Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dyed Glitter Dot Eggs

I was asked this week to re-craft some projects for work. This is my very favorite one of the bunch.

  • Hard-boiled eggs -I use the Cook's Illustrated method for hard boiling (place eggs in a deep saucepan; cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately remove from heat, cover, and let stand 10 minutes. Transfer to an ice water bath; let cool for 5 minutes or more).
  • Color the eggs as you like- I use the neon food color from the grocery store (in the baking aisle but not all stores have it) and follow the directions on the the package.
  • Medium glue dots (I prefer Therm o-web adhesive Zots) ***
  • Fine glitter
  • Small bowl or paper plate (crease in half for easy return to container)
  • Brush
  • Bottle caps (optional)
Dye the hard-boiled eggs and allow them to dry completely.
The adhesive dots work best on dry room temperature eggs (they'll get condensation on the surface if they're cold and the dots won't stick).
Pour the glitter into a bowl or onto a paper plate.
Apply glue dots to one side of the egg.
Gently roll that side in the glitter or spoon glitter over the dots-take care not to let the glue dots stick to any surfaces (then the shell comes off). 

Repeat for the second side.
When all of the dots are coated, use the brush to wipe away any excess glitter.

You can rest/display the eggs on little bottle caps or a ceramic or glass dish (if they go back in the carton they'll stick to the cardboard/Styrofoam!) 

*** A few words about using glue dots:
Don't peel the glue dot off the paper backing with your fingers!

Instead, cut a small section from the roll (with 4 glue dots maximum) and press the paper with the glue dot onto the egg and peel away the paper. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Sooo much easier than peeling the dots off and getting them stuck to your fingers.

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