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Stenciled Eggs

With stencils made of waterproof vinyl adhesive tape and cut-out shapes, you can create perfectly rendered patterns on your Easter eggs.




Tip: Any color that you cover with tape will remain unchanged throughout the process.


  • Eggs
  • Food coloring
  • Waterproof vinyl adhesive tape and stencils
  • Burnishing tool (available at art-supply stores)
  • Small bowls
  • Paper towel


  1. Step 1

    Start with a white egg or one dyed a pale color. Band the egg twice lengthwise with a 1/4-inch-wide masking tape, repositioning as necessary to get a tight fit. Firmly rub the tape with your fingernail or a burnishing tool so that the dye can't seep underneath.

  2. Step 2

    Dip egg into dye, raising and dipping until the color deepens as desired. Blot egg with a paper towel. Let dry ten minutes. Remove tape.

  3. Step 3

    Band the egg's width with tape at its widest point, then repeat to make smaller circles around each end. (Try alternating wide strips of tape with narrow ones.) Burnish, dye, and dry as before.

  4. Step 4

    Remove tape. If you used a raw egg, carefully blow out contents.

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 13 April/May 1993



Reviews (5)

  • kelligirl 23 Apr, 2011

    I couldn't remove the glue after using vinyl letters. any suggestions? when i tried to wipe it off, my dye rubbed off as well.

  • yuan11ggyahoo 5 May, 2009

    They looks beautiful!

  • MomLinda 21 Mar, 2008

    It could also be quilters tape. That can be bought in 1/4" wide rolls. It can be purchased anywhere quilting supplies are sold.

  • TabascoKat 13 Mar, 2008

    It looks like correction tape that is available through your office supply stores. It is available in varying widths.

  • Mugsy52 13 Jan, 2008

    Beautiful, but where do I find the tape? I plan to have an egg decorating party (had a pumpkin decorating party in Oct. lot's of fun)