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Heidi Shaffer, Published April 05 2012

5 Things Friday: 5 eggs-elent dyeing tips

As a kid, Easter egg dyeing consisted of plunking a couple dozen hard-boiled orbs into four different colors.

It was fun, but often led to a dull dozen.

Here are some tips to spice up your plain-ol’ eggs using items you probably have sitting around the house to create unique designs and graphics.

1. Electrical tape: This water-resistant, multiuse tape is perfect for creating graphic shapes and strips on your eggs.

Cut squares to create diamond patterns or strips to make strips on eggs. Dip in dye and let dry. Remove shapes and reapply in an overlapping pattern. Dunk the egg into a second hue to get a tri-colored design.

2. Paper-hole protectors: Stick circles in a desired pattern on the eggs. Submerge in dye; then set aside to dry. Remove the stickers to reveal a white-on-bright color.

3. Rubber bands: Wrap a rubber band (or two or three) around the egg. Dip and let set in the color for a minute or two. Once dry, remove the rubber band to reveal criss-cross stripes. Dip again to create a multi-tone version.

4. Stickers: Snazz up your already colored eggs with a few stickers. Or stick on letters or fun shapes before dipping and peel after dry for cool silhouettes.

5. Dip dyeing: Ombre is a big trend this spring. Create the shaded effect by dunking a full egg in the color. Let it dry. Add some more color to the cup to make it extra concentrated and dip the same egg again. Repeat as many times as you want.

EXTRA TIP

Want to make hard-boiled eggs but unhappy with the way they turn out? Try baking them.

Place one egg in each hole of a muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Submerge eggs in ice water for five minutes or until cooled. Carefully dry them with a towel, and you’re ready to decorate.


Readers can reach SheSays editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511