Decorating Easter eggs in Slovenia is a lovely way to keep up a long-lasting tradition of the Slovenes. Many other European countries also decorate their eggs in a similar style. The tradition of dyeing eggs is a lovely activity to engage in and the eggs look beautiful when they’re finished, definitely Instagram worthy!
You can decorate your eggs in various ways, this is a time to embrace your artistic side!
Apparently, in Slovenia it’s customary to changing your old wardrobe for new on Easter Monday. Oh dear… I hardly think I need any encouragement on that front…
Here’s my step by step guide on how to make them.
What you’ll need:
1. Boil the eggs. To get different patterns, I covered a few eggs in leftover mesh from a bag of oranges and tied it together with string. You can also use plant leaves for a unique print.
2. While you’re waiting for the eggs to boil, you can prepare the food colouring sachets. I picked these sachets up in Slovenia but you can also buy them online. Empty the contents into a small glass and add a few tablespoons of hot water. Stir well until the powder has dissolved. Use a separate glass for different colours.
3. Once the eggs have boiled, pat each one dry with a sheet of kitchen roll and place them, one at a time into the food colouring (while wearing your gloves!). Use a teaspoon to help distribute the colour evenly. Leave for a few minutes and repeat with the rest of the eggs.
4. As well as using ordinary food colouring sachets, I also purchased marble dye effect and metallic colour kits.
5. If you’re using a marble dye effect kit, instead of using the food colouring as in step 2, you simply put 10-15 drops of your desired colour into the palm of your hand after soaking the vial in warm water (now you can see why gloves are essential!) and roll the egg around, making sure it takes the colour. Once that’s dry, take a small sponge (provided with the kit) and dab another colour on top. Let your inner Picasso run free!
6. For the metallic effect kit, I followed the same technique as in step 5, which was super fun to try! The kit comes with silver foil, which you rub over the egg once the colour is dry.
7. Decorate the eggs with stickers. You can use ordinary stickers but here I’ve used special Easter stickers from Slovenia. With these, you have to soak them in a bowl of warm water to allow the sticker to peel off.
8. Taking great care, gently slide the stickers onto each egg.
9. Pat dry and apply a little butter or margarine to make them glossy. Viola! you’re done!
Will you be decorating any Easter eggs this year?