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Wrapping an Easter egg in textured fabric before dyeing creates an intricate pattern that looks like hand-painting. To get the look, use fabrics such as lace, cheesecloth, or netting. Wrap a square of your chosen fabric tightly around the egg, twist to close, and secure with a rubber band. Dunk the egg in food-safe dye, using the fabric tail as a handle. Easter Egg Tip: For best results, use a new piece of cheesecloth for each egg. Other fabrics can be used multiple times.
A regular-ol' bottle cap. Place the cap inside a wide, flat-bottomed 8- to 10-ounce glass, and set your egg on top. Make a dye solution by adding 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 40 drops food coloring to 1/2 cup boiling water. Pour the solution along the inside of the glass until a quarter of the egg is submerged, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Next, carefully add clear warm water, again pouring it along the inside of the glass, until the egg is covered h
In a glass measuring cup, make a dye solution by mixing 1 cup cool water with 20 drops food coloring and 2 teaspoons white vinegar. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 tablespoon margarine and stir it into the dye solution. With tongs, quickly dunk an egg in and out of the solution three times, then submerge the egg for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove egg and let dry completely. Gently rub away any remaining margarine with a
All you need for these pretty gingham eggs is a little leftover beet juice and some electrical tape. Cover the eggs with squares of electric tape and dip into the dye. After letting dry, remove a few pieces of tape and repeat. The all-natural dye can be soft and subtle or bold and intense, depending how long you soak your Easter eggs.
A simple Easter tree is made even cuter when it's propped inside a blue pail. To make the decoration, gather branches and spray-paint white; after drying, place inside a pail and arrange branches to stay put with foam. Add stones, glass pebbles, or the like to decorate and weigh down the container. Hang blown-out egg ornaments and homemade crafts (such as our birds) to decorate this Easter favorite. Editor's Tip: Clean sand (for use in children's sandboxes) can also be used in the pail.