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Project

Leaf and Flower Easter Eggs

Introduction

Flowers and leaves give chicken and goose eggs a rich, complex look. We used red and green, but pastels would make pretty eggs, too. The design is achieved simply, using vinyl stickers and two dye baths. Vary the length of time in each dye bath to create different shades, as with these eggs. Use a permanent-ink pen to draw on flower stems. You can also stencil on flower centers.

Tools and Materials

Leaf and Flower Easter Eggs How-To

1. Create vinyl cutouts using a leaf-shaped craft punch. leaf cutouts. Position a vinyl cutout on an egg. With your fingernail, rub gently around the entire outline of cutout, sealing it fully. This will help ensure crisp edges on the finished design. Use each cutout only one time.

2. Make a red dye bath: Add one teaspoon of white vinegar and five to 20 drops of red food coloring to one cup of hot water; stir it regularly to keep the color even. Submerge egg in dye bath until desired shade is reached. Dry egg with a paper towel.

3. Peel off leaf cutouts. Apply flower cutouts (created using a flower-shaped punch and a blank vinyl sheet.)

4. Submerge egg in a green dye bath until the desired shade is reached. Dry egg again.

5. Peel off flower cutouts to reveal finished egg.

Watch the Video How-To

Materials

  • Adhesive vinyl sheets
  • Red and green food coloring
  • White vinegar
  • Paper towel
  • Leaf-shaped craft punch
  • Flower-shaped craft punch

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Create vinyl cutouts using a leaf-shaped craft punch. leaf cutouts. Position a vinyl cutout on an egg. With your fingernail, rub gently around the entire outline of cutout, sealing it fully. This will help ensure crisp edges on the finished design. Use each cutout only one time.

  2. Step 2

    Make a red dye bath: Add one teaspoon of white vinegar and five to 20 drops of red food coloring to one cup of hot water; stir it regularly to keep the color even. Submerge egg in dye bath until desired shade is reached. Dry egg with a paper towel.

  3. Step 3

    Peel off leaf cutouts. Apply flower cutouts (created using a flower-shaped punch and a blank vinyl sheet.)

  4. Step 4

    Submerge egg in a green dye bath until the desired shade is reached. Dry egg again.

  5. Step 5

    Peel off flower cutouts to reveal finished egg.