Dyeing Easter eggs is fun and entertaining, it challenges your creativity, and it is an excellent way to spend time with your kids.
The tradition of dyeing eggs is important in any household. Parents gather with their children and dedicate some time to dye eggs using different colors, techniques and objects. No two eggs are alike. This is also a great opportunity not only to spend time with your kids, but to keep the Easter tradition alive. So go purchase some eggs, colorful dyes, masking tape, rubber bands, circle stickers, and herbs such as parsley and cilantro and use one or several of the following techniques:
Rubber Band Easter Eggs
Place egg in very lightest dye (let’s say pale pink) for just a touch of color. Let them dry and wrap several rubber bands around the egg, but leave plenty of pale pink spaces in between. Dye in medium color dye (such as hot pink, or magenta). Let them dry one more time. Remove rubber bands. Dry again. Wrap several rubber bands around egg, but not where the magenta is. Again, leave some pale pink stripes. Place in darker dye, like red or purple. Let them dry. Remove rubber bands and you’ll have the most colorful Easter eggs you’d ever seen!
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Fern Adorned Easter Eggs
All you need is a pantyhose, some dyes packets, and different kinds of leaves. Grab the pantyhose and cut about 6 inches from the toe. Tuck an egg (previously boiled) and one of the leaves into the pantyhose segment. The leaves have to be nicely fanned out. You can use cilantro, parsley, bamboo, geranium, or Japanese maple leaves. Twist the open end of the nylon and tie off the end. Use the dye packet and follow its instructions. After 2-5 minutes, take the eggs out of the liquid; let them dry, and voilà!
This site tells you the step-by-step process: http://mamastaverna.com/how-to-dye-easter-eggs/
Tape Easter Eggs
Cut ¼ inch strips of masking tape and wrap the egg with them leaving equal distances. Make sure to press the tape down so it sticks to the egg. To make the dyes, put boiled water in water glasses. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and one of your favorite food colorings to one glass. Repeat the process with the second glass using a contrasting food coloring. Place the eggs with tape in the first dye. Take the egg out of the dye and let it dry. Do not remove the tape from the egg. Then add horizontal strips of tape to the egg and place them on the other dye.
Here’s a very useful blog to learn how to dye eggs with tape: http://amadorpuppy.blogspot.com/2011/04/creative-dyed-easter-eggs.html
Polka Dot Sticker Easter Eggs
All you need is boiled eggs, a dye kit, and stickers. Add circle stickers to the eggs and press them firmly. Use the dye kit and follow the packet instructions. Add the eggs to the dye and when they are ready, pull them out and let them dry. Peel off the stickers. You will have really cute polka dot Easter eggs without spending much time dying them!
This blog explains you this technique more in-depth: http://lilluna.com/polka-dot-easter-eggs/