One of my favourite past-times over the Easter holiday is decorating Easter eggs with the family. It’s such a fun, easy and crafty project that gets you in the spirit of Easter. After all the egg is one of the most iconic symbols of Easter next to the Easter bunny.
The way you decorate your Easter eggs can be as easy or intricate as you please. I generally opt for the easy peasy method of just dying the egg one solid colour. Depending on how skilled you are, you could attempt to decorate the eggs in different patterns or utilizing other crafting supplies, such as: lace, beads, stickers, and googly eyes. The options of dEGGorating are truly endless.
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Not sure how to go about dEGGorating… Here are some great tips to get you on your way:

1) How to Hollow Your Egg
o Wash and dry an egg.
o Using a large needle, pierce both ends of the shell. Make sure you pierce the needle deep enough to break the egg yolk.
o Wiggle the needle around in a circular motion to open the hole at one end of the egg.
o Holding the egg over a bowl, blow into the large opening at one end of the egg to force the egg white and yolk out of the egg. Gently rinse off the shell with cold water; allow it to dry completely.

2) How to Dye Your Easter Egg
o If using store-bought dye, prepare according to package directions; if using natural dye, mix 1 teaspoon vinegar with 1/4 teaspoon of food colouring. Pour the dye into 3/4 of a cup of water, in a cup or glass deep enough to cover the entire egg.
o Using tongs or a spoon, place the egg in the dye. Do not drop the egg in, or the shell might hit the bottom of the cup and crack. You can also thread a thin wire through the holes in each end of the hollowed egg shell, bending the wire at one end so the egg won’t slip off.
o Completely submerge the egg in the dye until they are the desired colour, from two to five minutes. Remember, the longer you leave the egg in the dye, the deeper the colour will get.
o Remove eggs from the dye and allow to dry before adding another colour or continuing to decorate.
Tip – Place eggs on a cake rack to allow them to dry quickly and evenly.

3) Tips to Customize Your Easter Egg
Easter eggs can be customized in many ways using many common craft items, such as: markers, glitter, and crayons to customize you eggs. Here are some suggestions on how to make your Easter egg creations extra special:
o Sprinkle sparkles over a freshly-dyed egg for a glittery finish.
o Before putting the egg in the dye, draw a pattern on the shell with a white crayon. The wax in the crayon will prevent the dye from sticking to the egg, leaving a white pattern.
o Apply small stickers to, or wrap rubber bands around the egg before dying; remove once the egg is dry, leaving an interesting pattern.
o Mix one tablespoon of vegetable oil into the dye to create a marble effect on your Easter eggs.
o Once dry, paint the egg using acrylic paints and small makeup or craft sponges. You can also sponge paint small designs on the eggs using a stencil.
o Glue small beads, embroidery thread or lace onto the Easter egg to create additional textures and effects.
o Apply googly eyes and other accessories to Easter eggs to create cute animals or faces.
o Rub Easter eggs with a little vegetable oil for extra sheen.

Tomorrow, I will be spending the afternoon getting crafty in the kitchen with my little critters. I can’t wait to see their minds explode in creativity as we get dEGGorating. 
What are some of your favourite ways to decorate Easter eggs?

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