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Friday, 14 April 2017

How to Make Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

Make your own eggs-ceptional decorations!

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Are you looking for a fun Easter activity to do with the kids over the weekend? Tie-dyed Easter eggs are super easy to make and the result is a spectacular work of art! Follow along with our tutorial and make your very own Tie-Dyed Eggs for Easter.

What you'll need
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Food colouring
  • Paper towels (kitchen roll)
  • Diluted white vinegar
  • Paper plates

A few words of warning

  • Tie-dyed eggs are not for consumption. The eggs make lovely decorations and can be used in treasure hunts, but will go bad inside so do not eat them!
  • As you're working with food colouring, be sure to cover clothes and surfaces that you don't want to get accidently stained. You should also wear plastic gloves.
  • As this tutorial uses kitchen items and requires some care, especially with handling the dyes, children must not undertake this tutorial alone - a responsible adult must supervise them and undertake the tricky or hazardous parts themselves.

How to make your tie-dye eggs

1. Lay a paper towel flat on the paper plate and dampen it with the diluted white vinegar.

2. Add sprinklings of food colouring to the wet paper towel. Watch as the colours run into each other in wonderful tie-dye starbursts! We recommend starting off conservatively with the food colouring, to get a feel for how much you need to sprinkle.

3. Wrap the hardboiled egg tightly in the damp, dyed paper towel, making sure that every part of the egg surface is touching the towel. This is how the colours are transferred to the egg.

4. Leave the egg wrapped up in the towel for anywhere between 5 minutes to 2 hours. The longer you leave it, the more spectacular the colours!

5. Remove the egg from the towel and marvel at the wonderful work of art you've created! After removing it from the paper towel, you may need to dry it off with a hair dryer (on a cool setting) before handling it.

Now you can make as many tie-dye eggs as you'd like and decorate your house! Or why not make a whole bunch and have an Easter Egg Hunt? Have fun and happy Easter!

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