It’s time to prepare for Easter, reflect on its meaning, enjoy the symbolism, gather with family and friends, and thrill the kids with the annual Easter egg hunt. Don’t get caught up in the mass market and materialism. Slow down this Easter to enjoy the time with your family. This article will show you how to create Easter eggs that will liven up any egg hunt. You’ll use real eggs, but they will turn out more beautiful than you could imagine. You’ll find out the secret to preserving the eggs so they will never spoil, and they will remain a keepsake for years to come.
A Time and Place for Plastic Eggs.
The biggest problem with community or family egg hunts, using real eggs, is that you may get one that is not well cooked. Someone may forget which eggs they have boiled and which ones they have not, and you may end up yolked. Or, you may have a mother who is afraid you will die if you eat anyone’s cooking before she has personally inspected their kitchen. Regardless, no one wants to end up with a rotten egg, on Easter day, or while hiking through the meadow in May. Have a little compassion on the wildlife, too. It’s not a good idea to attract wild animals to your back yard or local park by leaving behind those unfound eggs.
For these reasons, among others, there has been a dynamic move toward hiding and hunting candy-filled plastic eggs. They work well for community egg hunts when you need hundreds or even thousands of eggs to hide. You can hide small toys and prizes in them to cut down on the Easter candy consumption. They are cheap, and community groups love to use them. Walmart, Target. and everyone from your local Dollar General, or Dollar Tree sells them for about a dollar a dozen. Oriental Trading Company has hundreds of tiny toys to hide inside them. You can even buy your candy in bulk from them. They will set you up for the big community egg hunt.
Create Easter Memories Dying Eggs.
Why not take time to make Easter more special at home? Whether you have children or not, dying Easter eggs is a fun and creative way to spend time together. You can make your own egg dye, but chemical dyes are inexpensive and usually more vivid in color. There are now, also, a variety of colors to choose from. Pale pastels are no longer your only choices.
If the idea of traditional egg dying sounds boring to you, the following ideas will take your egg decorating to the next level. No longer will you merely color eggs. You will become an Easter egg artist. It’s fun, rewarding, and these eggs can even be tucked in that special Easter basket as a special gift.
Easter Eggs as Art.
Some of the most beautiful egg creations I have seen, have come from Eastern European cultures. The eggs they create are called pysanky eggs. Pysanky eggs are decorated with intricate and ornate detail. There are several steps to creating these eggs.
First, in order to avoid spoiled eggs, blow the eggs. Eggs are blown by piercing a very small hole at each end of the egg and blowing gently until all of the contents are expelled from the egg. Use the yolk and egg whites to create omelets. You can preserve the yolk until you are ready to use it by covering it with cool water and placing it in the refrigerator.
Once the egg is blown, you have a fragile, empty shell to work with. Marking eggs with white crayons has become the norm for preserving any part of the egg you do not want colored. That works very well for children, however, for the ornate eggs you are going to create you will need a little beeswax. Using a small brush, stylus, or other precision tool mark your own creative design on the egg. In Eastern Europe it is common to make repeating patterns using diamonds, squares, or other repeating geometric patterns. If you want to mark a straight line, place a thick rubber band around the egg. Use the rubber band to guide the application of beeswax.
When you are satisfied with your egg design, you are ready to place it in the dye. The longer you leave the eggshell in the dye, the richer the color you will achieve. In order to remove the beeswax, use a hair dryer to melt the beeswax and wipe it away. You may then apply another layer of beeswax to create an even more intricate design. Re-dye the egg. Place the egg on a stand while it dries. Once again, remove the beeswax with a hair dryer. Be sure to wipe the egg clean of any remaining wax.
Once you have achieved the final egg design, it is time to preserve your Easter creation. Several layers of shellac will preserve the egg and keep the colors from fading for years. The newly created eggs will be treasured for years to come. You may use them in egg hunts, or use them for seasonal decorations. These eggs, which are beautiful works of art, may also be given as gifts to commemorate spring or the Easter season.