You can scramble them, poach them or fry them, but the time of the year is fast approaching where it’s better to paint them than eat them! The Easter bunny is getting ready to make his rounds but before you gorge on oh-so-many chocolate eggs (it’s inevitable) why not decorate a few hard-boiled ones instead!

What You’ll Need

Some eggs… obviously! Depending on how energetic you’re feeling or how much time you’ve got, the amount needed will vary.

Food colouring
Hot water
White vinegar
Cooking oil
Wax crayons
A cloth

Getting Started

Place your eggs in water and boil until you’re satisfied that they’re hard enough. Once the eggs are done, leave to one side to cool down and dry off.

If you’re doing this activity with children, it’s probably best to cover the work surface with newspaper or tissues to avoid a huge clean up when you’re finished!

Making The Dye

If you’re planning to keep your painted eggs edible, than it’s best to (as well as keep them refrigerated) use food colouring rather than acrylic paints for this activity.

To make the dye, take whatever food colourings you want to use and measure a 1/4 teaspoon of each one into a small bowl. Add 3/4 of a cup of hot water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for each colour that you’ve used and give it a little stir.

Add A Little Colour

Before you dye your eggs, make them stand out a little more by adding some extra decoration. Take you’re wax crayon and let your fingers do the drawing. Swirls, stripes, spots or stars – anything goes, just let your imagination run wild but remember to leave some space so that you can dye the egg to change the background colour.

The wax that’s already on your eggs will resist the dye, so don’t worry about ruining your design. Add your eggs to your colour mixture and leave until they’ve changed to the colour you wanted. Remove the eggs then polish dry with some cooking oil and a soft cloth.

Put your newly decorated eggs into a basket and you’ve got some egg-cellent Easter decorations!

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