Floral Easter Eggs

We all know what the traditional Easter eggs are like: we’ve been making them for years upon years after years after year.  And we all know that traditional Easter eggs end up looking exactly the same as they have since we were about two years old.  They are one color, sometimes multiple colors, sometimes they unfortunately turn brown or grey because we try to hard to put too many colors on them in a desperate attempt to create a different looking Easter egg, for once.  Well, here is a new twist on those tired old Easter eggs.  Follow these directions to create stunning Easter eggs that you won’t be ashamed to display on your dining room table, rather than in your kids’ bedrooms.  This craft is for grownups and for older kids, but it may be a little bit complicated for the youngest in your family.

Materials needed for floral Easter eggs
1.  hard boiled eggs
2.  Easter egg dye, either store bought, home made, or completely natural
3.  some old candle stubs (white candles) or paraffin wax (you can get it at any craft store)
4.  a tin can that you can turn into something like a spout with some pliers
5.  a clean empty margarine or butter container
6.  either a paint brush that you can throw away afterwards or a q-tip
7.  some small pressed flowers or ferns or leaves; you really don’t even have to press them as long as they are flat and will stick to the Easter eggs.

Directions for making floral Easter eggs
1.  Prepare the Easter egg dye, either the store bought or the natural dye or the home made vinegar dye.
2.  Put the wax into a tin can.  Then put the tin can into a sauce pan that has about an inch of water in the bottom of it.  Then put the sauce pan on the stove and turn on the stove on medium low heat.  Carefully watch the wax until it turns into liquid.  Children should not do this step, since leaving the wax on the heat for too long might lead to the wax igniting.
3.  Next, using a pot holder (in case the tin can is too warm) pour the melted wax into the empty margarine container.  You could also use a plastic bowl for this step, but you will probably only want to use something that you can throw away afterwards.
4.  Next, put the flower on the egg where you want it to be.
5.  Now, use the paint brush or the q-tip and gently dab melted wax completely over the flower so that it is totally covered.  Work quickly, because wax dries very, very fast and you do not want the wax to dry before you actually get it on the egg!
6.  Now, dye the egg as you normally would by dipping it in the dye.
7.  Let the egg dry completely.  The wax will peel off of the egg, but the flower or the leaf will be “glued” on to the egg underneath the dye.

Recipe for home made Easter egg dye
To make your own Easter egg dye, use several small cups or other containers.  Put water in each one.  For about each cup of water, add one teaspoon of distilled white vinegar.  Then add food coloring to the water.  A good rule of thumb is to add food coloring two drops at a time, and then waiting to see what the shade looks like before you add more.

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