Please forgive my blog layout for the next couple of days. I'm working from my phone in Arizona. Psh who needs a laptop?..... me. That's who.
Thought with Easter right around the corner it would be appropriate to post some photos of some Egg dyeing crafting that I did with my good friend Sarah recently. On a side note, Sarah Lillos is someone who you will likely see pretty often on my blog. I cannot say enough words about her immense talent and artistic ability. She's an interior designer (click to view the blog of the company she works with) with an unbelievable eye for quality and detail in everything she does. Plus she's funny and a wonderful friend. Sarah and I are two peas in a pod when it comes to crafting, shopping and baking, so naturally she was a perfect person to try this out with.
I'm aware that if you ever did this as a kid most of these instructions are unnecessary. That being said, I always like a refresher/tips & tricks when I haven't done something in awhile.
You will need: large white eggs, push pins, children's ear syringe, sewing needle, spoons, water, white vinegar, plastic cups, food colouring, paper towel, acrylic paint, crayons, painter's tape, vegetable oil.
EggPiercing: We pierced holes in the tops and bottoms of the eggs by tapping gently on the top of a push pin with the back of a spoon. Make sure the hole on the bottom is a little larger to let the yolk out. Use the sewing needle to poke around inside of the egg and pierce the yolk.
EggBlowing: We found out, after much uncomfortable, unattractive use of our lungs that there is an easier way to do this. If you pick up a children's ear syringe at your drug store all you need to do is place the opening over the top hole in your egg and expel the air. So easy! and this way you keep from getting raw egg near your mouth. It was funny to try the old fashioned way though!
EggDyeing: Put some water into a plastic cup and add some vinegar and food colouring. The acid in the vinegar makes the eggs porous to help absorb the dye. We added around 2tbsp per cup but you can try what you want. I recommend starting with only a few drops of food colouring and darkening as you go on. This is an easy way to get an ombre effect on the eggs. We found that attaching a small piece of tape to help hold the egg while you are dipping it makes it easier to maneuver. Hold your egg in the dye until you achieve the desired colour. You can also create ombre by removing the egg very slowly. Pull the egg out and give it a wipe with a paper towel and then let it dry.
Extras: We picked up acrylic paint at the dollar store and mixed it with a bit of water to allow for paint dipping over the dyed eggs. It's a little bit trickier and time consuming to dry, but can be really pretty. Using wax on the eggs before you dip them in the dye will keep the dye from adhering wherever the wax is. This can be used to create interesting patterns. You can drip some oil into the dye cup before you dip your eggs and this will create a marbled look-great for galaxy patterns etc,
Try different things! This craft is for nothing more than just having some fun and creating some table toppers for the holiday.
Happy Easter everyone!