Fizzing Easter Eggs

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What you need:Fizzing Easter Eggs
• Hard-boiled eggs
• Food coloring
• Baking soda
• Vinegar
• Bowls
• Paintbrushes
• Tongs
• Newspaper or paper towels

What you do:
• Make a paste of baking soda and water and add a few drops of food coloring. Repeat in separate bowls with as many colors as you’d like.
• Using a paintbrush, apply the baking soda mixture to a hard-boiled egg (if the mixture is too thick and goopy, add more water, several drops at a time until it has thinned to the right consistency to spread easily).
• Once your egg is decorated the way you want it, set it in an empty bowl.
• Pour about ½ cup of vinegar directly over each egg and enjoy the colorful, fizzy reaction!
• Once the fizz has died down, use tongs to carefully fish your egg out of the liquid and set it on newspapers or a stack of paper towels to dry.
• Repeat with as many eggs as you like—you’ll find that the baking soda paint makes it easy to make more intricate designs on your egg than ordinary egg dye would!

What Happened:
A basic chemical reaction between the baking soda (which is a base) and the vinegar (an acid) is what caused all the fizzing and bubbling! The baking soda made a type of paint when you mixed it with water and food coloring. After the chemical reaction, the baking soda and vinegar were mostly used up, leaving the dye behind on the eggs.

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Egg Holder

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What you need:egg holder
• Egg carton
• Scissors
• Paint
• Brush
• Feathers
• Glue

What you do:
• Cut out an egg carton section.
• Paint it in any color you wish.
• Let it dry.
• Paint one end of it orange or yellow for the beak.
• Glue feather to the opposite side of the section.
• Put a colored egg inside of the egg holder and enjoy!

Little Chick

Little Chick

What you need:Little Chick
• Styrofoam ball
• Yellow paint
• Googly eyes
• Feather
• Empty egg shell
• Brush
• Plasticine
• Glue
• Pipe cleaner
• Scissors

What you do:
• Paint the Styrofoam ball yellow.
• Let it dry.
• Glue the googly eyes to the ball.
• Glue the feather on top of the ball.
• Cut a small piece of the orange pipe cleaner and glue it to the front of the ball.
• Place  apiece of Plasticine on the bottom of the egg shell for stability.
• Put the little chick on top of the Plasticine.
• Display.

Broken Egg Vase

Broken Egg Vase

What you need:broken egg vase1
• 1 egg
• water
• Plasticine
• flowers
• ribbon

What you do:
• Break the top off your egg by tapping around the egg with a knife and then cracking the top off.
• Wash the egg and let it dry.
• Put a piece of Plasticine on the bottom of the eggshell to make it stable.
• Tie a ribbon around the broken egg vase.
• Half fill the egg with water.
• Cut your flowers extremely short and place inside the egg.
• Display.

Cracked Egg Candle

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What you need:cracked egg candle1
• 1 egg
• 4 cups water
• 4 teaspoons of white vinegar
• food coloring
• tealight candle (without the metal wrapping)

What you do:
• Break the top off your egg by tapping around the egg with a knife and then cracking the top off.
• Tip the contents of the egg into a bowl and then carefully rinse the egg out with water.
• Put your water and vinegar into a bowl and then add enough food coloring to make the water a bright color.
• Carefully put your egg into the water and leave it in there until it turns the color you want.
• Remove your egg from the water and leave it to dry.
• Once you are sure your egg has completely dried, place your teacup candle inside the egg, making sure that the wick faces upwards.
• Put your egg inside an eggcup and carefully light the candle.
• Once the candle has burned for a few minutes, it will begin to mold into the shape of the egg and look even prettier.

Watercolor Eggs

Watercolor eggs

What you need:Watercolor eggs1
• 2 Sheets of white paper
• Watercolors
• Brush
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Glue

What you do:
• Paint one of the sheets of paper with watercolors.
• Let it dry.
• On the back of the paper draw egg shapes.
• Cut the eggs out.
• Glue the watercolor eggs to the second sheet of paper.
• Display.

