A New Way to Dye Eggs

24 04 2011

There are many different ways to dye eggs. One new way to dye your eggs this Easter holiday or for the spring is with crayons!

All you will need are white eggs, tongs, crayons and an empty egg carton. First, you must hard-boil the white eggs. After the eggs are finished boiling, remove them from the pot with the tongs. Dry them off and let them rest in the empty egg carton.

While they are still a little warm, color the eggs with the tips of crayon. To make it easier, remove the paper from the the crayons and color the eggs with the sides of the crayon.

In order to create a speckled effect like the purple egg in the picture, grate the crayon and sprinkle them crayon shavings on top.

These waxy eggs are very slippery, so be careful not to drop them as you are turning them around!

Once you have finished coloring them, let the eggs dry for about an hour.

What is your favorite way to decorate eggs? Be sure to let us know!




4 responses

29 04 2011

I’ve used crayons on eggs before but not like this! When I was little, we would use white crayons to write on eggs before dying them. The waxy crayons repelled the dye so the parts we wrote on did not become colored.

The process reminds me of Ukrainian easter eggs, called pysanky. My aunt is of Ukrainian descent and she has made many eggs with intricate designs. They are so beautiful and take a very long time to make!

9 05 2011

I like to make string easter eggs. You take a balloon and blow it up…about egg size. Then take string, run it through watered-down glue, and wrap it around the balloon. You keep doing this until you feel you’ve wrapped it enough to keep the shape (I leave lots of spaces). Set it aside on wax paper, let it dry, pop the balloon, take the balloon scraps out, and you have a string easter egg!

11 05 2011

That sounds great, Jenn! We’ve seen fancy (expensive!) lights made using a similar technique. There’s a great tutorial on how to make your own over at Instructables. It looks a little messy, but the results are great: http://www.instructables.com/id/String-Pendant-Lamp/

14 05 2011

I forgot about that! I think water balloons would work swimmingly!

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