|Yeah, mine didn't look this good, but it sure was fun!|
We have all bought PAAS egg decorating kits, balancing boiled eggs on a tablespoon to dip them into cups of colorful dye, experimenting with color layering or tie-dye egg patterns. Some of us have added crayon marks or stickers or displayed our eggs upright in little cardboard rings. But have you ever dripped hot beeswax on an empty eggshell, dipped it in dye, and burned the wax off with a candle? Well, then, you haven't lived!
When I was a kid, a family friend had the wonderful idea to attempt Ukrainian Easter eggs. Unlike American Easter eggs, when you make a Ukrainian Easter egg you start raw. The artist carefully pokes tiny holes in both ends of the egg, and then blows the egg out of the shell. During our attempt, my mother decided this process was too time-consuming, and she put her creative mind to the problem, coming up with an innovative solution: electric breast pump. We used the pump to suck the yolk and whites out of the eggshell, setting the egg innards aside for scrambled eggs or omelets later. (Note: if you are using your breast pump for milk, you will want to sanitize the parts after they come in contact with raw egg before pumping again.)
|Playing with fire enhances the fun!|
When all the dipping is done, use the candles once more: to melt the wax that you have so painstakingly applied to your shell and wipe it off with a paper towel. With the last wipe of the towel, your masterpiece is revealed! Now, when I last made Ukrainian Easter eggs I was a child, so my designs weren't terribly sophisticated, but for a family project you can't get much more fun! It's not for tiny tots (hello, fire), but for older kids, it is a great twist on the same old boring Easter tradition, and a memory I will treasure always.
What's your favorite Easter tradition? Do you have a fond memory related to Easter from your childhood? Please share, I'd love to hear about it!