Rubber Band-Dyed Easter Eggs

Wrap hardboiled eggs with rubber bands before dying them to achieve brightly-colored Easter eggs with lovely distinct streaks.

Safety Tips

  • Use warm water, not hot water, for kids to safely mix and handle the egg dye.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.
Rubber Band-Dyed Easter Eggs craft

Materials

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Rubber bands
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring

Steps

Step 1 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs 1. Cook eggs until they are hardboiled. Let them cool and pat them dry.
Step 2 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs Ask for an adult's help2. Wrapping rubber bands around an egg is quite tricky because of the egg's curved shape and smooth surface. You will find it much easier to position a bunch of rubber bands all at once than doing it one rubber band at a time.

Take about 10-12 rubber bands and position them around the center of the egg.
Step 3 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs 3. The bunched up rubber bands provide enough friction to easily arrange the individual rubber bands around the egg. Rearrange the individual rubber bands in such a way that they interlock around the center, further securing the rubber bands in place.
Step 4 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs 4. Continue until the rubber bands form a net-like arrangement around the egg.
Step 5 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs 5. Prepare the egg dye by mixing ¾ cup warm water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and around 10 drops of food coloring. Submerge the rubber band-wrapped egg into the dye. Allow the egg to sit for at least 5 minutes. The longer it stays there, the deeper the color will be.
Step 6 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs 6. Remove the egg from the dye and let it air dry.
Step 7 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs 7. Carefully remove the rubber bands to reveal a nice streaked pattern.
Step 8 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs 8. If you wish to achieve various-colored streaks instead of the usual white streaks, you will have to wrap the egg again with rubber bands and immerse it in a new color of dye. I dipped my blue egg into yellow-colored dye.
Step 9 Rubber Band-Dyed Eggs 9. After taking the egg out of the dye, I discovered that my blue egg had turned green! Removing the rubber bands revealed blue and light green streaks of color. You can try out this double-dipping method to discover interesting color combinations.

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