I’ve never really celebrated Easter with lots of crafting and decorating eggs, but I’d seen lots of egg decorating ideas on Pinterest (where else?!), and decided that this year I wanted to try some out.  Luckily I like eating eggs, so they wouldn’t go to waste.

I tried blowing eggs, as that was what I thought most decorated eggs required (having never done egg decorating as a child, I really had no idea).   I’m hooked, it’s great fun blowing them and N was intrigued.  It was a great way of teaching him about yolk and whites, and also about why chicks didn’t come out of all eggs.  I’m not sure my explanation was really true but he’s not to know until he’s a bit older and keeps asking.

Tip for egg blowing

If you’re not using the egg white/yolk immediately, try putting a plastic bag open inside a mug or cup to catch the egg.  It makes life easier as there’s a wider opening than into a cup so less mess.  Or use a bowl.

egg blowing

Silk tie dyed eggs

The first ones I tried were silk dyed eggs using the instructions at Just Short of Crazy.  It was interesting trying to find silk ties in charity shops – many feel like silk but don’t have labels, or if they do don’t say what the material is.  Our charity shops were short on ties, or silk ones that weren’t designer and really expensive.  I managed to find a couple, although they weren’t really very bright or interesting patterns, but for a first try, they were fine.

silt ties for dying eggs

I blew the eggs out as in the instructions, then left them in the water (ie 1/4 cup white vinegar added to the water), but this attempt didn’t work at all.  I’d had to put plates on top to keep the eggs from floating in the pan, but the dye just didn’t take to the eggs.

Second take, I decided that I’d leave the eggs as is, and hard boil them while dying them.  I tied them in the deconstructed ties

silk tied eggs

And topped them off with squares of old sheet

sheet tied eggs

I simmered them in water with the added vinegar for around 20 minutes.  Then lifted them out, and unwrapped.  The dye had taken, but it wasn’t great – mostly because the patterned ties weren’t that interesting. It’s also hard to get the ties round the eggs without folds touching the shell as you end up with white patches.

silk tie dyed eggs

These had a touch of vegetable oil rubbed on to make them shiny.  So not the best, but not awful. If you can use white eggs and brighter silk, you should get a better result.

Natural dyed eggs

I’ve been seeing the beautiful colours on eggs from natural dyes over the last few weeks online, so wanted to have a go.  You can see the full range (and successes) again at Just Short of Crazy, who very kindly researched the best way to do them.  I’m a big purple/blue fan, and had a red cabbage in the fridge from eons ago, so fancied trying that, and the blueberries version.

Of course, I always end up adapting instructions because I’m missing ingredients, although the off piste version of blueberries dying I did was the one that worked.

For the blueberries, I used fresh (as I always have loads left as N never eats them all and I can’t stand them unless they’re in muffins) rather than frozen.  I mushed them to break the skins (you could blend them to more like a paste), topped up with water in a pan and added some white vinegar.  Elsewhere, it seems people use a cold method for blueberries, just soaking hard boiled eggs in the liquid, but I decided to hard boil the eggs in the mixture instead.  After simmering for the usual length of time, I then left the eggs sitting in the pan for a few hours.

For the red cabbage, I chopped a quarter of it into a few pieces, added it to some water, plus some white vinegar again.  Popped the eggs in, boiled the water and then simmered for 20 minutes.  I then left them to cool in the pan and sit for a few hours.

I was quite optimistic at first as I could see the water was a glorious purple hue.

red cabbage dyed water

But when I removed the eggs I was a tad disappointed.  The blueberries were a lovely bluey colour, although not as deep as I’d wanted (I’d tied string around one egg in each dye, hence the stripes).  But the red cabbage ones hadn’t changed at all.  In fact, they looked paler than they started.  Bit of a fail there, and don’t really know why.  Next time I’d probably put more cabbage in to water and use a bigger pan to fit more cabbage in.  Or maybe tie the cabbage around the eggs.

blueberry-dyed-eggs

They still looked pretty in the bowl together, although maybe if I’d done them more in advance, I’d have added some glitter or stickers to the cabbage ones.

