Dyeing Easter Eggs
Spring is here and soon the Easter egg hunt will begin. Even if you don't have kids, decorated eggs can be a cute addition to spring table scape. Learn how to use up your extra dye by making cute egg designs.
You can use Tintex to dye Easter eggs for decoration. Tintex is not food grade so eggs are not suitable for eating. Always supervise small children.
- Eggs that have been blown out(optional)
- Faux or decorative eggs made of a dyeable material like paper, nylon or Styrofoam (found in craft stores)
- Tintex dye of your choice
- Wax paper or protective cover for eggs to dry
- Dyeing containers (large enough to hold 3 cups (750ml) of water
- Optional: paintbrush or sponge brush
- Optional: painters tape or scotch tape
- Optional: Elastic bands or string
- Protect workstation with plastic to prevent staining; wear rubber or plastic gloves to protect skin.
- Prepare dye solution. Thoroughly dissolve Tintex powder with 2 cups (500ml) of hot water (avoid breathing dust, use with adequate ventilation).
- Prepare egg with tape, stickers, elastic bands that will be removed after dyeing for a negative-space effect (that will allow the base egg colour show through).
- Place egg on a tablespoon and dip it into the prepared dye bath (either fully submerge or partially dip).
- Keep the egg submerged for approximately 30 seconds or longer for darker or more vibrant results.
- Remove egg, place gently on a plate with raised rims covered with wax paper or plastic.
- Clean work area up as usual to avoid stains.
- Allow egg to dry for 1 hour; remove stickers, tape or elastic bands when dye is completely dry.
- Place gently into an Easter themed basket, bowels or glass vases for display; eggs dyed with Tintex are not suitable for eating.