This year, experiment with a material called bleeding tissue paper to dye your eggs. The color transfers to other surfaces (like egg shells), leaving an interesting tie-dyed impression.
Dyeing Easter eggs is an eagerly anticipated annual tradition at our house, but I like to try new techniques from time to time to keep the project fresh and interesting. This year, we decided to experiment with a material called bleeding tissue paper to dye our eggs. Bleeding tissue paper looks like regular tissue paper, but the color transfers to other surfaces (like egg shells), leaving an interesting “tie-dyed” impression.
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Empty egg cartons
- Bleeding tissue paper in a variety of colors
- Old newspaper or plastic to cover your work surface
- Several small bowls
- Paint brush or silicon kitchen brush
- Modge Podge (optional)
Note: It is very important that you cover your work surface with newspaper or plastic for this project because bleeding tissue paper transfers its color when wet-which means that it will stain your work surface if you aren’t careful.
- Begin by hard-boiling at least a dozen eggs (the more, thebetter). If possible, do this the night before you plan to do theproject so the eggs can cool overnight.
- Cut up several different-colored sheets of bleeding tissuepaper into 1-inch-sized pieces. Bleeding tissue paper is availablein some craft stores and also online at DiscountSchool Supply. Place the paper scraps in a bowl and fill another small bowl with cold water. Keep the empty egg carton nearby to hold the tissue-papered eggs as they dry.
- Dip each egg into the bowl of water so it is uniformly wet.Then apply pieces of bleeding tissue paper to the egg. Be sure theentire surface of the egg is covered with paper. We found that mostcombinations turned out well, whether we used all one color ormixed the pieces together to create a rainbow effect. Use a paintbrush or a silicon kitchen brush to add more water and help thepaper adhere smoothly. Each egg should be very wet to encourage thecolor to transfer.
- Place the tissue-papered eggs in an empty egg carton and allowthem to dry completely (at least two hours). At this point, youhave two options. Either peel the bleeding tissue paper off theeggs to reveal the dyed surface beneath, or use a paint brush toapply a thin coat of Modge Podge over the bleeding tissue paper.Allow the Modge Podge to dry completely to avoid tearing thepaper.
- Be sure you keep your beautiful egg creations refrigerateduntil it’s time for your Easter egg hunt (or this project canquickly turn stinky).