What to do:
- Boil the eggs hard. If you’re not planning on eating them afterwards, boil them even harder. 😉
- Make sure the eggs are completely dry before applying the masking.
These are the masking techniques I tried today:
- Wrap masking tape around the egg for stripes; rub the tape at the edges with your fingernail for a good seal, so dye can’t seep underneath.
- Apply stickers on the egg for shapes; again, rub the stickers at the edges firmly.
- Twist a handful of rubber bands around an egg for an easy tie-dye look. Make sure your rubber bands are snug around your egg before attempting this masking technique.
- For a softer tie-dye effect you can wrap twine around the egg instead of rubber bands.
The actual dyeing is next!
- Boil water and pour it in the cup.
- Add some vinegar to avoid the eggs from cracking.
- Add the food dye dropwise until you reached the desired colour. Be careful here, my bottle slipped which made I had not enough control in the colour density.
- Mix all ingredients.
- Lower your egg in with the spoon.
- Wait till the egg has the right colour and lift it out again.
- Blot with a (paper) towel.
- Let dry 10 minutes then remove the maskings. Don’t squeeze to hard while removing the stickers, the egg might break…
All done! If you want to challenge yourself to make a more creative design you can add a second colour like I did. Simply add more tape or remove the first masks and create a second pattern. Then repeat the dyeing steps. Just experiment and most of all enjoy!
I realize that in most of the world Easter almost has elapsed. But since I had so much fun dyeing eggs this afternoon I decided to share this DIY with you anyway. Besides, who said it’s not allowed to dye eggs throughout the year?
This is my first Sturbit DIY project and I’m planning to make a lot more, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I like to create it! About today, I think it’s at least twentysomething years ago I’ve dyed an egg for the last time and honestly I slightly underestimated this project. I had a vision of creating clean graphic patterns with beautifully overflowing transparencies. Well, that din’t happen! For that result I need more practice, patience and precision. What I did gain from this project was a relaxing crafternoon, a story to tell and two nice tie-dye eggs which I didn’t plan to make initially. Can’t wait to give it a new try, will you join me?
The technique of choice today was (mostly) masking. Masking means making a barrier on the egg so the dye can’t get through. Today I’ve done this with tape, stickers, twine and rubber bands. When you remove them, you’ll reveal the design. There are lots of ways to vary this technique to create original eggs.
What do you need:
- Eggs (no, really?) 😉
- Food dye (I purchased mine at the asian supermarket)
- Masking tape
- Twine or yarn
- Rubber bands
- Vinegar to avoid the eggs from cracking
- Boiled water
- Cup large enough to make sure the whole egg is covered
- Spoon for stirring the dye and dipping and lifting the eggs.