Great Easter Egg Decorating Ideas: Procrastination– Eggs
You’ve probably already colored all your eggs and prepared your baskets and rented the bunny costume you’re going to make your husband wear on Saturday night to hide all the eggs. You know, just to keep the ‘magic’ in the holiday for the kids. (“For The Kids” = “It’s Been A Long Winter And This Would Be Really Funny.”) But we haven’t because I am lazy and a heathen.
So here’s a collection of last minute Easter Egg Tips.
Family Fun is full of good ideas, as always. As a delightful aside I can’t seem to fit anywhere else, Best Deal Magazines has a daily deal and on Saturday, April 7th, they’re offering Wondertime magazine (a magazine a lot of you have recommended to me), for a year at just $3.59. I’ve ordered from BestDeal several times and have never had problems.
Rereading that paragraph, it’s clear, I am having trouble with the segues today. But Wondertime! For less than a gallon of gas (almost). It had to be said.
Easter Eggs. Just stick with the eggs Melissa. Oh look, there’s a bunny!
My brother dated a German exchange student in college and she showed us how her family decorated easter eggs. They didn’t hard boil them, they used a pinhole to blow out the insides of the eggs and then painted the outside with watercolors. I was never good with the watercolor, my eggs were covered in gray-ish blue blobs, but loved the delicate eggs we made using her technique. Family Fun suggests using decoupage (glue) to decorate your eggs with images from magazines, scrapbook paper or clip art. Even easier, for you last minuters: stickers!
Another great decorating idea are these Rubber Band Eggs. Apparently it’s possible to wrap large rubber bands around a hard boiled egg covering it completely without breaking it. You then dip the eggs into the dye creating lovely patterns where the dye seeps under the rubber bands. I’m trying this on Saturday when we do our eggs and will report back on Tuesday.
In school did you ever do the thing where you put white glue all over your hand, let it dry and then peel it away? This is why this technique appeals to me. You drizzle rubber cement on your egg, let it dry completely and dip it into your dye. Let dry again and remove the rubber cement. Is it just me or does everyone else have gloppy experiences with rubber cement? Maybe I need a brand new container.
What kind of dye to use. I bought PAAS dyes last year on clearance for seventy-five cents. If you want a more experimental technique your kids will be amazed by, you can try making natural egg dyes. I found this link via Mod*Mom, a site I’ve been enjoying.
For your easter baskets, I like these papier mache eggs you can fill with candy or trinkets. They’re quite a bit like the New Year’s Eve favors I made for our smaller guests. I didn’t decorate mine, just used colored tissue paper which could make the process a little easier since this is the last minute.
I’m trying to cut back on the volume of candy my kids get because my kids, as evidenced by my Heathen Daughter’s view of Passover, are SPOILED. This is why I love this birds nest filled with candy at Design Mom. A manageable amount of candy.
Martha….I love you Martha. We share initials and I look to you for inspiration, and sometimes I even use your crazy ideas. But this? It’s a little over the top. I think they’re beautiful, but if you keep this up I’m buying a PAAS kit and calling it Easter. (I admit, this is really cute.)
In closing, following the awkward segue theme, my family will be attending an easter egg hunt in downtown Detroit on Sunday. You could insert your gun/murder/drug joke here but take note: we were not invited to an easter egg hunt in our suburban neighborhood this Sunday.