Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Dyed Egg with Scotch Magic Tape

Scotch Magic Tape, Scotch Magic Day Competition, Easter Dyed Eggs

We haven't had so much fun playing with eggs for a really long time! Abby thought that we were doing science experiment when I showed her cups of coloured water!

So, yesterday I showed you our Resist Art using Scotch Magic Tape. To turn the painting into an Easter craft, you can cut the paper into a big egg shape before you stick the Scotch Magic Tape on, perhaps in a zig zag pattern, just like what we did with our real egg!

The lovely Scotch Magic Tape people has provided us with a step by step instruction to make our Easter Dyed Eggs, which is quite easy to follow:

Scotch Magic Tape, Scotch Magic Day Competition, Easter Dyed Eggs

You will need:
A glass (we used plastic transparent cups, 1 for each colour)
Vinegar to make the colour stick better on the egg shell (we used Rice Vinegar as that's all we have)
Eggs, ideally white, hard boiled or blown
A spoon
Food colouring (we used gel type, though I reckon it's better to use liquid here)
Kitchen Paper
Scotch Magic Tape


- White eggs are better for this craft as you can have a wider range of colours, even pastel, without the brown shell changing the colours into something darker. For a colour to come through on a brown egg, it's best to leave the egg in the solution for a bit longer (much longer). 

- For a smoother finish, choose smoother eggs. Those with spots has a coarser shell that gives an uneven, spotty finish, which does make a great pattern if you like (See the pink and purple egg above)

- To allow the eggs to last longer, it's better to use blown eggs, ie poke a hole on both ends of the egg, stick the needle through to break down the membrane and egg yolk, then blow the white and yolk out of the egg in a bowl from one end of the egg. Clean and pat dry

- It's easier to use hard boiled eggs as the weight sinks the eggs to the bottom of the cup, and it's also more hygienic for the kids

- The instruction started off with sticking Scotch Magic Tape on the plain egg first before soaking. I wanted a base colour on the egg first so I started off with soaking the egg first. You can do it however you like.

You can check 3M Scotch's video out for visual instruction by the really lovely Maggy from Red Ted Art as well! 

Scotch Magic Tape, Scotch Magic Day Competition, Easter Dyed Eggs

Scotch Magic Tape, Scotch Magic Day Competition, Easter Dyed Eggs

Instructions (in the sequence we did it)

1. Mix half a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. 

- I just added approx 1 tablespoon of vinegar in each of the above cups as I didn't have much left in the bottle. I'm not sure whether more vinegar means less time for the colour to show though.

2. Add your chosen colour into the liquid until you get a strong colour. 

- The shade of colour on the egg is determined by how long you let it soaking, so adding a bit more is fine. I made 6 cups of colours to let the kids choose which one they want to use.

3. Place an egg in the cup. If the egg is blown it may float. Placing a spoon on top to prevent this. Leave the egg to dye for an hour. The longer the eggs are left in the solution, the darker the pattern will appear.

- I wasn't sure whether it would splash so I lowered the egg into the water with a spoon. We checked the eggs every 5-10 minutes (as all kids do). For brown eggs I do think it's necessary to let them soak for longer, but if you want a pastel colour on a white egg, checking frequently will ensure that you'll get the shade you want

4. Remove the egg with a spoon, then gently pat dry it with a kitchen paper and remove any excess dye.

- Do remember to wipe the spoon clean so you can use it again for a different colour.

Scotch Magic Tape, Scotch Magic Day Competition, Easter Dyed Eggs

5. Cut pieces of Scotch Magic Tape in any shape you want, eg stripes or triangles and stick them gently but surely on the egg. Try to remove as much air bubbles under the tape as possible to prevent the dye to leak through and spoil your pattern

- If you have to put the egg down you can either use an egg cup or place it on top of the kitchen paper to prevent it from rolling off the table, like Abby's green (suppose to be blue) egg did! It made a yummy in between craft snack for the kids though

Scotch Magic Tape, Scotch Magic Day Competition, Easter Dyed Eggs

6. Repeat step 3 and 4, then gently peel off the Scotch Magic Tapes to reveal your pattern

Repeat the above until you are happy with your multi coloured egg! We would have done more if I didn't have to prepare dinner.

Scotch Magic Tape, Scotch Magic Day Competition, Easter Dyed Eggs

As our eggs seem half decorated, we decided to give them a nest and some Easter sprinkles too! They became yummy snacks in the next day of course, and since it's food colouring, I felt safe for them to gobble them up.

This is definitely a fun Easter craft to do with the kids, and when you have extra coloured water, you can also show them how colours change magically by adding them together to turn it into an educational session!

Don't forget that you can win some lovely prizes with Scotch Magic Days competition! You can find the codes on promotional packs that has the above label on!