Handmade chocolate eggs

Finally I decided that rather than buying Easter eggs for N, I’d just get some chocolate bunnies for a hunt (which we didn’t end up doing) and then make some chocolate eggs to fill with mini eggs.  I had a silicone mould I think I’d found at a poundshop and used some milk chocolate, mixed with a bit of plain.  As it was for N and his cousin, I thought they probably wouldn’t want dark, so the mix would work quite well.

I used the microwave melting, lazy way of melting the chocolate, left it a little to cool, then swirled the first layer into the moulds.  The first layer was nice and neat.

chocolate egg moulds

But the second layer I had to remelt, and didn’t go in so smoothly. Understatement really, they were a mess inside, but who really cares if the outside looks amazing.  And they did once they were turned out.

handmade easter egg moulds
handmade easter eggs filled with mini eggs

I filled them with mini eggs, matched them up and tied with ribbons.  If they’d been neater on the edges, I might have tried to seal them with additional melted chocolate.  It would have been nice to have got hold of some coloured foil to wrap them up properly as well – maybe next year.

handmade chocolate eggs tied with ribbon

I then added the little chicks to a bag with one egg and some hollow chocolate bunnies.

handmade easter egg treats

N and his cousin almost had an argument about the bags, they were that excited about them.  So definitely a success, and really easy to do (allowing for the time needed for the chocolate to set).

What Easter treats have you tried making?  Have you got any egg decorating tips?

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24 Comments

  1. cococute

    My favorite on your list was the Silk Tie Dyed Eggs they are really unique and the process of making them are really neat and great.

  2. There must be somekind of secret ingredient for the first two. I saw a blogger post with the silk tie colored eggs and her eggs had even color from the ties. Wonder what she did?
    The chocolate ones look amazing, I would love to have eggs like that for Easter 😉

    • I’m not sure, as I followed the same guides that others had experimented with, leaving them in longer. Guess I’ll have to try again next year!

  3. For the record, those mini egg chocolate candies are my weakness, lol.. I didn’t know about the silk ties, that’s freaking sweet.. I’ll have to ask my dad if he has any silk ties we can use.. does it ruin the ties afterwards? I didn’t know about the blueberries either, but that does make sense, raspberries would work, those stain everything, lol. The mold ones look the funnest to do for sure though!

    • You have to unpick and cut up the ties, so best off using old ones or thrifting some.

      I guess raspberries would work…and beetroot – that gets everywhere!

    • Thanks, they’re pretty cute, although would have liked the colour to be stronger, and to find some more interesting patterned ties to use

    • There’s a great variety of colours to try with veg and spices, so maybe next year, I’ll try some more

  4. Soooo, vegetable does the trick and makes those easter eggs shiny. Learned something new today, thank you 🙂

  5. So vegetable oil is the key to make those easter eggs shiny! Thank you for the tip 🙂

  6. Aisha Kristine Chong

    Those are awesome treats for Easter.

    • They definitely went down well. It was great to find some coloured chicks this year as well.

    • This was a first time for me, It’s not something I’ve tried before but was a lot of fun, if a lot of effort!

    • I was quite pleased with them, although it took a few attempts to get them acceptable. Next year needs more testing!

  7. kungphoo

    That silk dying is really cool.. i have never heard of that..

    • I’d not heard of it either. I guess you could do it with old silk scarves as well. In fact, I’ve probably got some old silk tops that don’t fit – although seems sacrilege to destroy those!

  8. Making these eggs requires creativity. I think I would have to check more designs online to achieve the one design I can make – easy and simple is fine. 🙂

    • There are loads of ideas, it’s definitely hard to find one that works perfectly as so many are trial and error

  9. Oh wow, I had never seen the tie one! Those are beautiful, and I just love the elephants 😀

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