Painted Easter eggs

Painted Easter eggs
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Easter is on its way, and with it comes hot cross buns, spring colours, lots of chocolate – and family!

From baking-bird shaped biscuits, and hand-making your own Easter cards, to creating a string of bunny-shaped bunting - there are plenty of exciting activities you can do with the kids! Here the experts from Hochanda, the Home of Crafts, Hobbies and Arts, have shared a simple and affordable step-by-step guide to decorating Easter eggs so you can get creative and have some egg-cellent fun with your family:

You will need:
•    Box of eggs
•    Food colouring
•    A sharp pin or needle
•    Vinegar
•    Paint brush
•    Paint
•    Stencils

Step 1
Using a sharp pin or needle, make a small hole at each end of an egg and then use it to pierce the yolk inside. Blow through one hole to remove the contents of the egg, then wash the remaining shell and leave it to dry.

Step 2
In a bowl, add 1 tsp of vinegar, 1 tsp of food colouring and some warm water. Lower the empty shells into the liquid and leave for three to five minutes. Make sure the egg is completely submerged by adding a weight on top of the shell (a safety pin will do nicely). Take the eggs out of the bowl and leave them to dry.

Step 3
Next, add colourful polka dots, stripes, and zig-zags to the outer shell of the eggs using a paintbrush and colourful paint.

Step 4
If your grandchildren are slightly older and want something a little more challenging, you can use stencils to add some extra detail to the eggs. Place your chosen stencil on the outer shell of the egg and, using a thin tipped paint brush and paints, colour in between the stencil lines. Go over this a few times to give the paint a 3D effect and to make sure that the colours are eye-catching and bold.

Step 5
Arrange your eggs in the egg box or in a wicker basket, then add some soil or brightly coloured flowers for extra decoration. Place this in the middle of your dining table on Easter Sunday as a centrepiece. Alternatively, you can set up an Easter egg hunt for your grandchildren by scattering the eggs around the house or garden.

 

Try this: Use stencils from Claritystamp or Imagination Crafts, all available from www.hochanda.com from as little as £7.99

Inspired to learn a new hobby or skill? Tune into Hochanda on Sky 663, Freeview 39, Freesat 817 or log on to www.hochanda.com

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