Every year, Sola and I try to decorate Easter eggs using a different method(s) than the year before. This year, we decided to try our hand at making tie dye Easter eggs using Sharpies. Gohan had used this process to make tie dye t-shirts at a summer camp many years ago, but whenever I tried to reproduce the effect at home, I couldn’t get it to work. I actually had decided that Sharpie must have changed their formula or something. Then, several months ago, someone else mentioned doing a Sharpie tie dye project and emphasized that the secret is to use 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Sure enough, that was my problem! So now, we’ve been going a bit tie dye crazy trying this technique on a variety of things.
- Eggs (we used eggs that had been blown, cleaned, and dried (if you decide to use hard boiled eggs, I really don’t recommend eating them afterwards as both the Sharpie and the alcohol probably seep through the shell)
- Sharpie markers in assorted colors
- 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol – MUST be 99%)
- Eye dropper
- Using your sharpie markers, color your egg anyway you want, but try not to mix super dark colors with very light colors, as the dark colors will run into the light colors. Also, it can be to not to get fingerprints all over the eggs when you are working with the dark colors.
- We found that abstract designs work best. Sola kept trying to draw scenes on her eggs, but then the rubbing alcohol causes the design to spread and smear and she found that very frustrating.
- Using the eye dropper, drip the rubbing alcohol on to the egg (try to drip only one drop at a time, or else the colors may run too much)
Here are other “before and after” pairs that we made. The multi-colored scribbles on this egg…
…ran together to look almost like melted crayon.
The plaid design below…
…ended up mostly showing the vertical red strips, while the green, yellow, and orange become more of a blur in the background.
This rainbow design gives you a good idea about how well each color holds up when the alcohol is dripped on it.
The lighter colors get much lighter, but the dark colors stay very strong.
For younger children…
…even simple scribbles blend nicely into a lovely design.
This was an easy egg dying project. It would be really easy to pull together if you have a last minute egg dying job to do and don’t want to break out the food coloring.
Have you colored your Easter eggs this year? Do you have a favorite dying method? Please do tell in the comments below!