Easter Egg Decorating - Preparing your Egg

Making Great Easter EggsHow to make a perfectly hard boiled egg.

The first step to a great Easter egg is boiling the egg. You don't want your eggs to crack, because then they don't look as nice, and aren't as appealing to eat when the dye seeps into the egg. Try to avoid picking the "Extra Large" or "Jumbo" sized eggs.  The shell tend to be thinner on larger eggs, with a better chance of cracking while cooking or dying.

Egg Boiling Instructions
Put a single layer of eggs in a large pot, and cover with COLD water (about 1-2 inches above eggs). Turn the heat on under the eggs and as soon as they come to a full boil, remove them from the heat and let them sit in the hot water for about 15-20 minutes.

After the 15-20 minutes, either remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place in a colander, or drain hot water from pot then rinse eggs with cool water until eggs feel cool. Place on paper towels to dry.

Wait until eggs feel room temperature before dying.

Basic Dye Instructions

There are many kits out there with creative ways to dye your Easter Eggs.  They may be convenient, but they're not the most economical choice out there.  Here is a basic dye recipe.

In small cups or bowls (that can withstand boiling water) use 1 cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and a few drops of food coloring.  The more coloring you use, the more vibrant the eggs will be.

For a basic colored egg, place an egg in the dye mixture and let sit for 1-2 minutes.  The longer you let the egg soak, the more vibrant the color will be.

Remove the egg and place on a paper towel, plate, or in an egg carton to dry.

In the following weeks I'll show you some of my favorite dying techniques for creating unique Easter eggs.  You can find all kinds of craft ideas for kids as well as tips for making your own kids Easter baskets as well!