I’d like to welcome Guest Blogger Kyla Scherer from Foxy Baby Designs! Kyla is sharing some unique Easter Egg Dyeing techniques. After the egg dyeing, check out some Easter events in Saratoga including bunny’s and egg hunts, and Saratoga Easter Brunch ideas!
There are many egg decorating techniques practiced across the world; etching, carving, Faberge, jeweled, and more. But, I have a 1 and 3 year old, so there will be no etching or bedazzling of eggs. Regardless of the age of my children, egg dyeing is fun. A few days ago we set out to create some festive eggs. Here’s what we did, and hopefully it will inspire your creations as well.
First, we attempted something new and made chalkboard eggs. We did not make these with real eggs, we chose plastic eggs. Wooden eggs would work fabulously, but my children are fans of hurling things at each other, so we stuck with plastic this year.
- Plastic or wooden eggs available locally at craft stores – we found some at Micheal’s in Clifton Park.
- Chalkboard spray paint – available locally at most craft and hardware stores. It comes in black and green. We are fans of the black
We chose to glue the eggs together first using a Q-tip and Elmers glue. We put all the eggs outside on some newspaper and spray painted them with the chalkboard paint. We ended up using two coats on each side for the best coverage. Once the eggs were dry we doodled away using our massive collection of colored chalks. If you don’t have chalk, check out the kids crafts section of any local craft store or some of the big box stores like Target.
Chalkboard Eggs would be a fun way to do place cards for an Easter brunch or dinner.
Next we attempted to tie dye our eggs. This turned out to be my favorite technique and I plan to do it again in future egg decorating sessions.
- Hard boiled eggs
- Egg dyeing kit of your choice
- Olive oil
Once again prepare your dyes according to the instructions on the package. Once you try this technique your dyes will have oil in them. So, I used a second box of dyes for this technique, but you could also just set aside some of your dye to try this.
Once you’ve prepared your dye, slowly pour a small amount of olive oil into the dye. I poured until I could see 3-4 bubbles of oil form in the dye. It probably totaled 1-2 tablespoons of oil. You don’t need to mix or stir the oil in, just leave it as is.
Dip your egg into the dye of your choice, turning and dyeing as you normally would. The oil prevents the dye from adhering to all sides of the egg, leaving you with some white sections. Remove the egg from the dye and allow it to dry. Wipe the oil off and place the egg in the next color of your choice.
The oil will create a unique dye pattern on your egg leaving a tie dyed or marbleized effect on your egg. Get creative with the number of colors and the combinations. You can also completely dye the egg in one of you oil free dyes, and then marbleize a color on top.
I also really enjoyed this stencil technique and plan on trying this again. I think children slightly older them mine could really get creative with this, and have fun experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.
- Hard boiled eggs
- Your favorite egg dyeing kit
- Pantyhose – you will be cutting these up, so don’t get mom’s best pair.
- Stencils – we collected some small leaves from our lilac bush. A combination of small leaves and flowers would be fun.
Prepare your dyes according to the box. Once your eggs have cooled, you can get started. Lay a leaf, flower, or a combination of all your stencils on the egg.
I moistened mine slightly to get them to stick better. Then wrap the egg in small section of the pantyhose. I believe the squares I used were 4×4”. Wrap the egg completely, being sure to keep your stencil flat and in position. Tie off the pantyhose with a rubber band. Be sure the pantyhose are good and tight around the egg to keep the stencil in place.
Place the egg in the dye or dyes of your choice. Once you have dyed the egg to your liking, remove the egg and allow it to dry. Keep the pantyhose on the egg until it’s had the chance to dry. Once dried cut the pantyhose by the rubber band, and remove it from the egg.
You should be left with a nice white print of your stencil. You may also get the bonus of a textured print in your dye from the pantyhose.
Crayon + Egg Dye = Fun
Probably one of the most simple techniques is using a white crayon. Before dyeing, write on the eggs any shape, lettering, or design you like. Then place the eggs in the dye of your choice. Remember, the longer you leave an egg in a color the brighter the color will turn out. With my 1 and 3 year old, we did alphabet eggs to practice letters in a fun, new way.
I hope you’ll share some of the egg dyeing that you did with your children. We enjoyed ours so much, we are going to dye eggs once more before Easter.
~Kyla Scherer – Owner and designer at Foxy Baby Designs.
Living in Malta, NY with her red-heads, two daughters and a husband. Find her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FoxyBabyDesigns to keep up with her mishaps and happenings.