Day of the Dead Eggs October 17, 2014
I love Halloween. I love dressing up. I love decorating. And I love making fun Halloween treats. This year, I decided to make some Day of the Dead Eggs.
Yes, I know! Day of the Dead is NOT the same as Halloween, of course. The Day of the Dead is observed chiefly on November 1st and 2nd, and is a celebration and remembrance of the lives of departed loved ones. However, because the holidays fall at the same time, some of the traditions are melding, to a certain extent. For instance, in some areas children will dress up in costume and knock on doors for treats, or calaveritas. So, please forgive my license! I think Day of the Dead Eggs are nice for either tradition. Personally, I’ll be eating freshly made Day of The Dead Eggs for breakfast the day after Halloween, but I wanted to share this with you now, in plenty of time for you to create your own Day of the Dead Eggs!
A traditional Day of the Dead decoration is the skull—often made in sugar. My version is painted on a hard-boiled egg: Day of the Dead Eggs. For my Day of the Dead Eggs, I used a white-shelled egg, but you could use any color. I loved the starkness of the black and white.
Directions for Day of the Dead Eggs
Hard cook your eggs. We’ve discussed the best way to cook hard boiled eggs before. When the eggs are cool and dry, you can decorate them.
Special note: Don’t use raw eggs. Would it be the end of the world? No. But you really don’t want the Day of the Dead Eggs breaking in your hand as you try to decorate them! Plus, the hot water you use to cook helps to wash off the bloom on your fresh eggs. If you use your own backyard eggs, the bloom the helps keep your eggs fresh could interfere with how the “ink” goes on.
I start out with a light pencil sketch on the shell, to plan and space out my design. You can get inspiration with a simple Google Image search. Keep the pencil light; if you make a mistake, you can use your eraser to remove it. You do need a little artistic ability, but it’s surprising how easy it is to make a fun design. Go wild!
When your design is planned out–decorate!
The EASIEST tool to use for decorating your Day of the Dead Eggs, I’m afraid, is to buy food color markers. You don’t want to use regular markers: eggs shells are porous and the inks aren’t safe. They’ll seep through the shell and contaminate your egg. So, be sure to use food color markers. A bonus here is that if you’re a DIY-er—and let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be making Day of the Dead Eggs of you weren’t, right?—then you have the markers for a ton of other fun things. (They’re great for making detailed decorations on fondant, for example).
If you don’t want to buy something special to make your eggs, you can use the dyes you have on hand by making a paint with the dye and some corn starch. However, you will have to work carefully to make sure you don’t smear the paint or knock it off as you work. You do have to be careful, even with the food color markers, but much less so, in my experience.It’s so much easier that to me, it’s totally worth buying the markers. They last a long time when stored properly.
I used black ink, just because it’s what I had on hand, and the colors of autumn come from pumpkins and fallen leaves— but you can use all sorts of lovely colors for your Day of the Dead Eggs!