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Decorating Easter Eggs

Colored Easter Eggs

Did you know you don't have to buy expensive kits in order to color Easter eggs?

All you really need are some coffee mugs, 1/2 cup boiling water per cup, 1 tsp. vinegar per cup, and 10-20 drops of food coloring depending on how deep you want the color.

Hard boil the eggs first. Use a spoon for each mug. Put the egg in and turn it as necessary. When it is as dark as you want it, take it out and lay it on a wire cookie rack to finish drying completely.

If you have a white or yellow crayon, you can write a name on the egg or draw other decorations such as stars, circles, or spirals.

You can even make two or three tone eggs.

For a two tone egg, hold half of the egg into the water as above. Let it dry. Then turn it over and put it in another color as above.

For a tri tone egg, choose a light color for the overall color which will show in the middle. Then follow the two tone egg directions, but leave the egg a little further out so that the middle is still showing the original color.

You can get creative and hold them on a diagonal for another look.

You can make your own egg stand with a piece of heavy paper or light cardboard. Cut a strip about 1/2 inch thick and long enough to a circle about the same size as the egg. Cut a small slit in the top of one end just half way through, and cut another in the other end from the bottom. Then slip the two cuts together to complete your base.

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Get creative with things you already have around the house -- scraps of fabric, yarn, string, crayons, markers.

You can also put a pin through both ends of the egg and blow out the inside. Then color as above. If you put a pipe cleaner through the egg and bend it over at the bottom and make a hook at the top, you can hang your egg on a tree.

Have fun creating your own unique Easter eggs!

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