Are you a fan of dying Easter eggs?
I’m not. Too boring.
Even with a neat crayon technique or sparkle dye, there’s not much to it. Dip, done. Then you wash the kids hands, and check to make sure no dye got on their clothes, wash the dishes up and clean up the counters. The eggs go back into the carton until you’re ready to eat them – it’s pretty anti-climactic if you ask me.
I needed to amp it up a bit. Coloured eggs at Easter are a staple, so you have to do something to participate…
Martha has a great tutorial on applying napkins to eggs – and anything that Martha does (through her talented team of artisans, designers and photographers) is gorgeous.
There were aspects of her tutorial that I didn’t really like though, so I’ve changed it up a bit.
First up, we didn’t hard boil the eggs. Hubby likes to have omelettes in the morning, so a dozen hard boiled eggs probably wouldn’t get eaten very quickly. I’ve always been a “wild child”, rebelling against the norms of society… so I used RAW eggs! (I know, that’s just how I roll – crazy chick)
I picked up a few packages of napkins from the dollar store:
Martha uses a decoupage glue to adhere her napkins, but something about putting glue on an edible item just didn’t sit well with me? I opted to use a bit of egg white as my adhesive.
I did try dipping the egg right into the whites and roll it around, but it was too wet and the napkins disintegrated, so I suggest just lightly painting the egg onto the shell.
You’ll want to separate the layers of your napkin. All you need is one thin layer. You can use the entire napkin, but it becomes a bit harder to smooth out.
Cut your napkin into smaller squares – just big enough to cover the egg plus an inch (2.5cm).
Lightly coat your egg,
then gently place the napkin on top and smooth it gently. The napkin will tear really easily, so this part is a bit frustrating if you’re hoping for a completely smooth finish.
I think this is why Martha’s team just did cut outs from the napkins instead of covering the entire egg – the wrinkles wouldn’t have been nearly as appealing. lol
Try a stripe if you like – this one is Amazing Amy’s and it certainly came out smoother than most of mine.
As you’re adhering the napkin to the egg, paint over each bit with a bit more egg white. It helps to get out any bubbles and glue down wrinkle sections.
That’s it – safe, edible, easy and pretty. These should last in your fridge for as long as the expiry date on the egg carton indicates.
Have a great one!