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5. Or host an egg-decorating party. You can throw an egg-decorating party one or two weeks before Easter with no thoughts of spoilage if your children decorate "blown" eggs. To blow eggs, pierce the fat end of a raw egg with a large needle (such as a quilting needle). Wiggle the needle to create a slightly larger hole. Pierce a hole in the opposite end of the egg. Insert the needle to break up the yolk, and use a baby's nose aspirator to "blow" the contents of the egg into a bowl. When the egg is empty, rinse with water and pour out before dyeing. Decorate blown eggs by the dozen with intense dyes made with paste food coloring (1/8 teaspoon paste food coloring, 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar and 1 cup boiling water) instead of the little colored tablets available at Easter. Festoon dyed eggs with fun stickers, glitter, ribbons, beads and feathers, attached with non-toxic craft glue. These eggs can be saved and cherished for years; store in cardboard egg cartons to protect them.
6. Make a surprise Easter gift: Children love giving gifts, and surprise gifts are the best. Secret Message Easter Eggs are easy, different and lots of fun for children and adults alike. Start with one blown egg and brush with a thin coating of craft glue. Sprinkle with clear, silver, gold or colored glitter and allow the egg to dry. Cut out a 2-inch-by-2-inch square of airmail or tracing paper. Write a small fortune, note, poem or promise to perform a certain task or chore on the paper and roll up tightly. Slip into the larger hole at the bottom of the egg. Cover the hole with a sparkly sequin, sticker or bead. The recipient cracks the egg to discover the message. Can't bear to crack your creation? When you insert the message, leave a little bit of it exposed so it can be pulled out without destroying the egg.