I love a great twist on an old classic so when I came across this Easter egg idea I figured I’d give it a go. Last year, Ivan and I died Easter eggs with the traditional hard boiled egg and food coloring/white vinegar dye bath. It was simple but a lot of the hard boiled eggs went to waste since no one in our house really eats them. For this year’s eggs, the rubber cement Easter eggs require the eggs to be blown-out since the rubber cement solvents could adsorb through the porous eggshell rendering them unsafe for consumption.
I almost didn’t try this because blowing out the eggs seemed like a lot of hassle but then I thought about the fact that we’d actually eat the egg whites and yolk in omelets or scrambled up. Yes, it was more work but probably worth it if we’d actually eat the eggs.
I used a safety pin to make a small hole on the top of the egg and then made a larger hole on the bottom of the egg. After a lot of hot air and a little lightheadedness I had a dozen blown-out egg shells and some eggs ready for omelets the next morning.
I then had my little assistant help dunk each of the eggs in a mixture of food coloring, water, and vinegar.
After getting to this point my helper lost interest, but it was probably best for me to take over for the rubber cement application. I missed getting a picture of this step because my hands were a sticky mess but it just involved drizzling the rubber cement over the egg and swirling it around.
After the rubber cement had dried, the eggs went back into another dye color and then were left to dry. I came back a few hours later, rubbed the rubber cement off the shells and ended up with these fun little Easter egg creations.
Anyone else doing something fun and different with Easter eggs this year?I think we are going to make a little family tradition of doing some more creative eggs each year instead of simple solid colors because there are too many fun ideas out there that I look forward to trying as the kids grow up.