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Extravagant Easter eggs

Five ways to create beautifully decorated eggs for Easter

Posted: 5 April 2012
by Kate Donoughue

Some of these methods use hard-boiled eggs and so these can be eaten afterwards. If you want to display your creations year after year, you’ll need to use blown eggs.

To blow an egg
Use a pin or a needle to make a hole in the fat end of an egg. Wiggle the needle around to make a hole about 5mm. Then make a smaller hole at the other end of the egg, inserting the needle far enough in to break the yolk. Gently blow through the smaller hole to eject the yolk and white from the larger hole. When the yolk and white have been removed, gently run water into the egg shell to rinse the insides well, before leaving to dry. Before decorating you can strengthen the eggshell by covering it with layers of tissue paper and PVA glue.

1 Marbled eggs
Crumple cling film and pour on a few drops of food colouring. Hard boil the eggs. While still warm, roll eggs over the cling film – the creases in the cling film will create an uneven coating of colour. Leave to dry then repeat with a different colour.

2 Engraved eggs
Hard boil the eggs, then, while still warm, immerse in a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of food colouring and a dash of vinegar. Leave for 5–10 minutes until the shell is deeply coloured, then pat with kitchen paper. You can leave the eggs plain or scratch a design in the shell using a darning needle or knife.

3 Découpage eggs
Paint blown eggs a plain colour, then glue on tiny paper cut-outs from wrapping paper or serviettes – thin paper works best. Brush the back of the cut-out and the egg with diluted PVA glue, then place the cut-out on the egg, smoothing out any wrinkles with your fingertips. Another coat of diluted PVA will give a shiny finish.

4 Gilded eggs
Paint blown eggs with a coat of bonding agent to prime the surface; leave for at least 15 minutes and then lay small pieces of gold- or silver-coloured metallic leaf over the egg, rubbing down gently with your fingertips. Using a soft brush or cloth, brush off any excess flakes to leave a smooth surface that looks just like burnished gold or silver.

5 Painted eggs
Blown eggs can be painted with poster or acrylic paints. Place the egg in a special egg holder – to gently hold the egg in place while you paint it – then wait until the paint is dry. For spotted eggs, dip the end of a pencil in paint and use as a mini stamper. For checked eggs, cover with a coat of paint then scrape away squares and lines while the paint is still wet using the end of a pencil or brush.

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