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Eggs
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In ancient Egypt and Persia people exchanged decorated eggs at the spring equinox , the beginning of the new year. The eggs were seen as a symbol of fertility for them because the coming forth of a live creature from an egg was so surprising to people of ancient times.

Christians adopted this tradition, and the Easter egg became a religious symbol. It represented the tomb from which Jesus broke forth. In medieval times eggs were traditionally given at Easter to all servants, and to the children, along with other gifts. It seems that the custom of hiding the eggs is a universal one.

Whether you make edible eggs or fun colored non-edible ones - it is important to follow these egg Safety guidelines.

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DYEING EGGS
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What would be Easter without decorating and coloring eggs? Here are are some homemade dyes you can use and some different decorating ideas:

The first thing you need is either hard boiled or blown eggs. If you use hard boiled eggs hey must be kept refrigerated if you intend to eat them Do not eat if they have been left our or painted with acrylic paints. If you want to keep your decorated eggs it is best to use blown eggs. However, blown eggs are much more fragile and harder for young kids to handle. To make a blown egg poke a small hole in each end of the egg with a large needle. Push needle into egg and twist around to break yoke. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow hard through th hole until the shell is empty. Rinse eggshells well and allow to dry. (save the raw eggs and scramble for breakfast).

Natural Dye

  • Various food and plant items
  • Sauce pans for each color
  • Slotted spoon
  • Strainer
  • Cooking oil
  • Soft cloth
Pour 1/2 cup water in each sauce pan. Add cut-up fruit, vegetables or plants (carrots, blueberries, grass, coffee all work well). Bring to a boil and simmer until water turns color you like. Remove from heat and strain reserving water. When water is cool add boiled or blown eggs. Let sit until they turn the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.

Crepe Paper Dye

  • Different color crepe paper
  • Hot water
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Slotted spoon
  • Cooking oil
  • Soft cloth
Soak crepe paper in hot water in individual bowls or cups for each color. Add eggs and allow to sit in water until he desired color is achieved. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.

Food Coloring Dye

  • Food coloring
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Slotted spoon
  • Cooking oil
  • Soft cloth
For each color measure 1/4 tsp. food coloring in small bowl. Add 3/4 cup hot water and 1 tbsp. white vinegar to each color. Add eggs and allow to sit until they are the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon. Polish dry eggs with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.

Waxed Eggs

  • Wax crayons
  • Paper towels
  • Egg dyes in different colors
  • Slotted spoon
  • Cooking oil
  • Soft cloth
Draw a heavy crayon patter on hard boiled egg. Dip egg in egg dye preferably a dark color. Leave in dye until desired color is reached. Remove with slotted spoon and place in 200 degree F oven for a few minutes until wax is melted. Wipe with paper towel and dip again in lighter dye to fill in pattern where wax was. Polish finished eggs with cooking oil and soft cloth.

Dip and Dye Eggs

  • Masking tape
  • Different color egg dye
  • Slotted spoon
  • Cooking oil
  • Soft cloth
Stick a pattern of masking tap on plain hard boiled egg. Dip egg in egg dye and leave until desired color is reached. Remove with slotted spoon and air dry. Remove masking ape when dry. Leave masked areas white or dip again in another lighter dye. Polish finished egg with cooking oil and soft cloth.

Marble Eggs

  • Large glass jar
  • Crayon stubs
  • Vegetable grater
  • Hot water
  • Waxed paper or newspaper
  • Empty egg carton
  • Clear acrylic spray (optional)
Grate peeled crayons over waxed paper. Fill jar with very hot water. Drop bits of grated crayon into water. Add hard boiled or blown egg as soon as crayon begins to melt. Twirl egg in water with spoon. the wax should make a design on the egg. Carefully remove egg and set upside-down in egg carton to dry. Once dry spray with clear acrylic to seal.

Sponge Painted Eggs

  • Liquid tempra paint
  • Paper cups (for each color)
  • Small pieces of foam or sponge
  • Clothes pins (for each color)
  • Egg cups
  • Clear acrylic spray
Place hard boiled or blown eggs in egg cups. Partially fill paper cups with different colors of paint. Clip a piece of sponge to a clothes pin and dip into paper cups, use the clothes pin as a handle. Lightly dab the sponge over the top half of the egg. Let dry. Turn egg over and repeat procedure. Let the egg dry completely. If using blown eggs, spray with acrylic spray for a permanent finish.

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