As spring approaches each year, Coloradans look forward to a treasured springtime tradition – Easter. Families and loved ones gather to celebrate the season with Easter egg hunts, sweet treats and delicious family meals. And no Easter celebration would be complete without egg decorating. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association would like to offer some creative egg decorating ideas to help make your Easter eggs stand out this holiday season.
“Easter egg decorating is among our most cherished holiday traditions,” said Clint Hickman, a Colorado egg farmer and member of CEP. “Over the years, we’ve discovered many creative, family-friendly ways to decorate Easter eggs, and we’re happy to share those ideas. As Coloradans prepare for their Easter festivities this year, we hope they remember to buy local Colorado-produced eggs, available at many stores throughout the state.”
As you prepare to decorate your Easter eggs, be sure to follow all the appropriate food safety procedures to keep your eggs safe during the celebration. Our partners at the American Egg Board provide easy instructions on how to properly hard-boil or blow eggs to get them ready for decorating. Click here to learn more.
Below are several creative ways to decorate Easter eggs that will be easy for the whole family, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.
● Drizzled eggs – drizzle an egg with rubber cement, let it dry, and then dip it in colored dye. Once the egg is dry, gently peel off the rubber cement. Repeat with additional colors to create swirled egg designs.
● Chirping chick eggs – dye a white egg canary yellow, let it dry, and glue a quill feather to the top. Use markers to create two eyes and a beak, and place your feathered friend in a piece of cracked eggshell.
● Fabric-dyed eggs – wrap a square of your chosen fabric, such as lace or netting, tightly around the egg and secure with a rubber band. Dunk the egg in food-safe dye to create an intricate pattern that looks hand painted.
● Paint-splattered eggs – once your dyed eggs have dried, dip a paintbrush in paint. Hover the brush over the center of the egg and tap the handle to splatter the paint.
● Beach-themed eggs – brush on a thin layer of decoupage medium and sprinkle with sand to give your eggs a beachy texture. Add festive decorations, like shells or starfish, for a tropical vacation design.
Colorado Egg Producers is proud to help the Easter Bunny out this year by donating eggs to Feeding Colorado food banks throughout the state in time for Easter. You can help to make a difference as well, visit www.foodbankrockies.org/incredible-edible-egg-cookbook and make a donation to Food Bank of the Rockies to help Coloradans in need. With your donation of five dollars or more, you will receive a downloadable special-edition CEP cookbook and coupon for your next egg purchase. CEP will donate a dozen eggs for every cookbook download.
CEP will also donate a dozen eggs each time #CEPGiving is posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram through March 27th. You can use #CEPGiving to show us your Easter preparations, Easter eggs, Easter bunny visits and more. In total, CEP will donate up to 25,000 dozen eggs through #CEPGiving and cookbook downloads.
For more resources and information about Easter celebration ideas, visit www.goodeggproject.com, www.incredibleedibleegg.com and www.coloradoeggproducers.com. You can also follow CEP on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for recipes, egg decorating ideas and more.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing six farms throughout the state. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs, although it is important to note, there is no nutritional difference between cage-free eggs and conventionally produced eggs. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.