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Beautifully colored Easter eggs are a fun holiday tradition in many cultures. Eggs represent new life and rebirth and are a sign of spring. Coloring eggs for gifts or decoration is family activity for many. This season, try some new tips and tricks to produce beautiful eggs and make this tradition even more fun.
• Begin with firm, hard-boiled eggs. (Have your adult help you with this part!) Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Then use a large spoon to gently lower the eggs into the water. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer and boil for just about 12 minutes. Transfer the eggs to a bowl with ice cold water and let them cool. Allow the eggs to cool completely before coloring.
• Lay out newspaper or an old tablecloth to soak up any spills. Spills are bound to happen, so don’t let them spoil the fun. In addition, empty egg cartons make ideal drying racks, so do not discard them.
• Make patterns or other designs on the eggs. Use a white crayon to draw on the egg directly. The dye will not stick to the wax. Or use string, rubber bands, tape, stickers, or other items to create your pattern. Dip the egg and then remove the materials afterward to reveal the design.
• Swirl a few drops of food coloring into shaving cream on a flat surface. Roll the eggs into the mixture, let dry, and then gently clean to remove the excess shaving cream. The result is a marbled effect.
• Recognize that you don’t have to “dye” eggs at all. Use a sponge to dab on a design. Strips of tissue paper can be adhered to the egg with glue or shellac. Submerge the egg in glue and then coat it in glitter.