Anybody who knows me, knows that I am big on Easter. To me, Easter is a bigger deal than Christmas.
I mean – without Easter, there would be no Christmas – right?
I started collecting decorated Ester eggs after our trip to Budapest in 1994, when I bought a beautiful set of hand decorated dark blue and white eggs.
Over the years I collected others, but the Budapest eggs were my favorites.
Sadly, but not surprisingly, as the years went by, they were broken, one after another –
and last year the last two finally had to be thrown away.
I have been advocating for another trip to Budapest to acquire a new set, but so far that has not happened…
Over the years though, I have made several of my own eggs, some more successfully than others.
I have used acrylic paints, rub-ons, and stickers and various color washes. And I have learnt the hard way how to prep the eggs. So here are a few of my tips:
- Masking tape, a darning needle and a hammer are your friends. 🙂
- Place a small piece of masking tape on the uncooked egg.
- Carefully knock a darning needle through the egg shell with the hammer, to make a small hole in each end of the egg.
- Remove the tape, and use the needle to wiggle around the hole so as to make it a little larger – approximately 5 mm wide.
- Use the needle to puncture the egg yolk inside the egg. This makes it easier to blow out the content.
- Holding the egg carefully in both hands over a container, blow the contents of the egg out in to the container.
- Rinse the eggs well, and leave to dry completely.
- Make pancakes. 🙂
- Decorate your eggs!
For these I used an Indigo spray wash from my scrapbooking stash.
I simply laid out lots of newspaper, sprayed the eggs all over and left them to dry.
- To be able to hang them up, tie a small piece of string/thread around the head of a pin.
- Tie a knot at the other end of the string/thread, so as to make a loop.
- Insert pin in top hole of egg, and pull carefully on the string/thread until the pin lodges itself sideways inside the egg. Voilà!