With Easter fast approaching I decided to try a variety of Easter egg decorating techniques. Pinterest has a TON of help in that area, so I hit them up for some tips and inspiration. I'm REALLY happy with the results!
The first technique involved using nail polish, called the Drip method. Pretty simple actually, just drip some polish of a couple colors into a container of water, use a tooth pick to gently and slowly merge the colors together a bit, dip the egg half way in, and repeat that process for the other side of the egg. Pretty cool, right?!
Another technique was using uncooked rice and food coloring. Well, of course I had no rice, but I had coconut flakes, so I improvised and it worked pretty well. You put rice (or coconut flakes in my case) into a small plastic container, add 15 drops of food coloring, shake it up and then put in a hard boiled egg and gently shake again. The egg becomes covered with a speckled design. My grandson made the light green one in this image (inside the basket next to the purple one).
The final technique I tried was tie dye. Super easy, but here's a warning... WEAR GLOVES! You can use paper towels, but I used wet wipes. Put a hard boiled egg in the center of the paper towel or wet wipe. Gather all of the wet wipe or paper towel material to the top, gently twist and secure with a small rubber band. Spray the whole thing to dampen it, and then while holding it up, add dots, stripes etc. of a variety of food colorings (Here's why you need the gloves!). After you have the colors the way you like, spray again to let the colors blend a little bit. Let these dry over night for the most saturated colors. I didn't take a picture of EVERY individual egg, so hopefully you can figure out my descriptions here...... The pretty red, green & white one in the center of the plate, along with the yellow, green & white one on the left (above the purple one) and the green with yellow stripe at the bottom are all tie dyed.
There are literally thousands of ways to decorate Easter eggs, as I discovered. Some are WAY too artsy for my talents, but these were fairly simple, I had the ingredients (well, besides the rice), and the grand kids were able to participate in some of the designs, which they thought was pretty fun. The colorful eggs also made for a great food photography project, and A LOT of egg salad. Thank goodness I love egg salad!