The egg was a symbol of rebirth and was used to celebrate spring before the Christians used eggs as a way to mark the resurrection of Jesus.
Painted eggs have been used for years for decoration, especially in Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Ukraine and Poland. This is not one of the new ideas for Easter eggs, but is one that needs to be re-visited because everyone can easily try it.
What is needed to make painted Easter eggs
- chicken eggs
- sharp sewing needle
- paper towels
- small brush
- colored ink, available at any good art or craft store.
- a piece of polystyrene
- can of polyurethane spray
- Thin ribbon or cord
- buttons or beads.
Preparation for coloring Easter eggs
- Take an egg and carefully prick a hole in the pointed end of the egg. This may take some time, so be patient and do not try to force it. You may need to gently turn and turn the needle, such as a drill. This is a task that is best left for the adults. Children can concentrate on the painting.
- Turn the egg around and pierce a hole in the other end, making this hole a bit bigger.
- Hold the egg over the bowl and press the needle or a tooth into it and gently squeeze it to break the yolk.
- Hold the end of the egg over the bowl and blow through the smaller hole until the egg yolks and the whites of the egg are all removed. This may take a while.
- Pass water through the holes and gently shake the egg to clean the inside.
- Dry with a paper towel
- Place the egg on a skewer and push the skewer into the polystyrene so that the egg can be supported during painting.
Making the painted Easter eggs
- The painting of the eggs is up to the individual. Dots, zigzags and lines can be used or flowers, even people and animals can be painted on the eggs.
- Let each color dry before adding a new color so that the ink does not overflow. Ink dries quickly, so here is an ideal medium for it.
- Let the finished eggs dry on the skewers
- When it is dry, a spray of polyurethane can be added if desired. This gives a radiant finish and protects the colors on the egg against fading.
Making pendants for the Easter eggs
- Find a nice fine ribbon or cord that fits the egg and the buttons or beads also fit together. These must be large enough to cover the holes in the egg, but not so large that they look awkward.
- Tie a piece of rope / ribbon through the heel / button at the bottom of the egg and knot a knot
- Lead the ribbon / cord through the egg
- Tie the ribbon / cord through the heel / button at the top of the egg
- To make a loop, tie the two ends together on the top of the ribbon / cord
- Create an arch at the top of the loop if desired.
How do I show these Easter crafts
- Place the eggs in a decorative bowl or basket and place them on the Easter table
- Spray a branched branch and put the branch in a vase or pot. Polystyrene or marbles can be used to prevent the branch from tilting. Hang the eggs from the branches
- Although these eggs are probably too delicate for an egg-hunt, they may have indications painted on them and used for a search for adults and older children.
Making dyed Easter eggs brings the family together in a creative activity, with eggs that can be passed on for generations.