While dying eggs may be fun, it’s far from artistic. However, with watercolors, painting blown eggs or hard boiled eggs can become true works of art. Using watercolor paints or simple food coloring, you can create soft watery designs in beautiful pastel colors. It is a great interactive project for kids to share in without the mess and monotony of dying.
Hard boiled eggs will work for this project but blown out eggs can be preserved for years after they’re made; without the egg white or yolk, the eggs will never spoil. To blow out eggs, poke a hole in each end of a raw, regular-sized egg with a pin or thumb tack. Reach through one hole with a skewer, wire, straightened paper clip, or toothpick piercing the yolk and breaking up the membranes that keep it whole. Hold a thin straw to one hole and blow air through the straw and into the egg, letting the insides flow out from the opposite hole. Do this until the egg is empty. Take a glass of water and pour it over the eggshell to rinse it out. Then take your straw to blow out the water and any remaining egg yolk/white. Shake gently and repeat until the egg is completely clean.
To watercolor the eggs, you’ll need food colors, white vinegar, a paintbrush, and small bowls or jars. Mix a few drops of food coloring with 2-3 Tablespoons of water in a small bowl or jar, until you get to your desired color. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to each bowl or jar. Use a small paintbrush to paint the eggs with the watercolors and place the painted eggs back into the egg carton to dry.
Not only are painting eggs a more interactive, fun activity for you and your little ones, as opposed to simply dropping them in the dye and waiting, but you will love the watercolor effect on your beautifully colored eggs!
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