Easter Egg-cellence

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Can't remember how Mom did it when you were a kid? Here's everything you need to know about creating exceptional Easter eggs.

Create the perfect hard-boiled eggs

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a pan.
  2. Cover with water so water level is an inch above the eggs.
  3. Bring water to a rolling boil.
  4. Cover pan.
  5. Turn off heat.
  6. Let eggs sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Immediately run eggs under cold water to cool eggs.

Prep to dye eggs

  1. Cover workspace with newspaper or an old plastic tablecloth.
  2. Find enough wide-mouthed bowls or containers for all your colors of dye.
  3. Gather crayons, rubber bands, tape, sponges, cotton swabs, glitter, sequins or ribbon to use for decorating.
  4. Make a cup of flour with half a cup of water to create a paste to attach sequins, glitter or ribbon.
  5. Make dye according to package directions. Or, try making your own by mixing half a cup of boiling water with 30 to 40 drops of food coloring and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Let the dye cool completely before dipping eggs.

Decorate with flair

  • Rubberbands and tape: Use rubber bands or tape to create patterns on the eggs. The areas under the tape or bands will not change color. Place the egg in dye. When egg is colored, remove egg and pat dry. Remove stickers or tape to reveal the pattern.
  • Crayons: Write or color on the eggs with a crayon. The wax will prevent the dye from being absorbed when the egg is placed in dye.
  • Sponges and cotton swabs: Paint patterns on the egg with dye using a sponge or cotton swab rather than soaking the egg.

Other tips

  • Dress kids in old shirts.
  • Have a roll of paper towels handy.
  • Cut toilet paper rolls in half to make egg holders for just-dyed eggs.
  • Wash hands with warm, soapy water after handling eggs to protect yourself from any bacteria on the eggs.

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