DIY Thursdays: Creative Ways to Decorate Your Eggs this Easter
Easter is a few weeks away and most people are starting to purchase Easter baskets, plan out their Easter meals, and purchase fancy outfits. But most people wait until the last minute to buy the generic off-the-counter Easter egg coloring kit.
This year instead of doing the same old color change with those eggs, try one of these creative ideas to give your Easter eggs that extra special unique touch.
Tissue Paper Eggs
This creative method for decorating eggs is a perfect way to get the entire family involved with the creative process. There’s no dye, so that means no mess and no splatter. The best part is that there is no wrong way to do it.
• Hard-boiled r blown eggs
• Tissue paper
• Mod Podge (an acid-free type of glue that can be found at your local craft store)
• A small bowl of water
• Soda bottle caps
• A paint brush
1. Cut or rip your tissue paper into small, randomly shaped pieces.
2. Dip your paintbrush in the water and wet your egg until it is damp, not soaked or dripping.
3. Gently proceed in layering on the tissue paper.
4. Use the paintbrush to gently moisten the tissue paper so that it lays flat on the egg.
5. Once you have covered the egg with enough tissue paper to your liking, set the egg on a bottle cap to allow the egg to dry up a bit.
6. Before the egg dried out fully, coat the top half of the egg with Mod Podge and let it dry for about 20 minutes.
7. Flip the egg over and repeat the process until the entire egg has been coated.
Adding glue dots to already-died eggs, gives it a unique touch without spending a lot of money.
• Egg dye
• Hard-boiled eggs, cooled
• Color sand (which can be found at any crafts store) or glitter
• Small bowls
• Glue dots or lines (which can be found in various sizes in the scrapbooking/tape/glue aisles of craft stores)
1. Dye the hard-boiled eggs and allow them to dry completely.
2. Pour the color sand (or glitter) in a bowl.
3. Apply glue dots or lines to one half of your egg, then gently roll that side of the egg in the sand (or glitter), covering the glue completely.
4. Repeat with the other half of the egg.
*Note: Be careful when rolling the egg in the sand (or glitter) as you don’t want the glue/tape to stick to the surface of the bowl.
Minnie’s Polka-Dot Eggs
Inspired by Minnie Mouse, these polka-dotted pink eggs and bring an interesting touch to your Easter egg hunt.
• Hard-boiled eggs (white-shelled)
• Small sticker dots, about 3/8 inch in diameter
• Easter egg dye
• A spoon
• A cup or a mug
• Paper towels
1. Apply dot stickers to the hardboiled eggs to create an even polka-dot pattern. Press firmly so that they won’t come off. If the eggs have been refrigerated after cooking, you will have to let them warm up by sitting out before sticking anything on them.
2. Mix the dye with water in a cup or mug according to the instructions on the dye packaging.
3. Use the spoon to lower the egg into the dye mixture and leave it fully submerged for several seconds.
4. Remove the egg before the stickers soften and begin to absorb the dye.
5. Use a paper towel to pat dry the egg shell.
6. Gently peel off the stickers. If you have trouble taking the stickers off of the eggs, try running a thin stream of cold water over them until they soften up, and then rub away the paper with your finger tip.
Jessica Williams is Consolidated Credit’s Marketing Communications New Media Coordinator. As a member of the education team, Jessica focuses on helping consumers make better financial decisions while living debt-free. She has previously worked with Take Stock In Children, where she was a mentor and communications specialist, and SouthPromo.com, where she managed community relations, event planning, marketing, and public relations. Jessica attended both the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida where she received her B.S. in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications and Marketing. Connect with Jessica on Google+. (https://plus.google.com/112988365558975458692/?rel=author)