The Easter tree -
Having spent my formative years as a foreigner in Germany, I've always been in awe of this tradition - sweet budding branches filled with wooden bunny ornaments and brightly coloured eggs. (In my 7yr old mind, this tradition only took a backseat to my blessed Kinder Egg consumption.)
You will need:
- Eggs (quantity is up to you!)
- Warm Water (straight from the tap)
- White Wine Vinegar
- Food Colouring (primary colours work best for mixin n matchin)
- Large Sewing Needle
- Egg Carton
- Coloured String
- Fresh Twig
- Glass bottle
Using a needle, gently poke a small hole in the smaller tip of the egg. Turn the egg over and repeat - making a slightly larger hole on the larger bottom tip.
Turning back to the smaller hole, purse your lips to the egg and blow into the hole- its contents will drip out of the lower, larger hole. (You will undoubtedly feel like a fool, so you might want to close the blinds/clear the room of friends/etc - unless you're comfortable with that sort of thing…) You will know the egg is empty when you hear a somewhat satisfying 'sssss' sound.
Gently wipe away any yolk/etc from the egg shell and set aside.
Using a separate bowl for each colour you want, fill the bowls with warm water, a tipple of vinegar (approx 1tbsp) and approx 10 drops of food colouring.
Dip the eggs into the dye until they reach your desired look. (This will take several minutes)
Take out of the water to dry. (Tip: For a quick and easy drying rack - cut an egg carton in half. Flip it over and poke large holes into each peak. Voila!)
To hang: Cut the tip off of a toothpick & tie it to a piece of string. Poke the toothpick end through the larger hole you created in the egg - this will act as an anchor. Tie a loop into the remaining end of the string and hang.