Today we will go into more ways to decorate those wonderful Easter eggs!
This would be a BIG hit at a nursing home. Check with them first!
What about a local shelter for abused women? Many have children.
Better yet, take all the supplies to the shelter and dye the eggs with the kids!
A maternity shelter would also be perfect for this.
The process is simple.
You need many different cups of dye solution.
Hard boil your eggs.
Place egg in very lightest dye (let's say pale pink) for just a touch of color.
Dry. Wrap several rubber bands around the egg, but leave plenty of pale pink spaces in between.
Dye in medium color dye (such as hot pink, or magenta).
Dry. Remove rubberbands. Dry again.
Wrap several rubber bands around egg, but not where the magenta is. Again, leave some pale pink stripes.
Place in darker dye, like red or purple.
Dry. Remove rubberbands, and you should have a beautiful tri-colored egg!
Answers to some questions/comments:
Yes, you are right. I think instead of rubber bands, at least on the very ends of the hard boiled egg, thin painter's tape was used. Be sure to rub the edges down well after placing, so the dye doesn't get under it.
Wait 20 mins. after dying, and then remove the tape (at least that is what I have been told to do!)
As for colors, try doing some science/art experiments and really get those colors saturated. What if you added 2 dye tablets to 1 dipping cup?
Also, the longer you leave an egg in the dye, the darker it will get.
I have seen some different dying methods/colors in the last couple of years. Try looking around at some different stores and see if you can't come up with a few different methods to try!
Remember however.....ALWAYS ALWAYS dye the lightest colors FIRST!!!
- thanks for your comments and questions!
inkspired March, 2012
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Yep, those are cardboard type egg cartons!