Welsh Witterings: Spring has Sprung
With the signs of Spring being in abundance and the children now off school for the Easter half term break I have been feeling rather creative. This creativity has taken the form of making Easter bonnets, preparing afternoon teas and even a bit of egg blowing.
Note to self when dying eggs, make sure that you wear the gloves as well as the children. I was using cold dye in a fabulous shade of flamingo pink and after instructing my girls and their friends about the importance of wearing latex gloves I then removed my gloves to answer the telephone and then proceeded to plunge the blown eggs into the dye… without my gloves on. So this morning I have lovely pink tinged fingernails and a certain pink glow to fingers.
As the sun shone yesterday I had the girls out in the garden with some of their friends making Easter bonnets and enjoying a very civilised afternoon tea, by far the best entertainment was watching the children huff and puff as they tried to blow eggs ready for decorating.
To blow eggs
Prick eggs top and bottom with a needle. You need a larger hole at the bottom of the egg. With a straw blow the yolk and white out of the bottom of the egg into a bowl.
Wipe the blown eggs over with a piece of damp kitchen towel and then you are ready to begin the decorating stage.
If you’re working with very small children, make a small hole in the bottom and let them shake the egg out.
Decorating the Eggs
I have used a variety of things to dye the eggs with including beetroot juice and onion skins. I really love using natural dyes as the results are always a surprise, but as I had a selection of children varying in ages I decided to opt for some cold dye as it’s a quicker process. I mixed the dye up in jam jars and allowed each child to dip their blown eggs into the solution. From the same dye its amazing how the results differed.
In addition I allowed the children to choose to do appliqué eggs by cutting out fabric shapes and attaching with PVA glue or to create collage eggs by gluing on scraps of fabric or pictures from magazines. Finally seal the design with a coat of PVA glue. The trick with these types of eggs is to ensure you have an empty egg box at the ready…I find the plastic ones work best for craft projects.
Once the eggs are decorated and fully dry; use a glue gun to attach a loop of ribbon to the base of the egg for hanging.
A branch left either natural or sprayed with silver paint or ice white works well as an Easter tree. Simply pop the branch in an old plant pot filled with sand and stones. Tie ribbon on some of the branches and decorate the tree with the blown eggs.
Decorating the tree can become a great, family tradition, especially if the children make their own decorations.
Well, back to the egg blowing so until next time I bid you a fond farewell from a sunny West Wales.