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Dyeing eggs for Easter

Dyeing eggs for Easter

I know my children don’t have a clue about Easter but that hasn’t stopped us enjoying some Easter crafting. Yesterday we tried our hands at decorating and dyeing hard boiled eggs. This was actually quite quick so the children were able to follow the whole process. I thought I’d share it here as my two really enjoyed it.

Dyeing eggs for Easter

You will need:
Scotch Magic Tape
food colouring

{STEM activity} Dyeing eggs for Easter

First hard boil the eggs. I boiled them for 10 minutes then placed them in a sieve and ran cold water over them for a minute before leaving them in a bowl of cold water for another 10 minutes.

When they are cool you can start to decorate them. My 4 year old loves to practise his cutting so I gave him small pieces of Scotch Magic Tape which he cut into triangles and different shapes and placed on the egg.

decorating Easter eggs 4

We then placed each egg into a tall glass of cold water mixed with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a generous portion of food colouring.

decorating Easter eggs

After an hour we took the eggs from the water and removed the Scotch Magic Tape to reveal our designs.

decorating Easter eggs

Scotch Magic Tape is great for crafting with children as it doesn’t stick to itself and is instantly reposition-able, so if you make a mistake it’s quick and easy to fix!

If you try this yourself my top tip is make sure you squeeze out any air bubbles under the tape otherwise the dye will leak through and spoil your design.

We were sent the samples of Scotch Magic Tape for some Easter crafting 🙂

You may be interested in some of our other egg experiments:

Dyeing eggs for Easter with food colouring

Sink or float egg experiment

Egg in vinegar experiment for kids


  • Reply
    Sarah Ebner
    April 16, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I think these are great – what a lovely and fun family holiday activity. Results are good too!

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    Shell Louise
    April 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    That’s a great idea, I never thought of using tape to make the patterns 🙂

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    Helen Dickinson
    April 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Great Easter Idea. I am a huge fan of the scotch tape, it is brill for wrapping up presents also!

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    Charly Dove
    April 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea. It always makes me laugh when I hear about dying eggs as I had a craft book once that suggested painting them then covering them with tissue paper – what a kerfuffle! Much easier to dye. This is great, thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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    Jen aka The Mad House
    April 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I love the effect that this makes. Really cool

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    Kate Thompson
    April 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Those are really good! We are getting the hang of blowing eggs. I also love the shrink wraps Lakeland are selling for hard boiled eggs 🙂

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    April 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    That’s such a great idea – I never would have thought of doing this x

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    April 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    This looks like a great Easter craft! My children would really enjoy it. So simple yet effective. Thank you for sharing!

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    Hannah Staveley
    April 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    So cool for Easter and so much fun .x

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    Eileen Teo
    April 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    we also had the scotch tape to do this! hope my kids will find it fun!

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    Kate Williams
    April 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    This is a great idea Jenny, I bet my son would love it! Thanks for linking with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    April 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    These look great, what a good idea x

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    Actually Mummy...
    April 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Ahh those are cute! I keep meaning to have a go

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    April 17, 2014 at 12:05 am

    What a fun idea, We haven’t done that many easter craft activities but we’ll definitely try out this one. x

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    April 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

    What a lovely idea, thanks to our chickens we always have plenty of eggs so I might try this 🙂 x

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    April 17, 2014 at 8:01 am

    We tried this and it didn’t work may be I didn’t leave it long enough or use enough dye!

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    Clare @ Emmys Mummy
    April 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

    They look great..funnily enough this is our afternoon activity today.

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    April 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    COOL EASTER craft I so love this

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    April 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    We did egg dying a few days ago and the girls loved it 🙂 It’s such a fun activity for them x

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    April 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Egg-cellent Easter Craft! 😉

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    Fritha Strickland
    April 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    lovely! I want to try these with pastel inks! x

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    April 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

    These are a really easy, simple idea! The results are really sweet too!

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