Spring has sprung and Easter egg season is here! Gone are the days of simply dropping tablets into water and vinegar and plastic-wrapping your eggs. Though there's nothing wrong with the classic method, the sky is really the limit when it comes to egg decorating, and DIYing a dozen has never been easier or more beautiful. We've rounded up fifty of the best DIY egg-dyeing and decorating projects to inspire you!
Paint is one of my favorite mediums to work with, but dye is another option that isn't used quite as often. You can achieve some fantastic effects with dye, and it's so easy to work with! Read on to check out ten colorful DIY projects using dye.
I usually switch out our throw pillows every Spring and Fall, but I'm seriously considering switching them out every holiday starting with Valentine's Day! This pillow project is perfect to help you give your couch or bed a little love!
After experimenting with dye for this rope leash project, I've been on a big fabric dyeing kick. While psychedelic tie dye isn't quite my bag, I think this more subdued indigo version is something I could really get behind!
This is a super cool technique for making your own dip-dyed linens and fabric! I am definitely tempted to grab some discounted white sheets and try my hand at it -- what do you say?
A bucket, some dye, and fabric are the core essentials for this DIY project from A Merry Mishap. You could also grab some tea towels and napkins to dye while you're at it! There's also a secret ingredient that you add to the dye that I didn't even know...
Update: We've tested two new techniques for dyeing glass jars. Check them out here!
Remember the Mod Podge + food coloring technique for painting clear glass? That was cool and all, but I spotted another method using Vitrail glass paint and acetone (nail polish remover) that allows the bottles and jars to be used as actual vases, as the finish is waterproof! This treatment provides for more depth of color as...
This DIY goes out to all the design-minded, technically inclined, color-loving Mac geeks. You are a beautiful and unique snowflake -- and so is your laptop!
I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?). Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years. Fortunately, the Internet exists. And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done! Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?
This Easter season, toss the chemicals and opt for natural-based dyes from items you can find in the produce section and spice aisle of the grocery store.
What's better than sending a handmade card for the holidays?
Sending a handmade card with ink you made yourself, of course.
From Katherine Sharpe at Readymade: "Britt Browne’s materials are just as essential to her art as her designs. She makes her own ink using homegrown plants, then prints on handmade paper. Here, Britt shares the secret to making greeting-card-ready paper or fabric using the season’s most ubiquitous berry. Learn more about Britt and her work at The Paper Moon Project, and if you’re not in the mood to make your own cranberry dye, you can shop her limited-edition cranberry dyed cards at Soolip."
I enjoy dying easter eggs (really, I do...), but I don't have a use for ALL those hard boiled eggs that come out of the project. I do, however, have plenty of use for breaking things over my friends' heads and making big confetti messes, so this year, I'm making cascarones- a Mexican tradition of decorative eggs that are hollowed (blown) and filled with confetti, which are subsequently broken over others' heads. Sound awesome? You're right.
First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?
- food colouring
- dried pasta of any shape
- rubbing alcohol
This Easter season, head to the produce aisle and dye your eggs with nature.
- Free-range eggs
- Alum powder (available at the supermarket in the spice aisle)
- White Vinegar
- Vegetables and spices, see step one
- Measuring spoons
- Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
- Vegetable oil, wax, electrical tape, leaves, stickers, etc (optional)
Choose which colors...