I have a super easy and fun DIY for you today. I’m excited, I love this one. I think this is my favorite Easter Egg DIY since the Watercolor Easter Eggs we made so so long ago. Shibori is a Japanese indigo dying technique that is quite beautiful. Please google it if you’re not familiar. This is obviously not in anyway authentic shibori, but my inspiration for these eggs! I love the the beautiful blue color in shibori which is taken from an indigo plant. For this DIY I just used blue food coloring because it;s so readily available. I also love all of the introcate folding techniques used to make patterns with traditional shibori, so I tried to replicate that with these Easter eggs as well. I hope you guys love my shibori inspired Easter Eggs!
How to make Shibori Inspired Easter Eggs
- completely cooled hard boiled eggs
- blue food coloring
- white coffee filters
- small rubber bands
- kitchen twine
- paper towels
- glass bowl
Time needed: 1 hour.
- Prepare your blue dye.
Use one tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water, and use 12 drops of food dye per cup. I used approximately 3 cups of water in a glass bowl, and that was enough to fully submerged the eggs. The amount might differ depending on the depth of your bowl and amount of eggs.
- Wrap each egg with a coffee filter.
Smooth the filter around the egg and tie tight with a rubber band.
- Wind the twine to make your designs.
Use the kitchen twine to tie a knot around the pony tail (where the rubber band is) of each egg. Start winding the twine around the egg in patterns that are pretty even. After you circle the egg with the twine once, also wind it around your eggs pony tail. This will help to keep the twine in place as you make your design. Tie off the twine at the pony tail when you are satisfied with your design.
- Dye the eggs.
Submerge the tied off eggs in your blue bath for approximately 30 minutes.
- Remove from dye bath and untie.
Retrieve your eggs from the dye bath and using scissors cut open the coffee filters and twine. Dry off the eggs and you’re done!
Tips and Tricks for these Shibori Inspired Easter Eggs
- You want the blue dye to be very saturated. So add a lot of drops! You can test it by dropping a little onto a paper towel so you can get an idea of the color density.
- Make sure you wrap everything as tight as you can. This will ensure your designs are defined.
- Try tying everything up at the long part of the egg, or the short part. This will help you get variations in your designs.