Tips for decorating eggs for Easter
Easter is nearly here and that means it’s time for Easter traditions - from fun ones to delicious ones! Here are some tips for decorating eggs this Easter weekend.
A brief background of the tradition of Easter eggs
There's a reason why we eat egg-shaped chocolate at Easter time. Eggs have been a symbol of Easter for centuries. Even before Christianity, eggs were decorated in the spring in many cultures as a sign of fertility, while some Christians linked eggs to the empty tomb of the newly resurrected Jesus.
In Christian societies, particularly in central and eastern Europe, decorating eggs - whether dying or painting - has been a much-loved preparation for Easter. Whether you identify as religious, pagan, agnostic or none of the above, it’s nice to celebrate Easter with some old-school egg-decorating traditions during the holidays.
Get ready to decorate eggs this Easter weekend
There are a broad range of ways to decorate your eggs, from simple to downright intricate, so no matter what your skill level is or whether you're decorating eggs with kids or not, you can have fun preparing these Easter beauties!
First, boil the eggs, then decide how you're going to decorate them and off you go! Alternatively, remove the contents of an unboiled egg by piercing the eggshell at the top and bottom and blowing them out. The second option means that you are working with a much more brittle, delicate object, so choose wisely.
Dying eggs with natural colourings
Chances are you’ll have the right ingredients for this in your house, and if not, they’ll be easy and cheap to find at your local supermarket. Ingredients like turmeric and red cabbage can give outstanding results. If you use a combination of white eggs and some brown eggs, then the colour variety will be even greater.
Watercolour painting on white eggs
Simple watercolour painting on eggs can be done easily and is most effective on white eggs. Whether you choose to do flowers, like in this relaxing video, patterns, or whatever else you please, it’s a really cheerful way to decorate eggs for Easter.
Windmill design egg art
This one is not for the faint-hearted, but as we're in the land of windmills, why not give this pattern a go? It’s an exercise in patience and geometry as much as it is decoration. This detailed tutorial will guide you from pencilling in measurements right through to producing outstanding egg art!
Enjoy Easter creativity
Egg decoration is a great way to celebrate this spring tradition, no matter what your beliefs are. It's also a time for trying out new recipes and eating great food (including chocolate Easter eggs) and spending time with family because Easter is a time of plenty. Enjoy!