Projects: I Could Dye

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The weekend is upon us! Pastel foils, cross-weave baskets and peeps diorama contests can only mean one thing...EASTER! I absolutely love this time of year and with Easter this Sunday, I thought I would share a fun DIY egg dye project to add a dozen pops of color to your decor, outdoor space, or office desk. It has been several YEARS since I last dyed eggs and to get back on the 'ol bike, I used 3 techniques to color the eggs: 1) dye 2) marbleize and 3) paint. The project took about 1.5 hours when all was said and done. The key with this project is to feel freedom to go freeform and have lots of paper towels handy - it can get messy.

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Place a dozen eggs in a medium pot with cold water and bring to a boil. Also bring a kettle of water to a boil at the same time. Once the eggs are boiled, remove from heat and let them rest for 10 minutes. Place ice water or cold water in a bowl and move the eggs into the bowl to cool. While the eggs are cooling, prepare your dye jars or bowls. Have one jar or bowl handy for each color of dye. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to each jar. Double the amount of dye instructed on the dye packaging. Add 1 cup of hot water from the kettle to the jars and stir.

Now you are ready to dye your eggs. Spoon an egg into the dye jar carefully and leave in the jar for a minute. The longer you leave the egg in the jar, the darker the dye. Spoon out the egg and let dry. I lined two silicone muffin pans with paper towels and let the eggs dry there so they wouldn't roll away or bleed through the paper towel. Once all the eggs are dyed, move the jars aside and prepare your marbleized mixture.

Use a flattened bowl or sturdy paper plates. Prepare a darker dye mixture using the same technique above but add more drops of dye to darken the color. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and use a fork to swirl the mixture. Take your egg and swirl, spin, and dip. Pat the egg dry with paper towels and place them back on your drying rack. At this point, I found that the eggs have an oily sheen to them so I quickly dipped them in water and patted them dry before painting.

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I experimented with metallic gold paint, a sharpie and a calligraphy pen. You can do anything you like during this stage. Draw designs, paint patterns or write quotes on the eggs.

While these eggies were drying, I took the original carton, cut the top lid off and added moss to nest the finished eggs. And let's be honest, I cracked two eggs in the process. One was beyond repair so my husband ate it. And the other, the dye dried darker in the cracks and I painted over it in gold so it has this cool fractured look to it.

Did you like this project or have another technique to offer? Comment below if you'd be so kind or share this DIY project with a friend. Happy egg hunting and Happy Easter everyone!!!

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Posted on April 18, 2014 and filed under Projects.