One of the most exciting parts of Easter, for kids and adults alike, is the tradition of dyeing eggs. This tradition predates the celebration of Easter as a Christian holiday, although no one knows when it exactly started. Many people claim that the pagan observation of the Spring Equinox brought the advent of painted eggs into existence. For Christians, however, the Easter egg represents the resurrection of Jesus. In Eastern and Orthodox Catholic churches, eggs are dyed red. This color is intended to represent the suffering of Jesus on the cross. The hard shell of the egg is meant to represent the tomb he was enclosed in, and cracking the shell represents His resurrection. In the forty days before Easter, known as Lent, many Orthodox Christians abstain from eggs, and Easter is a chance to indulge once again.
Whatever the religious meaning of dyeing Easter eggs may be, the process is fun, and the result is visually appealing. For many years, households with children would use food dye, or, in later years, colored tablets dissolved in vinegar, to dye eggs. More and more, however, people are looking for more creative ways to dye their eggs. Here are three different methods you can use to create truly unique Easter eggs this year.
Instead of actually dying your eggs, why not try applying tissue paper to the shell? First, use regular egg dye, or food coloring to dye the eggs your desired color. While waiting for the dye to dry, gather various colors of tissue paper. You can cut any pattern out of the tissue paper that you would like. Try zigzags, floral shapes, or use pinking shears for decorative edges. Once the dye on the eggs has dried, put a very thin layer of decoupage on the egg. Place the tissue paper cutouts in your desired position, and lightly pat them down so that they make contact with the egg. The larger, middle section of the egg takes well to larger pieces of tissue, while smaller pieces work better on the ends and remaining areas.
The gradual fading of one color, from light to dark, is incredibly trendy this year. You see it from hairstyles to home wall decorations. Why not make your Easter eggs in this style, known as ombre, as well?
Start by boiling a half of a cup of water. Add one teaspoon of vinegar and 40 drops of food coloring to the boiling water and stir to mix. Take a plastic bottle cap and put it in the bottom of a wide, large glass. Place the egg on top of the bottle cap. Pour the dye that you made into the glass slowly, by letting it run down the side (do not let it pour all over the egg). Pour until one-quarter of the egg is covered, then allow it to sit for five minutes. Then, add plain, warm water to the mixture until the egg is halfway submerged. Once again, be sure to pour it down the side of the glass. This time, allow it to sit for three minutes. Do this two more times, but instead of resting for three minutes, you can let it rest for two minutes. After the process is complete, remove the egg from the glass using a pair of tongs and allow it to dry.
Tie Dye Easter Eggs
Are you feeling a little bit groovy this Easter season? Why not try to make some “far-out” tie-dyed Easter eggs. It’s not as hard as it sounds.
Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and lightly moisten some paper towels by spraying them. Wrap the paper towel around your egg, ensuring that the layering is thin enough to let some dye through. Using a bottle of food-dye, apply up to three different colors to your egg in various places. Allow the eggs to sit in their paper towels for several minutes. After three minutes has elapsed, unravel the paper towel, and you should have a totally radical Easter egg.
The best part about dyeing Easter eggs is the freedom to be creative. Try experimenting with a combination of these methods, or come up with your own method. Hard-boiled eggs are the perfect canvas for artistic expression because no matter how badly messed up the outside is, the inside will always taste deliciously the same.