Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing with Hole Reinforcement Stickers

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Easter Egg Decorating and DyeingWe 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!

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

First we decorated the hard boiled eggs with the hole stickers…

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

…Daphne in random designs…

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

…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…).

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

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.

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

Here are the dyed eggs before we pulled off the stickers. We let them dry first.

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

Once the Easter eggs were dry, we peeled off the stickers to reveal the design beneath.

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

Daphne wanted to peel the stickers off her own eggs (she did a couple stickers before losing interest).

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

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.

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

Here's one of Daphne's. I love the energetic overlapping circle designs!

Easter Egg Decorating and Dyeing

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.

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  1. says

    We used to decorate eggs with masking tape too, and tried contact paper and various sticky things to make cute stencils like you did with the reinforcements, but I like the results of yours best. They are annoying to peel off, though, I agree. And of course with crayons, so pretty. Tried pressing leaves and bits of petals or ferns on eggs once, and that was intensive but beautiful – older kids only! Pretty much anything you can do with crayon resist works on eggs too. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Someone has a cute band-aid on someone’s arm ~ MaryAnn

  2. RACHEL says

    oh fun! and easy! must try soon. thx jean.
    and HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU FRIEND!

  3. Meg says

    This is an awesome idea! We tried using rubber bands to make a tye dye effect on our eggs, next year I can’t wait to try your version with hole reinforcements I bet it’s a lot easier too than trying to wind rubber bands around eggs without breaking the egg… although we didn’t break any! Thanks so much for sharing this!