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Easter egg decorating is an Easter tradition that is a representation of new life. Our Easter Egg Decorating was inspired by “All You” magazine this year. It was a unique and creative approach to egg decorating that I found in the April 2014 issue of “All You.” I love the simple, clean look of these Easter eggs. The symbols on the egg also represent new life. I love how the butterfly starts as a not very attractive caterpillar and is completely transformed, just as we are transformed through acceptance of Jesus’ death on the cross to take away our sins and give us a new life.
I headed to Safeway to pick up my copy of “All You.” I get to offer you a $1 off coupon so that you can get a great deal on a wonderful magazine while supplies last. This month’s issue is chalked full of recipe, craft and DIY ideas for Easter. I bought the eggs I needed at Safeway too. I am excited for the nationwide launch of All You Magazine at Target, Safeway, Kroger, Meijer, and Dollar General.
The next step was to dye my eggs. Can I confess something? I have never dyed eggs with anything but the tablets you buy in the store. Guess what – that has changed forever now. I was able to get much more vibrant colors using the recipe I found in “All You.” I had everything I needed on hand.
Dying Eggs with Food Coloring
Boil water. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water into each bowl, cup or mug. Add 1 teaspoon vinegar. Their instructions say to add 20 drops of food coloring. However, I had gel food coloring from Wilton and Americolor. Did it work? Yes, it did. I added about 1/4 tsp (eyeballing it) of gel to the vinegar and dissolved as much of the gel as I could by stirring. Then, I added the boiling water and stirred until it was dissolved. I then put my eggs in the mix. It didn’t take long for the eggs to change colors.
Once you have the colors you want, pull the eggs out with a spoon (slotted is best) and set back into the egg carton to dry. You will want to flip them once so the bottom can dry too. These were seriously the most vibrant eggs I have dyed and didn’t take nearly as long as the little tablets. Thank you, “All You” magazine for this recipe. I let these eggs dry completely before I moved on with the project. I have to say that I had a hard time deciding whether to make these paper punch-out eggs that I did or their dip-dye designs (found on pg. 96 of “All You” magazine). Maybe I’ll have to do the dip-dye designs when I decorate with the kids later this week.
To do the rest of this project you will need flower or butterfly mini paper punch. I found mine at Michael’s. I also found a set on Amazon that I believe would work: Dual Ended Craft Punch – Set pf 4 – Flower/Heart/Circle/Star Punch. The ones I purchased were 5/8 inch. Both the ones on Amazon and the ones I bought at Michael’s are made from Recollections.
The paper punch out is really easy. I used brightly colored stock paper in white, pink, orange and different shades of yellow. This punch works a lot like a stapler, so it is easy to get a bunch of little punch outs. I think the paper looks so cool after it is punched too. I use these on the side of an invitation or card sometime.
You will use a hot glue gun to attach all of you punch outs to the eggs. I am sure you could use other glues as well if you want your kids to help. Hot glue does hold better than most glues though. The children can definitely help with the punch outs. They’d probably have a lot of fun with that.
I’m sure you will have fun with different compositions and colors. I stuck with yellow, orange and pink. You could really create them to match any color scheme. The bright gel colors do make it very easy to create the exact colors you want on the dyed eggs.
I found so much inspiration for Easter in the April issue of “All You” magazine. I hope you’ll head to Safeway to pick up your own copy. This magazine is available at Safeway stores nationwide.
Another exciting thing I get to offer to you today is a chance to win a $50 gift card for Safeway. Good luck in the giveaway! The giveaway begins April 7, 2014 and ends April 28, 2014.