Home-made Easter eggs frequently fail in effect because they are not properly prepared.
Look over each egg carefully to see that it is not cracked or all work is wasted, then wash off with warm water to remove soil. Put aside such eggs as are to be boiled hard and colored and in a a separate mound put those with most perfect surface for painting or other decorations. Make very sure there is no mixing, as a broken raw egg is not pleasing.
Colored eggs can be made any thing with special dyes, or if these are unobtainable cheap ribbon can be boiled in a little water and the boiled egg submerged in it until the right tone is acquired.
The old-fashioned calico egg will be pleasing to this generation of youngsters. Tie each egg tie a piece of cheap figured chintz of high color and it will leave its design on the egg when put in boiling water.
If you have nothing else for coloring boil the egg after tying up in the red skin of onions.
Quaint designs can be boiled into the egg by tracing figures on the shell of the raw egg with a hard tallow candle to make a white surface, then color the rest of the egg in dyed water.
When eggs are to be painted for place cards or caricatures, they need more careful treatment. Wipe the washed egg in powdered pumice to remove glosses of shell and make painting take better.
The blowing must be carefully done or the shell will crack. Prick both ends with a coarse needle. The hole should be just large enough to permit the contents being expelled. Too large an opening is disfiguring, besides making a crack more probable.
Put the egg to the mouth and blow gently at first, then hard and steadily into nothing more comes. Rinse with warm water and blow out several times again. Dry carefully so all water will run out.
To paint the egg trace the outlines with a hard pencil, then color with good water colors, as they dry most quickly. If the eff is to be filled with candy one hole may be made big enough to hold tiny candied drops. When the shell is filled paste the hole with thin paper.
Any one can paint some sort of face on an egg shell, and if further decorations in the way of hat, hair, or stock are added great delight will be given.
A girl with artistic ability can make fascinating place cards form eff shells in the forms of rabbits, owls, pigs, Cupid heads, old ladies, or gay belles. These are pasted to flat cards on which a nam,e or Easter greeting is written in gilt letters.
When the egg represents an entire figure the feet are painted on the card; when only the head, it can be set on a short tube to represent a neck, and this can be draped with stock or collar.
Use a good glue in pasting the eggs to the card, as paste or mucilage will not hold well.
Great fun for an Easter party is to supply the blank cards, blown egg shells, scissors, paints, and colored papers and set the guests to evolving their own egg ornaments. Prizes can be offered for the msot successful.
Source: The New York Times, 1911