Easter is just around the corner for 2011 and colouring Easter eggs every year is something I always looked forward to as a kid. Every year its a fun family activity, whereby my dad and brother go to collect differently shaped leaves and grasses, while my mum and I take care of decorating and colouring the eggs.
Eggs (smaller sized eggs are better, as they do not break while boiling)
Egg Dye (you can get this in most delicatessen stores during the Easter period)
Leaves and Grasses
Small clean cloth
Collect some old stockings that you no longer wear or that have ripped and cut them into 10cm long pieces. Once you have your leaves and grass collected, place the leaf on the egg and secure with the stocking, so that its nice and neat. Tie the stocking with some thread and keep on repeating this until all of your eggs are decorated.
I normally have 3-4 saucepans on the stove at once with different egg dye colours in them. Add about a litre of water and the egg dye, add a teaspoon of salt and 2 table spoons of white vinegar. Doing this prevents breakage of the eggs.
Slowly add the eggs into the saucepans, holding by the tail of the stocking and boil for about 25-30 minutes. Eggs need to be very hard boiled.
When removing from the water, cut the stocking with scissors and take off stocking and the leaf immediately. Once it dries it wont come off and leaves the egg looking dirty. Make sure you wear plastic gloves so your hands don't get coloured. Also note, the eggs will be very hot so take one by one out.
Once the eggs have cooled down, wipe them with the cloth which you have put oil on previously. This will add a beautiful shine to the eggs.