Last minute Easter DIY

Last minute Easter DIY
March 27, 2016 Milenq

What to do:

  • Boil the eggs hard. If you’re not planning on eating them afterwards, boil them even harder. ūüėČ
  • 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!

‚úó Milenka

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?) ūüėČ
  • Food dye (I purchased mine at the asian¬†supermarket)
  • Stickers
  • 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.
  • Towels
  • Scissors