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Tie Dye is one of those kid friendly trends that never seems go out of style. It’s a fun activity to do as a family, and kids will love all the bright colors mixed together. Every year one of our Family Easter Traditions is to change up our egg dying method. This year I decided to try an easy trick and make Tie Dye Easter Eggs. My method is so simple and quick, the kids can do it too! All you need to do is add one extra ingredient to your Egg Dye. No extra steps and no big mess!
To make Tie Dye Easter Eggs, I used Paas Egg Decorating Kit because its tradition (and because it is easy!) You will also need white vinegar and water, but I don’t follow the directions on the box. My technique is different because you also need to use the secret ingredient OIL! Since oil, vinegar, and water don’t mix this is how you achieve that Tie Dye look. I used canola oil but I’m sure other liquid oils would work too.
First add one tablet to each container. I like to use clear 9 oz plastic cups for egg dyeing because the cleanup is quick, but small glasses or jars would also work.
Next, pour 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar into each cup and watch the tablets fizz. My boys love to guess what color each tablet will turn into after the vinegar is added. It is kind of hard to tell because several of them look similar in tablet form.
After the tablet has completely dissolved and stoped fizzing. Then add 2 tablespoons of oil to each cup and two tablespoons of room temperature water to each cup. You can stir but obviously the dye will be separated.
Now for the fun! Start Dyeing your eggs!
I tried several different techniques with my separated dye before I found the best way. Before adding the egg, I like to stir the mixture making it look like bubbles in the cup. The part of the egg that touches the oil will have the Tie Dye effect. So in order to prevent the bottom half of the egg from looking solid, you need to keep the egg moving in the cup. I used the wire tool inside the Paas Kit to stir the liquid while the egg was inside. I used hard boiled eggs which sink, but blow out eggs would be easier since they float:)
After you have dyed an egg one color and let it dry slightly, then add it to a different color. I found that adding the lighter colored eggs to a darker dye resulted in a better Tie Dye effect, then when adding a dark egg to the light dye. Don’t forget that you still need to continuously stir the egg so that it won’t look solid.
Isn’t it neat how adding oil makes the egg have a whole new look! Paas Egg Dyeing Kits are an Easter tradition but this is a simple way to add a twist to your eggs.
This Easter add some oil to your egg dye and show the kids how to make fun, easy Tie Dye Easter Eggs! Let me know how your eggs turned out!