Kids of all ages (even the youngest ones) can make gorgeous tie-dye Easter eggs with just Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol.
If your kids want to dye Easter Eggs but dip-dyeing seems like too much work, you have to try this cool coloured egg activity with your kids this year. This is a really quick and easy way for kids to dye incredibly beautiful, multi-coloured eggs, and you won’t need food colouring, dyes or bowls of hot water to do it. Nope! We’re using the Sharpie and rubbing alcohol process to give our Easter eggs a gorgeous tie-dye effect today. This method for colouring Easter eggs is fascinating, but it’s so quick and easy that even a preschooler can do it!
Last year, instead of making traditional dyed eggs with hot water and food colouring, we dripped liquid watercolours on our eggs to colour them. The results were fabulous, and the process allowed even the youngest kids to colour their eggs without assistance. Don’t you love a craft that allows little kids to complete the process on their own?
Older kids will love: Marbled Easter Eggs with Oil, Vinegar and Food Colouring
This year, I wanted to come up with another cool way for my preschoolers to dye eggs independently, and I got thinking about the Sharpie and Rubbing Alcohol process that we’ve used for some of our craft projects in the past.
The hooligans love using Sharpies, and this technique has worked well for us on a variety of surfaces like fabric, plastic and ceramic. Would it work on eggs?
We decided to give it a try.
And I’m pretty excited to show you the results!
To make our Tie-Dye Easter Eggs with Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol, you’ll need:
- Blown-out eggs
- Fine Point Sharpie Markers
- 99% Rubbing Alcohol (a weaker strength will not work)
- Eye-dropper or medicine dropper
Note: these eggs are not for eating.
These tie-dye Easter eggs have been doused in rubbing alcohol, so they are not safe to consume. Please do not do this process with hard-boiled eggs meant for eating.
Blow out your eggs:
Ok! First of all, you’ll need to blow out your eggs. There’s an easy “how-to” here at All Free Crafts in case you’ve never blown out eggs before. For the record, I skip the vinegar rinse at the end. I just run my eggs under the tap to make sure the egg is empty and clean. Then I shake them out, and set them on a towel to dry.
Once your eggs are dry, it’s time to colour them.
When I say “colour them”, I literally mean we are going to colour on our eggs.
Before you get started, you’ll want to explain to your child how fragile the empty egg shells are and encourage them to handle them gently. This can be tricky for young children who tend to tightly grip whatever they’re holding. You may want to have several extra blown-out eggs on hand. A couple of ours got accidentally crunched in the process. Not a biggie. We continued with the process anyway, and just put the crunched eggs good-side-up when it came time to display them.
Choose vibrant, bold Sharpies if you want intense results, and soft, muted colours if you’re going for pastel-coloured eggs.
Have your child colour their eggs in a variety of colours. The more colours you use, the more beautiful your eggs will be.
The colouring doesn’t have to be perfect. Older kids may want to cover their egg in patterns or blocks of colour, and younger children will scribble. That’s why I love this activity so much. Anything goes! The results will be gorgeous no matter what.
When your child has finished colouring the eggs, it’s time to magically transform them into tie-dyed beauties.
Balance your coloured egg on something that will prevent it from rolling around. We used a small egg cup, but you could place your eggs on a baking rack or in large slotted spoon.
Pour some of the rubbing alcohol into a small dish (another egg cup comes in handy for this).
Now, using a dropper, squeeze or tap a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol onto a coloured egg, and watch what happens!
How cool is that?
Isn’t it fascinating to watch the colours blur and blend together? Doesn’t it look like tie-dye?!
Continue dripping small amounts of alcohol on your egg until all of the colours have blended.
Your eggs won’t take long to dry because the rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly, so you’ll have a whole batch of glorious, gorgeous tie-dyed eggs in no time!
How’s that for a quick, easy, and mess-free way to colour a batch of eggs with your kids!
Now, you can place your tie-dye Easter eggs in a pretty bowl or a clear vase, or scatter them about your holiday dinner table to make a colourful display!
For more creative and unique ways to dye Easter eggs, check out:
Awesome “Galaxy” Easter Eggs – Dream a Little Bigger
Tie-Dye Eggs with Cheese Cloth and Food Colouring – Crafts By Amanda
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