decorating. To create these designs, stick metal pins in pencil erasers, dip the pinheads in melted wax, and draw wax patterns on hard-boiled eggs before dyeing them.


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