I pinned this lovely image to my Pinterest board some time ago, and it got me thinking that polka-dot Easter eggs would be a fun activity to do with my kids – but I couldn’t locate a tutorial for how to make our own. So I decided to experiment. Essentially all we needed was some way to mask the egg before dyeing it, so when I found these small spot stickers, I knew they’d be perfect to create our polka-dot pattern.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find white eggs for this activity, which would have given a better effect. It wasn’t for lack of trying. The kids found it very entertaining to watch me open every carton of eggs in Woolworths (on more than one occasion) to check the colour of the eggs. Not a single white egg to be found. I had to settle for choosing the lightest brown eggs there were.
First we blew our eggs using this method – except we made our holes slightly bigger, because the kids were getting too frustrated at how much effort and lung power they had to expend to get the tiniest bit of egg out. With the holes only slightly wider, the results were heaps quicker. It was weirdly satisfying seeing trails of eggy goop pouring out the bottom. Quite disgusting really, which suited my boys down to the ground. They ended up blowing out two cartons worth of eggs in one sitting! I thought for sure they’d be over it after the first carton, but they were loving it so much they wanted to carry on.
Once the eggs had been rinsed and dried out in the oven (as per the above method), the kids then stuck our little stickers all over the eggs.
We made our own dye using 3/4 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar and about half a teaspoon of food colouring. We then submerged the eggs in the dye for up to 5 minutes for the colour to develop. Because our hollow eggs wanted to float, I used a glass to weigh them down.
As the dye cooled, we started having more luck.
The kids were quite enthralled by the whole process, but I think they would’ve happily foregone the masking and dyeing in favour of blowing eggs all day.
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