Make your family’s Easter Sunday (March 27) egg hunt even more special by hiding some beautiful, golden eggs
- STEP 1 –Hard-boil the eggs or empty each one out using an egg blower tool. To boil, gently place eggs into pot, then cover with enough cold water so that eggs are submerged one inch deep. Bring water to a boil and simmer for one minute. Next, remove from heat, cover with lid, and let sit for 15 minutes. Gently scoop eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon and let cool in a colander
- STEP 2 – While eggs are cooking, boil a small pot of water for the dye.
- STEP 3 – As you’re waiting on the eggs and pot of water to boil, construct a drying rack with a foam block and toothpicks. Space the toothpicks about an inch apart. Every four toothpicks balances one egg, so you will need a total of 48 toothpicks
- STEP 4 – In each jar, add two tablespoons of white vinegar and double the amount of food colouring drops that is indicated on the packaging (we followed the instructions for teal and dusty rose). Carefully scoop out a cup of just-boiled water from the small pot, and pour into one of the jars. Fill the other jars the same way.
- STEP 5 – Carefully place a hard-boiled egg on a spoon and gently lower into jar. It helps to hold the jar at an angle. Leave for about a minute to get the egg fully coloured. Scoop egg out of the jar with spoon and gently lay it atop the drying rack. Soak up the drops of dye that pool on the floor of the drying rack with paper towel.
- STEP 6 – When the eggs are completely dry, move on to leafing. Gently tear a single sheet of gold leaf into quarters. Use a small brush to apply a thin layer of size in small, random strokes on the egg. Take care not to cover entire egg; leave some areas size-free so that you get a marbling effect.Let it dry for a few seconds.
- STEP 7 -The size is very sticky, so be careful not to get any on the hand. The excess metal will fall off while the rest becomes part of the surface of the egg. Gently rub the gold leaf to achieve a random, but natural and smooth marbled pattern on the egg. Repeat this process on the other side of the egg
- STEP 8 – If you emptied out your eggs and plan on keeping them for while, it’s a good idea to apply a sealant to prevent the gold metal from oxidising. Otherwise, your eggs are ready to display or hide for an egg hunt!