Easter is such a wonderful holiday. The days are getting longer and warmer. Family gather together to feast on some beautiful food, and yet it is a much more relaxed affair than Christmas, with little fuss or stress.
Eggs are symbolic of new beginnings, and fertility. Back in the 1940s and ’50s my mother and her friends used to celebrate Easter by gathering at her aunt’s house. They lit a bonfire and cooked boiled eggs on it. They had a competition to see who could eat the most eggs. The tradition of eggs at Easter started with chicken eggs and later evolved into the tradition of giving chocolate eggs. I love the run-up to Easter, as we usually make some cute decorations to prepare the house for the celebration. We start by doing some interesting things with eggs. There are plenty of things you can do to make eggs look pretty for Easter. I Include my three favourite ideas below to get you started.
Vintage Inspired Pastel Eggs
You will need
Paint palette for mixing
Jar of water
- Place the egg in water and bring to the boil. Boil over a gentle heat for 10 minutes until hard-boiled. Remove egg from water and allow to cool.
- Choose your desired colour scheme and pour out a small amount of each colour onto the palette.
- Do some colour mixing and play around with the paint to get the desired hues.
- Decide on the brush stroke or pattern . Practise on a piece of paper before applying to the egg. Apply brush stroke or pattern spaced evenly over the entire egg.
- Leave space between the strokes to add a different stroke or colour later.
- Leave to rest for a while to allow the paint to dry completely. Then add a second colour and brushstrokes, and wait for it to dry again.
- Repeat with a third colour.
- If you are looking for inspiration for your eggs, find some vintage fabric or prints that you like, and use the colour scheme or the shape of the print and try to reproduce it on your eggs.
Easter Bunny Eggs
You will need
Boiled egg, cooled
- Pour some of the mini bunnies into a bowl.
- Get the cool boiled egg and paint the surface with a thin layer of glue using the paintbrush.
- Completely cover the egg by sticking the small bunnies onto its surface.
- Shake a little glitter over the bunnies for a bit of sparkle.
Cheerful Easter Eggs
What you need
- Hard boil the egg for 10 minutes, then allow to cool.
- Pour your sprinkles into a bowl.
- Paint the egg with the glue.
- Dip half your egg into the sprinkles and press down.
- Now add sprinkles to the top half of the egg until fully covered.
- Secure the sprinkles firmly to the surface of the egg by pressing it against the inside of a clean bowl and by pressing gently with your fingertips.
- Shake a little glitter over the entire egg.
* All of these eggs are for decorative purposes and are not edible.
* All of these eggs can be stored 3–4 days in the fridge.