Decoupaged Eggs

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What you need:
• Plastic eggs
• Wire- 18 gauge- 3” length for each egg
• Tacky Glue
• Paper gift wrap with floral motifs- assorted
Mod Podge
• Sponge brush
• Ribbon-2 lengths for each egg
What you do:
• Bend wire in half.
• Dip the ends of wire into the tacky glue.
• Push wire ends into the egg, forming ¼” long hanger loop.
• Cut gift wrap into ½” squares.
• Apply an even coat of Mod Podge to egg in desired position.
• Press gift wrap square into glue.
• Brush top of gift wrap with Mod Podge .
• Repeat to apply additional gift wrap squares to egg, overlapping squares to completely cover egg. Let dry.
• Brush entire surface of egg with 1 or 2 coats of the Mod Podge . Let dry.
• Thread ribbon through hanger loop.
• Knot ribbon ends together to hang egg.
• Display your Easter Tree.

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Egg Shell Frame

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What you need:
• Wooden frame
Mod Podge
• Acrylic paint
• Sponge applicator
• Clean and dry egg shells

What you do:
• Apply a thick layer of mod podge to the wood.
• Break off little pieces of the egg shells and apply them to the glue.
• Once you’ve covered your frame, let it dry completely.
• Using your sponge applicator, paint the edges and the inside of your frame in the color of your choice.
• Very gently, apply paint to the egg shell surface.
• Let it dry.
• There you have it!

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Easter Eggs

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Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Egg-dying is a really fun family activity or a science project – regardless of your religious affiliation. This year, try going au naturale using these recipes:
What you need:
• Eggs
• White Vinegar
• Vegetables and spices, see below
• Saucepan
• Filtered Water
• Measuring spoons
• Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
• Olive oil, wax, cooking twine, leaves, etc (optional)
What you do:
1. Choose which colors you’d like to dye your eggs:
•  Red
-Red onion skins, use a lot
- Pomegranate juice
- Whole beets- not canned
- Cherries or cranberries
• Yellow
- Lemon or orange peel
- Celery seeds
- Ground Cumin
• Pale Yellow
- Boil eggs in 3 tablespoons of ground turmeric for 12-15 minutes
• Deep Gold
- Boil eggs in 3 tablespoons of ground turmeric for 30 minutes
• Yellow Brown
- Dill seeds
• Yellow Green
- Bright green apple peels
• Orange
- Yellow onion skins
• Blue
- Canned blueberries and their juice
- Red cabbage leaves
- Purple grape juice
• Baby Blue
- Boil ½ head of read chopped red chopped cabbage, soak eggs in solution in the fridge for 1-2 hours. (Cabbage dye does not work until it cools).
• Royal Blue
- Boil ½ head of red chopped cabbage for 30 minutes, soak eggs in solution in the fridge overnight.
•  Violet Blue
- Violet blossoms
-Red onion skins (less than needed for red)
• Green
- Spinach leaves
-Fresh green herbs
- Olive green, use red onion skins (colored produced by reaction with vinegar)
• Brown/ Tan
-1 quart of strong black coffee instead of water
- Black walnut shells
- Tea
-Handful of cumin seeds
•  Lavender/ Purple
- Diluted purple grape juice
-Violet blossoms plus squeeze of lemon
- Frozen Blueberries
•  Pink
- 3 cups of chopped beet
- Cranberries or cranberry juice
- Raspberries
- Red grape juice
2. Place eggs in the bottom of a large pan. Cover with water. For each color, fill a saucepan with at least three inches of water. Add 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar. Add the natural ingredient of your choice from above. It’ll take around 2 cups, packed.
3. Bring the contents to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the color you are intending. Some ingredients take longer to set and the longer the eggs boil, the deeper the color. To further deepen the color, take the pan off the stove and store in the fridge overnight.
5. Remove the eggs from the dye. If you’re satisfied with the color, then allow them to dry on racks over old dish towels. For deeper, richer colors, strain the liquid, and allow the egg to continue to soak for up to eight hours. Any longer, and the vinegar will start to disintegrate the shell. If you plan to eat the eggs, put them into the refrigerator.
Helpful Hints:
Use brown eggs to deep gold and browns, white eggs for other colors. Try creating unique designs on your eggs by drawing on them with white crayons, tying cooking twin around them before dying. For permanent hollow eggs, create a small hole in both ends of the egg with a safety pin or wire and gently blow contents of the egg out of one end. Any food that gives off a tint when boiled is a potential dyeing agent- look around the kitchen for other ingredients that might produce interesting hues.
Other Ideas:
To add a marbleized effect, stir in a few teaspoons of olive oil into the cooled, stained dye. The oil will stick to the shell in certain places, preventing the dye from continuing to color the shell in certain spots.