One of my favourite things about Easter, as a kid, was decorating eggs (oh OK, I admit it, and eating chocolate ones). My mum would hard-boil a few and I’d sit there with paints and brushes, trying to make each one better than the last.
Now, as a mum myself, I’m keen to do the same with my six-year-old daughter. However, I’m a big fan of doing things the faff-free way. Whether it’s cooking, crafting or something else, if there’s an easy way, I’m all for it. Here’s how we decorate eggs in our house…
Eggs (I used white hen eggs as the colour comes out better than on brown eggs.)
Hard-boil your eggs. Take a jam jar and put 230ml of boiling water, 1 tsp of vinegar and 20 drops of food colouring in it. Give it a mix, then using the tongs, place one hard boiled egg into the jar. Leave for five minutes, or longer if you want a deeper colour. Repeat this with different colours in different jars. Remember to rinse the tongs in between jars to avoid colours from mixing.
I popped the eggs onto a wire rack with kitchen roll underneath to catch any colourful drips.
After 20 minutes or so, the eggs should be dry. Take your marker pens and draw a design onto each egg. Done!
It’s a really easy way to make colourful eggs – and once they’re dyed, kids can join in with the drawing part. My six-year-old took over an hour to carefully draw designs on her eggs, and has already asked when we can make some more! I call that a cracking good afternoon.