Decorating and coloring eggs for Easter is an ancient tradition that has passed from one generation to the next. Both fun and creative, the process proves to be a great family activity enjoyed by young and old.
Easter Eggs are a traditional way to celebrate the renewal of life – the very essence of what Easter is about.
18 large or jumbo eggs
water (enough to cover eggs at least 1 inch over in pan)
bowl with ice cubes and water (large enough to completely cover eggs)
Making Hard Boiled Eggs
Lay eggs on bottom of the pot.
Try not to stack your eggs (it’s better to do it in batches than overfill your pot). Use a pan that’s deep rather than wide.
Fill with water so it’s an inch over the eggs
Put on high heat and bring to a rapid boil.
Let boil for 12 minutes, rolling the eggs around gently with tongs or a fork.
Remove from heat.
Remove the eggs immediately from the pot (We use a slotted spoon) and plunge them into cold water until you can pick them out of the water without burning your hands (a bit under a minute). This is also important when making eggs for egg salad or other purposes.
Decorate and Dye the Eggs
Using commerical food dyes, prepare the dyes with one color in a shallow bowl. Add one egg to the bowl at a time and roll the egg around until fully covered. Remove with tongs and set on a drying rack. Repeat to make the eggs darker if desired. Remember the same dye can produce several shades. Repeat with the different colors until the eggs are dyed and colored to your satisfaction.
Tips & Tricks
Before putting the eggs in dye, use a sharp pointed wax crayon (clear or in colors and create neatly drawn designs with contrasting or darker colors to the dye. These can be flowers, crosses, patterns or anything you please. Once the egg is dyed, the wax remains the same as it went on, showing up against the egg. To make white, use a clear wax crayon. Note: In the Ukraine, wax is melted and quills or other pointed stylus devices are used to apply very fine lines of clear wax. Later, dyes are applied to specific sections of the egg within the patterns with brushes, pens or other means.
First, you’ll need a good apron and newspapers everywhere because this is messy.
Dye the eggs in their basic colors. Then, take a few old toothbrushes and dip one into a contrasting color. Putting the brush in your hand with your thumb on the bristles, roll your thumb back to splatter the egg with the dye. Let dry and repeat after turning the egg around. We use a slow turning device (from our microwave) to turn the eggs for us. Use different dyes to make a selection of speckled eggs. Keep the splatter further away for fine speckles, and closer for bigger spots.
Make Your Eggs Glossy
After the eggs are thoroughly dry, use a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil to “polish” the eggs. It will cause the eggs to have a shiny coat over the dye.