With Easter’s metaphorical fuzzy tail and bunny ears nearing more and more with each day of the week, what better way to prepare for the holiday, than to brainstorm how you’re going to decorate your eggs? Sure, egg decorating isn’t a full-scale interior design project, but it can still be fun!
Of course, some would consider egg decorating boring, but what more could you expect from a person who simply buys paint tablets, shoves the eggs in their bowls and waits? They’re basically waiting for paint to dry and if cartoons have taught us anything, it’s that this is not a fun task. Many people have put their imagination to work when it comes to decorating eggs, specifically to avoid both dullness and repetitiveness. Below you will not only find new ways to decorate your eggs, but also quick cleaning tips, for those whose artistry tends to leave a mess.
This method can be costly in regard to your closet, as it will require a silk fabric with a pattern. If you have such fabrics you can use, make sure to wrap an entire, raw egg, with the printed side facing the shell. Afterwards, you’ll need to place the eggs in a white sheet or pillowcase, before submerging them into an enamel bowl, filled with water. You’ll then need to bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for 20 minutes (longer if you want to eat the eggs) once you’ve turned down the heat. Lastly, you’ll need to remove the eggs from the sheet and the silk fabric from the eggs before you let them cool.
Level of difficulty: Moderate | Cleaning method: None, but you will need to throw away the silk fabric you used.
Electrical tape and rubber bands
This is perfect for those who enjoy striped patterns and stripes in general. All you’ll need to do is carefully tape an egg’s shell before painting it. After the paint has dried, simply remove the tape or rubber bands. If one set of stripes or one colour isn’t enough for you, just re-apply a new layer of tape or rubber bands and paint another layer of stripes. You can do this to overlap stripes and create more intricate patterns.
Level of difficulty: Easy | Cleaning method: Any excess or dried-up paint splashes or drips can easily be cleaned either with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar.
Note that these eggs are used only for decor, while the ones above can still be eaten after they’ve been decorated.
My husband is a huge Game of Thrones (and Khaleesi) fan, so we decided that we’ll recreate Dany’s dragon eggs for him! Creating these is simple – all you’ll need are a few styrofoam eggs, tacks and matching spray or acrylic paint. First, you’ll need to carefully layer the tacks all over the egg, to achieve a scale-like shell. Once this step is complete, all you’ll need to do is coat the new, scaly surface with the paint of your choice, before letting it air dry. And voilà, your very own dragon eggs!
Level of difficulty: Moderate | Cleaning method: Same as the one above.
Other ways you can decorate include drawing with chalk, painting with water colours and dyeing with vegetables, fruits and other various consumables. Just make sure to keep a rag and either a bottle of rubbing alcohol or vinegar nearby, in case of any splashes, drips or spills. Also, always wear some form of light protective gear, as you don’t want to stain your clothes.