Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Egg Dye - Not Just For Eggs!




Hello Everyone! Still rolling with the Easter theme! My husband came home from work last night to find freshly chilled hard boiled eggs, cups full of egg dye, stickers and magic crayons galore and a very eager wife. I waited all day to dye the eggs, because I knew that deep down inside his manly facade, he too loves to dye Easter eggs. It turns out, I was right. ;o) Here's how our family's egg dying went!







Afterward, we were left with full cups of egg dye and I hated to waste it. So I decided to dye a scrap of lace fabric I had laying around. Well that prompted me to SHARE! Because I love how it turned out! So today, I decided to dye more eggs and decided to show you how I dyed my lace. 

What you'll need: 
  • left over egg dye
  • parchment or wax paper
  • a bowl of water (large enough to hold whatever you are dyeing)
  • lace or any kind of fabric will work
  • a spoon (I chose a clear plastic one so I could see what I was doing)
  • paper towels
  • apron 
  • latex gloves (just to protect your hands from getting dyed themselves!) If you do get dye on your hands, it can be removed using baking soda and vinegar!






































Start by dipping your fabric into the bowl of water. The water helps to pull the dye across the fabric. I wring it out just a little so it's not sopping wet. Then place it on a sheet of parchment paper. Make sure the parchment paper is big enough to hold your fabric and any dribbled dye.

















Then take a dye color of your choice and spoon it across the fabric. Going slow enough to streak it and tilt the spoon slightly so it doesn't fall into one spot (unless you want that effect). :o) Be sure to wipe of excess off the spoon with a paper towel before dipping it into another color.  
















Continue with whatever colors you choose, however many you choose. In whatever pattern you choose.
















When you are finished your fabric will look something like this.

















When you are done, carefully pick up the ends of your fabric and transfer it to another piece of dry parchment paper. Make sure the other paper is close by because it will drip. Wait until it dries completely. And you have yourself dyed fabric!!

















Here are some other things I had laying around my craft room that I dyed in the Easter egg dye. I LOVE how the clothespin turned out. I just might do that again for the 4th of July! 

















Here are some projects I made using my dyed lace. 

















This lace was from the first batch I did. The colors turned out more subtle because when it was drying I blotted it slightly with a paper towel. This helps you accomplish a more pastel look instead of the bright colors! 

















So there it is! I really hope you got some inspiration from it! The sky is the limit on what you could dye! If you think of anything else please let me know! I'd love to see some projects! Happy Easter everyone!

2 comments:

  1. Great idea Jillian! I should try this except when my kids dye eggs everything gets mixed together and the colors are not pretty! Holly :-)

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  2. The eggs turned out so pretty! Thanks for that tutorial, maybe if I squeeze some time in, I'll try it :)
    Also, thanks for joining us at Krafty Girls!
    ♥ Cyndy

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