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DIY: Have your Easter egg decor and eat it too 0

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver

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Easter is one of those big crafting holidays characteristically prone to the ‘splurge and purge.’

You stock up on seasonal decor and the minute Easter weekend is over, your decorations are now decorating the garbage bins.

That is why quality Canadian eggs are the best starting point for any Easter project, says design and craft expert Andrea Ford, who has teamed up with Egg Farmers of Canada for this Easter special.

Whether you go the hardboiled route or blow out the egg through tiny punctures before decorating, these eggs aren’t to be wasted, as they’re still edible.

“You can actually blow them out into larger ice cube trays and freeze them, and then they’re perfectly portioned,” Ford said. So this way, you have a liquid egg product you can use for cooking or baking, says Ford, and they’ll keep for about a month.

Hardboiled eggs can keep for two weeks before the funky smell sets in, but even unrefrigerated they can still be eaten after a couple of days, says the Toronto-based craft guru. And the rinsed blown-out shells can last forever (if you’re careful handling them).

Eggcellent trends

Ford recommends using natural food dyeing techniques to decorate hardboiled eggs you’re going to eat later. “It’s a big trend, but also the end result is really nice and subtle.”

The DIY maven says you can simply raid your cupboards, fridge or freezer for natural dyeing agents like berries and coffee instead of using food colouring.

“So, say you have leftover coffee in your coffee pot every morning for a week; just reserve it in a Mason jar or something like that and then at the end of the week, you can stick hardboiled eggs in it and you’re not wasting anything,” explained Ford.

“And those eggs turn out looking like wooden decoys (seen right). They’re very natural, they’re subtle, and they have a nice grain to them.”

Another big trend Ford says she’s seeing in both fashion and decor is pastels combined with metallics, as well as the monochromatic look.

These trends are very “decor-friendly,” said Ford, and they don’t scream out in the home.

To get chic, yet affordable egg decor, Ford and Egg Farmers of Canada bring us five Easter decorating ideas to debut this weekend. For more egg looks and recipes, head to eggs.ca.

TUTORIALS FROM ANDREA FORD

Fancy dots. "Continuing the love affair with polka dots, this glue-free technique will add a sparkle to any decor. Great for kids and adults alike, this look can be squeaky clean with white and one colour or up the colour factor by dyeing the shells. Adhesive dots, purchased in transparent rolls or sheets, stick to eggs effortlessly. Starting with the darkest glitter colour, roll the dotted egg in one colour and repeat the dot and glitter process separately for each colour."

Metal urge. "For the true style fiend, pastels and metallics have been the hottest combination in fashion, decor and jewelry. Create an on-trend combination with a mix of dyeing and metallic leafing for a truly chic space. Pastel or food dyeing makes the perfect base, while one-step liquid metal leaf brushes on glimmer accents."

Pastel au naturel. "Shop your fridge for natural stains that create perfectly pastel hues from grey to pink. Using a variety of foods as natural stains (beets, cranberries) to dip-dye or fully colour your eggs. Kids will love the discovery of which food creates each colour, and the eggs will look good enough to eat. Create a soup of berries, vinegar and water in a large pot, bring to a boil and soak until eggs are stained. Pat dry instead of rinsing for the most solid colour."

Pearly whites. "A minimal look with maximum impact, enhance the white beauty of eggs with 3D texture. Create a selection of looks with various relief techniques for a truly sculptural effect. The easy route? Use 3D fabric paint, create dots, abstract shapes or lines. Take it up a notch by creating texture with hot glue and spray painting the egg."

Wax marbeling. "From the rise of painterly prints in decor we’re inspired by the intermingling of colours in marble effects. Create artistic colour combos (with) warm and cool tones or create a high contrast effect by combining bold primaries. Channel your inner Jackson Pollock or refine the look by leaving some of the natural shell exposed. Create crayon shavings with a pencil sharpener. Roll warm hardboiled eggs in crayon shavings, allowing the wax to meld together. To halt the melting and dripping process, dunk eggs in ice water for instant colour capture."

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