Ideas to make Easter more colorful (and maybe more glittery).
Tie Dye Easter Eggs
Hard Boiled Eggs
Water Spray Bottle
Tiny Elastics or Twist Ties
Tear apart the paper towels into small rectangles. Place a cool, dry egg in the middle of the paper towel.
Wrap the paper towel up and around the egg so it's completely covered. Twist the top of the paper towel so it's tight against the egg and secure it with a tiny hair elastic or a twist tie.
Wearing rubber gloves, gently squeeze drops of food coloring directly onto the paper towel wrapped egg (3 or 4 drops at a time), leaving some white space between each color. Repeat until there are large food coloring dots around the whole egg.
Using a spray bottle, gently spray a small amount of water into the center of each food coloring dot. Keep spraying until the colors bleed and there is no more white space. The less water you spray, the brighter the colors on the egg will be.
Gently squeeze the wet paper towel wrapped egg over the sink to drain any excess water. Even if there's no extra water, gently squeeze the egg to make sure the color on the paper towel transfers to the egg.
Place the wet, paper towel wrapped eggs in a baking dish. Point a table fan at the eggs and allow them to dry for 3 to 4 hours. (Without a table fan, you'll have to wait overnight for them to dry).
When the paper towels are completely dry, remove the elastics and unwrap each egg.
It's best if you can make these the day you plan to serve them. If they MUST be refrigerated, place the eggs in an egg carton. Make sure you remove them from the fridge (and open the egg carton lid) at least 3 hours before you plan to serve them to give time for the condensation to dry.
This website has you blow out the inside, but you can just hard-boil the eggs and do this glitter technique.
Gold Leaf Easter Eggs
While these eggs are undoubtedly beautiful and deserve a prime spot on your kitchen countertop this Easter, they are also surprisingly easy to make with kids. If you're already planning to dye Easter eggs in pastel hues, you can use the marbling instructions in this tutorial to make colorful golden eggs that are truly one of a kind.
Foam block (mine was 12 x 6 inches)
Dozen white eggs
Set of food coloring
Heatproof jars (large and deep enough to dip eggs into)
Leafing kit(found at the craft store in the framing section)
If you cannot find a leafing kit, you'll also need:
Metallic gold leaf
Size (glue-like liquid for applying gold leaf)
Leafing sealer (optional)
Masking tape for cleaning up metal leaf remnants
Hard boil a dozen white eggs. To boil, gently place eggs into a pot, then cover with enough cold water so that the eggs are submerged 1 inch deep. Bring the water to a boil, and simmer for 1 minute. Next, remove from the heat, cover with the lid, and let the eggs sit for 15 minutes. Gently scoop the eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon, and let them cool in a colander.
While the eggs are cooking, boil a small pot of water for the dye.
As you're waiting for the eggs and pot of water to boil, construct a drying rack with a foam block and toothpicks. Space the toothpicks about an inch apart. Every 4 toothpicks balance 1 egg, so you will need a total of 48 toothpicks.
To each jar, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and double the amount of food coloring drops indicated on the packaging. Carefully scoop out a cup of just-boiled water from the small pot, and pour it into one of the jars. Fill the other jars the same way.
Carefully place a hard-boiled egg on a spoon, and gently lower it into jar. It helps to hold the jar at an angle as you're dipping the egg in. The amount of time you leave the egg in the dye will vary depending on how deep and saturated you want the colors to be.
Scoop the egg out of the jar with your spoon, and gently lay it atop the drying rack. As your eggs are drying, soak up the drops of dye that pool on the floor of the drying rack with a piece of paper towel.
When the eggs are completely dry, move on to the messy part of leafing. Gently tear a single sheet of gold leaf into quarters (it's very thin), and set aside. Hold an egg so that 1 side is facing you; use a small brush to apply a thin layer of size in small, random strokes. Take care to not cover the entire egg; leave some areas size free so that you get a marbling effect. Make straight and circular strokes, and add some dot-like dabs. Holding the egg, let it dry for a few seconds.
The size is very sticky, so be careful to not get any on the hand that is applying it, because with this hand, you will then pick up a quartered sheet of metal leaf and lay it on the surface of the egg facing you. Rub down with either your free hand or with the foam brush. The excess metal will fall off, while the rest becomes part of the surface of the egg.
Gently rub the gold leaf to achieve a random but natural and smooth marbled pattern on the egg. Repeat this process on the other side of the egg. The leaf crumbles will create a mess that's difficult to sweep or wipe, so use a piece of masking tape for easy cleanup.
If you emptied out your eggs and plan to keep them for a while, it's a good idea to apply a sealant to prevent the gold metal from oxidizing. Otherwise, your eggs are ready to display or hide for an egg hunt!