This year I don’t really have any Easter cakes or cupcakes going, as we are spending yet another holiday without family. I also thought I wouldn’t be able to even make some colored eggs. So far I haven’t seen any egg coloring tablets for purchase here in Thailand.
But then, via Pinterest, I came across a chart from Printabelle.com showing how to color Easter eggs with food coloring. And I definitely have food coloring available. The only other items needed are boiling water and vinegar.
My Pinterest Easter inspiration spree didn’t end here though. I also came across this post on leaf print on eggs using nylons. I have faint memories of using this technique and onion skins as coloring from Easter projects with my mom. This was a good reminder.
All that is needed are leaves or flowers and stockings. I didn’t use onion skin as coloring since I wanted to try out food colors. I used blown out eggs and placed the leaves on, wrapped a piece of stocking around tightly and put a tiny hair elastic on to hold it together.
To prepare the color add 1 tsp of vinegar to 1/2 cup of boiling water. The chart calls for 10-20 drops of food coloring. Since I used gel color, I dipped a spatula tip into the color and stirred it into the water.
I seem to be able to buy only brown eggs at the store here, therefore I decided for a darker color, like royal blue.
Dip the prepared eggs into the color for a few minutes and you are done. Because I used blown out eggs I had to hold them down with a spoon to keep them immersed. Remove the nylon and leaf to reveal your print pattern. Carefully dry the egg.
One egg ended up having no visible print because I used a fairly thick leaf and the coloring seeped underneath. It seems thinner leaves work best.
If you would like to hang up your blown out eggs there is a really simple way to create a hanger. Use yarn or ribbon and form a loop. Before closing the knot at the end put in a small piece of a toothpick. Insert the toothpick into the hole on top of your egg.
I didn’t do this, but for additional shine you can also rub a little bit of vegetable oil onto the egg.
What projects are you working on for this Easter?