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Project

Masked Easter Eggs

Introduction

Adhere common supplies such as tape, stickers, or even little leaves to eggs; when you dye the eggs and remove the "masks," the designs stand out. There are lots of ways to vary this technique to create original eggs.

Materials

  • White or brown eggs
  • 1/4-inch masking tape
  • Paper towels
  • Optional: rubber bands or small stickers

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    To make a plaid egg using masking tape, start with a white or brown egg, or dye one a light hue. Wrap 1/4-inch masking tape lengthwise around the egg for stripes; rub the tape at the edges with your fingernail for a good seal, so dye can't seep underneath. Dye egg to desired color. Blot with a paper towel. Let dry 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

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    Make stripes around the egg crosswise using 1/8-inch masking tape. Rub down tape; dye in a darker color, and dry as before. Remove tape.

  3. Step 3

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    For other design options, use rubber bands or small stickers (such as dots, stars, and ring-shaped paper reinforcers, available at office-supply stores; big stickers won't lie flat on the rounded surfaces of an egg).

  4. Step 4

    You can also grace eggs with the delicate shapes of greenery. You'll need an egg white, small leaves or sprigs such as those from various herbs, a tiny paintbrush, a nylon stocking, string, dye, and paper towels.

  5. Step 5

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    Apply egg white to the back of a leaf with the paintbrush, place the leaf on an egg, and press gently with fingers. Cut stocking into 4-inch squares. Lay egg in center of square and pull nylon around it, stretching it taut; tie with string. Submerge egg in dye for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove egg, and blot with a paper towel.

  6. Step 6

    Snip string, and unwrap nylon stocking to check color. If egg isn't the desired hue, retie, and dye again. When the desired color is achieved, remove nylon; peel away leaf carefully. Blot with a paper towel, then dry egg on paper towels for 10 minutes, leaf side facing up.