Thought I would share my bit of creativity for free easter egg keepsakes. I made these with my 22mth old boy and we had a blast.
What you need:
* Eggs – for keepsakes, poke a small whole on each end of the raw egg and blow out the insides.Be careful when you do this so that you dont crack the shell. TIP: Use the eggs to make an omelette for dinner.
* Food dyes
* Vegetable or olive oil
* disposable or plastic gloves
* Paper towels
* Glitter & clear nail polish (Optional). can also use clear varnish
* Crayons – optional
After you have blown-out the raw eggs, ensure all of the shells are dry. Make up your coloured dyes in glass or disposable bowls with warm water (enough to cover the whole egg shell. Place your shells into the dye of your choice and put another bowl small plate on top of the shells to ensure they dont float. The time to dye depends on the colour intensity you wish to achiever.
Once coloured, remove your shells and place on paper towels to dry.
To achieve a marble affect. place a small amount of oil into the dye mixture and submerge dried shells immediately – again the colour intensity you wish to achieve will determine how long you leave the shell in the dye. Repeat this as many times, with as many colours as you like, but ensure the shell is dry between colours.
You can also personalise your eggs, by writing a message or name with wax crayon after you have dyed your base coat. Then follow as above.
Wax crayons are also crate for adding a bit of extra colour or design to your eggs before finishing.
To finish, you can add 1-2 coats of glitter or clear nail polish to help harden the shells. Alternatively you can use clear varnish.
There is also nothing stoping you from trying this on hard boiled eggs for an extra special Easter breakfast treat. Simply add dye to your water when boiling the eggs to achieve your base coat.
I hope you enjoy making these as much as we did.
Posted by karina.nowak, 28th March 2013