Friday, April 2, 2010
Easter Egg Craft With My Senior Friends
I enjoy the time I spend with my elders at the local senior's residence, Mount Edith House. I visit them from time to time to teach crafts with the Banff Senior Support Coordinator, Sue Smythe. Easter is always a fun time for crafts and this week, Sue and I stopped over with two dozen blown and dyed eggs each (it is a wonder I have any brains left after all that blowing...). We then proceeded to make the cutest little group of chicken, bunny, and chicken-in-bunny-disguises I have ever seen. Give it a whirl this weekend. All you need are dyed eggs, felt, and some imagination. Fun will be had by all!
How to boil eggs: Place the eggs in a large saucepan. Add enough cold water to
completely cover the eggs. Place on medium-high heat and bring water to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer eggs for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and fill with cold water. The eggs must be completely cool and dry to decorate successfully.
A note on dying eggs: You can use food coloring and water to dye your eggs. Red food coloring turns your eggs pink and red and blue make purple. Both of these colors will produce good results with just the food coloring. For the best yellow, green, and blue you should add vinegar... Combine 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon of food coloring with 2 tsp. vinegar in a cup that is deep enough for the eggs. Add water to about the half way point. Gently place the eggs into the cups. The longer they are left in the dye, the darker the color.
How to blow eggs: You can see my post on onion skin dyed eggs from last year. These eggs will float in the dye water so you need to such fresh water in through the hole until it is quite full to weight the eggs down in the dye water.