How to Hard-Boil Eggs for Easter
Decorating eggs is an Easter rite of passage for me and my sister. We’re not doing it “for the kids” since neither of us have any (yet); we just love sketching, coloring and creating our own designs. If you use real eggs like we do, there’s a secondary benefit: Once you’re done admiring your tie-dyed handiwork, you can eat your art (well, you know, the inside part.)
At best, hard-boiled eggs are tender and delicious; at worst, they’re overcooked and rubbery with a greenish tint. Whether you’re making egg salad or deviled eggs this Easter, try this simple technique to get hard-boiled eggs that are delicious every time.
Arrange eggs in a single layer in a medium or large saucepan and cover eggs completely with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then turn off the stove completely. Cover the eggs and set a timer for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, drain the eggs into a strainer or colander and rinse with cold water until cool enough to handle. Use immediately, or dry with a towel and refrigerate until ready to use. Boom — you’re ready for decorating, or in my case, lunch!
Note: The USDA recommends leaving eggs at room temperature for no more than 2 hours, and consuming hard-boiled eggs within one week.
Paint + Glitter Polka-Dot Eggs
Want to preserve your Easter eggs for years to come? Blow out the interiors of each egg before decorating, then hand-paint with various shades of acrylic paint. Once dry, use a liner brush to paint polka dots, swirls or other designs with glue onto painted eggs. Then sprinkle the wet glue with glitter. The end result will be a batch of glamorous and glittery eggs to display for spring guests.
Use baker's twine to add a trendy look to your eggs. First, dab a fast-grab tacky glue to the bottom of a paper mache egg and coil the string around. To change colors, trim the first color and glue the end of the second color. For a seamless finish, coil the string around the top, trim and dab on some glue.
Washi tape can be used for both decorative and everyday uses, but now, it's being used on Easter eggs, too. To get the look pictured, simply use a standard roll of washi tape in the color or pattern of your choice and begin cutting small pieces at a diagonal. Adhere the pieces to form a mosaic effect. You can also use strips of washi tape and overlap them vertically at the top and bottom.
Create natural and classic-looking faux eggs by applying a splatter effect to paper-mache eggs. Use an artist's brush to apply beige acrylic paint to paper-mache eggs. Mix dark brown acrylic paint with a water-based faux glaze. While wearing gloves, dip a toothbrush into the mixture and run your thumb through the bristles to splatter the dark glaze onto the eggs.
Temporary Tattooed Eggs
Using pre-bought rub-on transfers or temporary tattoo paper, cover eggs in edgy graphics or words of your choice. To get the look pictured, cut out various rub-on transfers and overlap on the eggs. It's OK if certain images don't transfer perfectly; it will provide a more distressed look.
Tie-dyeing your Easter eggs is much easier than it seems. Lay out a paper towel and spray with white vinegar. Then, place several drops of food coloring (two to three colors) all over the paper towel. Place the egg in the middle, gather the edges of the paper towel, hold tightly and spray with vinegar until the paper towel is wet. Secure the top of the paper towel with a rubber band. Allow the colors to soak into the egg for at least two hours. When ready, remove the paper towel to reveal your beautiful, color-infused egg.
To brighten up your Easter decor, dye eggs in a neon color like bright pink. Let dry, then dunk the bottom or top halves of the eggs in gold craft paint. Once it's completely dry, display them in a white egg tray or as part of a centerpiece. Photo courtesy of HGTV Magazine
These eggs are surprisingly dyed with items in your pantry. It's just as affective and has no toxicity, is eco-friendly and easy to do. The best options are yellow onions, beets, turmeric and other herbs. Try them with your kids! Photo courtesy of Kim Foren