Pysanky eggs (pronounced peh-SAN-keh) are intricately decorated Easter eggs originally made in Ukraine. The folk patterns employed symbols and colors which gave special meaning to each design. Pysanky eggs were traditionally only made for Easter and thought to bring good luck and protection all the year through.
This egg-decorating activity provides the ideal setting for discussions about the power of symbols, and how culture and time can change the meaning of symbols. Don't let the calendar limit this craft. With a little creativity you can design Pysanky eggs for all seasons and holidays.
What You Need:
- Eggs – not boiled, at room temperature
- Pin or paper clip
- Egg cartons
- Short candle
- Powdered dyes from an art store or from pysanky kits, or you may use Easter egg dye kits (you can make these from food coloring – follow the recipe on the box)
- Cotton swabs
- Kistka tool: take a pencil with an eraser and push a small nail into the eraser – this will make a tool to draw the wax onto your egg