Crafting with Easter Egg Dye!

Hi friends!  I bought this Easter egg dying kit a month ago with the best intentions of dying eggs with my kids but between the school play and their busy schedules we never got around to it. I knew if I saved the kit until next year I’d forget where I put it so I thought I would mix up the dyes and color some craft materials. My girls loved these bookmarks and they will last longer than an egg for sure.

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I liked the soft colors I was able to get on the ribbons. They have a vintage vibe too because of the crinkled seam binding and vintage art supply stamps. Watch the video to see how fun it is to work with egg dye! I bet you can pick up some of these kits on clearance right now too!

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Directions:
1. Dissolve dye tablets in water.

2. Stamp images on manilla tags with waterproof ink and color with clear crayon if desired.

3. Dip tags and seam binding in dyes. Let dry.

4. Re-dip tags if a darker color is desired.

Tips:
1. Use less water or leave materials in the dye longer for stronger color.
2. Do not add vinegar as you would for eggs because the acid could damage paper over time.
3. Keep leftover dyes in spray bottles if desired for other craft projects that won’t need to be washed.

This project came out much nicer than I expected and I am glad I have some dyed and crinkled seam binding leftover for other projects. I just love the soft vintage feeling it gives a project especially in the pastel colors. I also love that you can get a 100 yard roll of white for about $12 and make tons of colors to suit your needs. When it doubt buy white as you can always alter it! Thanks for spending some of you day with me today and til next time happy crafting!

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Frugal Fun With Easter Egg Dye!

Yesterday morning (as we were waiting for the school bus) my kids asked if we could dye eggs afterschool. “Sure!” I said. I boiled the eggs that morning so I wouldn’t forget and then and idea hit me as I was staring at the $1 store egg coloring kit I bought…hmmm, I thought, I wonder If I could used this to make some perfectly matching scrapbook paper and embellishments for my egg-dying photos? Well, I had to try it. How did I do?

 

I think it worked marvellously! And I’m gonna tell you what I did! First you need to gather your supplies: An egg dying kit (I bought this one with the 5 baskets for $1 at the Dollar Tree, I am saving the bowls for next year or until the next crafty dye project strikes!), White cardstock, paintbrushes, a ceramic plate (to mix colors on) and a colorless blender colored pencil (I use prismacolor but you can use a white crayon or white colored pencil of another brand if you don’t have a PC one) and a digital image printed on white cardstock (I used the eggs and chick from my Cute Easter digistamp set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff)

 

To prevent the ink from smudging when I painted the digistamp image I traced over the lines with a clear colored pencil (yep, just like we used to use white crayons on our eggs before we dyed them-it’s called a resist.) To mix the dye place one tablet in each bowl and add 1/4 cup of water, it will be stronger than the solution you use to dye the eggs but you can add more water later.

 

Use a round brush to paint in your design. I made a swatch of colors on the corner of my image to test them…I really like these colors and I’m thinking SPRAY INK! But that will have to wait until after Easter and I grab some more of these on clearance LOL! You can mix the colors on the plate if you want a different color.

 

Now this will match your photos perfectly!

 

While we are at it let’s make some paper! Use a wide brush to paint a rainbow stripe on the paper then splatter on some color for good measure.

In case you are wondering I am working on my kitchen table. I cut a large world map to fit my table-top then went to Jo-Ann and bought some clear vinyl to go over it so clean up is a breeze! (And my kids will always know where Zimbabwe is LOL!)

 

After you are done painting you can prepare the dye for egg-dying by adding a tablespoon of vinegar and 1/4 cup of water to each bucket…now you can let the kids have some fun 😀

After the kids were done dying eggs I laid out large sheets of paper and let them paint with the leftover dye, they had a blast! And best of all no waste!

Happy Easter and til next time happy crafting!

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