If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know well that I can't resist layering things in gold. Gold leaf, gold paint, gold home accents...I'm even totally exclusive about gold jewelry (silver kind of washes me out). So when the egg dyeing bug hit me last week, gold glitter came instantly to mind. I found that blocking the glitter against bright spring colors gives the eggs a modern, geometric look without sacrificing any of the drama of the gold. Which means that now we have a collection of Easter eggs that is equal parts bright, happy, and blinged out:). Even the boys like to ooh and aahh at them, which of course makes me love them even more.
These eggs take very little time and can be made from things laying around your house (that is, if you keep glitter on hand). Below, I've given you the basic process as a photo tutorial (yup, that's another something new!), but I did not tell you how to go about making egg dye. The short story is that it's easy: combine roughly 1/2 cup hot water with a teaspoon of white vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring. For the long story, consult Martha here. You'll notice that I've also blown out the eggs so that they can stay out of the fridge as holiday decoration and be kept from year to year. The blowing process is awkward the very first time you do it, but quite easy once you get a system down (I only broke one). The key is to do it after the dye bath, as a hollow egg won't submerge!
To make your own glitter-block Easter eggs, follow the steps below. I think you'll find creating them to be fairly addicting.
Materials: raw eggs, embroidery needle (or large sewing needle), egg dye, school glue, paintbrush, metallic glitter and an extra bowl
Now, use your lips or a rubber bulb syringe (like the ones they give you at the hospital after you have a baby) to blow into the small hole, emptying the egg into your extra bowl. The bigger you've made the large hole, the easier it will be. The photo above shows you about the right size.
Happy Thursday, y'all.
p.s. Have I mentioned our family joke about glitter? Jim calls it the STD of craft supplies; once you have it, it NEVER goes away. Proving his point, I made the majority of these eggs at night when all the children were asleep. When I woke Baby Girl the next morning, I kid you not--there were flecks of gold inside her diaper. Try to solve that mystery, will you?
Many thanks to Lesley Kerr for expert help in styling these shots.