We used our favorite hole reinforcement stickers this past week for some fun Easter egg decorating and dyeing. It was a simple, toddler-friendly project and equally as rewarding for grown-up me.
It was also a complete experiment—I hadn't done this before and wasn't sure how well it would work. Wasn't sure how well the stickers would stick to the eggs and wasn't sure how well they would stay on in the dye bath.
But they worked well!
First we decorated the hard boiled eggs with the hole stickers…
…Daphne in random designs…
…I with more deliberate designs.
Maia wasn't home when we decorated these easter eggs, but I know she would have had fun with this project as well (we have plans to decorate and dye more soon…).
Once we were finished with the sticker designs, we dunked them in dye to color them. I used hot water with food coloring and white vinegar (1 tablespoon per 3/4 cup of water) but commercial egg dyeing kits would work just as well. I used bright colors since I was starting with brown eggs.
Here are the dyed eggs before we pulled off the stickers. We let them dry first.
Once the Easter eggs were dry, we peeled off the stickers to reveal the design beneath.
Daphne wanted to peel the stickers off her own eggs (she did a couple stickers before losing interest).
The stickers didn't come off as easily as I thought they would. It wasn't too hard but it wasn't super easy either. I think if we did a couple things differently, they'd probably come off easier. Our dye bath was hot and next time I'd try letting the dye cool first before using it. Also, I think I'd try pulling off the stickers while they were still wet, rather than waiting until they dried completely.
Here's one of Daphne's. I love the energetic overlapping circle designs!
And here's my flower, which I rather like as well.
All in all, this was an easy and fun Easter egg decorating project, one that little kids could do easily and that older kids and grown ups would enjoy as well.
Let me know if you try it!
By the way, I imagine the Easter egg "sticker resist" idea would work with other stickers as well. I'm thinking about trying it with regular dot stickers as well as star stickers.