Easter is almost upon us, which means it’s time to start the egg dyeing preparations! This Easter season, instead of doing the same old dye styles, check out these six unique styles that we love.
Don’t Skip Brown Eggs
If you’re plucking eggs from your backyard coop to use for making Easter eggs, you may not be working with perfectly white eggs. But, the avid egg dyers at Cackle Hatchery think that the shading differences in the color of the egg before dyeing actually makes for a more interesting, varied and beautiful end result. So don’t skip over eggs that have blemishes or aren’t perfectly uniform in color. Instead, use a variety of different colored – and even differently sized – eggs for truly unique results.
Make Your Own Natural Dye
If you plan on hard boiling and snacking on your Easter eggs at some point, why not make your own safe, chemical-free dye? Better Homes and Gardens offers all-natural dye recipes to dip your eggs into that you can make at home with ingredients lying around your kitchen and still create beautiful colors. For example, crush frozen blueberries and mix with water, allow them to sit for a while and then strain to make a beautiful blue. Making dyes from natural ingredients ensures that your eggs will be safe to snack on during the Easter season.
Create Geometric Patterns with Tape
To create funky geometric patterns, cover your eggs in thin strips of tape in any pattern, making sure to ease out any air bubbles. Then, dip your egg into the desired color, allow the dye to dry and set, and then remove the tape. This will allow you to make intricate designs or novel stripes quickly and easily, giving you stunning eggs to show off for the season.
Don’t get stuck with the dunking method. If you have a steady, creative hand, try using a soft paintbrush to design pretty spring-themed patterns on your eggs. You can use any kind of natural dye as your watercolors and let the eggs be your canvas as you create beautiful works of art that are sure to put you in the festive holiday spirit.
If you don’t plan on snacking on your eggs, use things like glitter, markers or even puffy paint to decorate. These elements add a wholly distinctive look that will make your eggs pop. One note, though: Martha Stewart suggest that if you plan on using your eggs as centerpieces for the season or to keep from year to year, you should blow them out first to remove the raw eggs, leaving you with a hollow keepsake without worry of rotten eggs.
Chalkboard Painted Eggs
Want to try something completely different that allows you to not only decorate eggs once, but redecorate whenever the mood strikes? Coat your eggs in chalkboard paint, recommends Reader’s Digest, and use chalk to draw on patterns. Your egg designs can change with your mood, giving you a versatile way to decorate throughout the Easter season. Make sure to use eggs that you don’t plan to consume, though!
For more tips and tricks for eggs beyond the Easter season, keep checking back to our blog. To learn more about raising chickens in your own backyard for a constant supply of delicious eggs of your own, call us today at 417-532-4581 or check out our extensive inventory online now.