Eggs have been decorated and regarded as a symbol of life for centuries. One of nature’s perfect containers, they are both fragile and strong at the same time. A slight tap on the side of an egg will break it open, but it is difficult to crush from the ends. Easter is the time of the year most associated with egg crafts, but egg crafts can be enjoyed any time of the year.
Ways To Decorate Eggs
Eggs take dye well. The Ukrainian art of Pysanky is a method of writing on eggs with wax before dyeing. Three or four layers of wax and dye are applied before the wax is removed to reveal the finished egg. It is easier to dye eggs before they are blown. The weight of the egg makes it sink into the dye for even color. Dyed eggs need to be sealed with a clear sealer before they are blown to prevent smudging the design.
Acrylic paint also works well on eggs. The paint needs to be thinned for smooth application. I once met an artist who painted intricate pictures on eggs using a combination of watercolor and acrylic paint. Eggs are a 3D canvas for any type of painting.
Eggs can be carved, removing portions of the shell to make intricate designs. Egg carvers usually work on eggs larger than chicken eggs. Goose, emu, rhea, duck and ostrich eggs are larger, stronger eggs that are preferred by egg carvers.
Decoupage can be done on eggs. Click the picture below for a larger view of an egg covered with origami paper. Eggs can be made into jeweled containers in the manner of Faberge.
Why Blown Eggs Are Better For Crafting
Hard boiled eggs are often dyed for Easter, but not meant to be kept for more than a few days. For more permanent egg crafts, eggs can be blown either before or after they are decorated. Eventually, eggs will dry up long after being decorated, but depending on that can result in a ruined egg and an abominable smell. It’s really best to remove the contents of any egg you wish to keep.
An Easy, Fast Way To Blow Eggs
There is a small risk of salmonella associated with raw eggs. Avoid mouth contact with the raw egg by using this simple method to empty eggshells. All that is needed is an egg, a straight pin, a container to hold the egg, and a coffee stirrer (the type that is like a miniature straw).
Hold the pin, point up on a solid surface, and push the end of the egg onto the pin, so the pin pierces the eggshell. Using the pin, carefully enlarge the hole so that the coffee stirrer can fit into the hole. Repeat on the other end of the egg.
Carefully slide the coffee stirrer into one of the holes, and gently stir the contents of the egg to break up the yolk. Over a container, blow in the end of the coffee stirrer that is not in the egg, and the contents will come out easily. The coffee stirrer not only protects from contact with the raw egg, but takes a lot less time and energy to blow an egg.
The classic shape of real eggs are a wonderful canvas for many crafts. They are inexpensive and easy to obtain. Dye eggs, blow eggs, paint eggs, carve eggs, or glue jewels to eggs. Egg crafts can be as simple or as intricate as you desire. Celebrate life by creating your own egg art and get the kids involved. Decorated eggs make great gifts for family and friends, and not just for Easter.