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painterly_easter_eggs If you are anything like us, you are probably a little bored with PAAS-style dipped eggs. So, we’ve got a super simple way to put new life in your favorite Easter activity, which involves an unexpected secret tool—lip balm! Lip balm acts as a barrier to dye on an egg, much like wax on fabric in batik dying. We used ChapStick in this tutorial, but any kind of lip balm will work. You can use the balm to draw any shape or design, but because specific designs can smudge so easily we suggest using the smear technique shown here.

Start by washing and drying your eggs (white eggs produce the most vibrant colors, brown eggs will be more muted), prepare your dye in deep bowls or wide mouthed jars, and have some paper towels or absorbent cloths on hand. yellow_egg_dye Using a spoon, carefully dip the egg into the first color. Typically, choose lighter dyes first, then move to darker shades (see “Tips and Tricks” below for reasons you might want to ignore this). Dark blue and black should always be last. NOTE: If you want any white in your design, add lip balm first, and then start dying. On an un-dyed egg, whatever you cover with balm will remain white. lip_balm_egg_dye_technique Take the egg out when it reaches the desired shade. After drying off excess dye with a paper towel or cloth, place a bit of lip balm onto a few spots of the egg shell.
easter_egg_easy Using your finger, smear it around onto areas you wish to stay the current color of the egg. In this instance, what we covered in lip balm will stay yellow.
dyed_easter_egg Dip the egg into the next color.
egg_dye_wipe When your egg is the desired shade, carefully dab off the excess dye (without further smearing or taking off the lip balm!).
finished_painterly_dyed_easter_egg painterly_dyed_easter_eggs_DIY_easy Repeat this process by adding balm on the parts of the egg you want to be the next color. Continue dipping and adding balm until you’ve achieved your masterpiece!

Tips and Tricks

–It is often suggested to use the lightest dyes first—from yellow, to orange, to red, to green, etc.—but yellow dye tends to “eat” through the other dyes, producing a richer, more interesting yellow. Just remember, if you do use your yellow dye after you’ve dipped into say, green or blue, your yellow dye will become muddled. It will still dye yellow but eventually will become weaker with each use.

–If you are using a cloth, be careful not to accidentally rub lip balm onto other parts of an egg.

–Wear latex gloves if you don’t want dyed hands.

–Don’t overdo the use of lip balm on a multicolored egg. For each dip, leave some space for new colors.

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Elisa Parhad for Spoon Fork Bacon! Hope you guys love these eggs as much as we do!!!

  1. Erin@WellPlated Not Specified Not Specified

    These are stunning! When I was little, I used to avoid the “real” eggs in favor of the candy-filled ones in Easter egg hunts, but these would definitely merit priority space in my basket!

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  3. Nancy Not Specified Not Specified

    Cannot wait to try this technique with my grandson. Happy holiday everyone.

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  5. Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness Not Specified Not Specified

    These are gorgeous! I would have never thought to use lip balm on eggs!

  6. Rosemary DeLacey Not Specified Not Specified

    The article of dying Easter eggs is so interesting but I’d like to know what type of dyes were used…food coloring, PAAS, even colored magic markers work. I’d love to make these for my annual centerpiece and some tiny baskets for the grandkids. Thanks for a reply!!

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  8. Kim @ Kim's Cravings Not Specified Not Specified

    This worked fabulously and my kiddos had so much fun decorating their eggs this year. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Elisa Parhad Not Specified Not Specified

    The best dyes to use with this technique are Ukrainian Easter Egg dyes, or pysanky dyes. For this tutorial I used pysanky dye bought at, but any pysanky dye will work. Good luck!

  10. Jill Roberts Not Specified Not Specified

    Absolutely love your creative idea with Easter Eggs! Never seen something like this! Definitely i will try to make it too! Thx for sharing!

  11. Bella Hardy Not Specified Not Specified

    These are so Instagrammable and adorable! This is absolutely magnificent, scrumptious and super colorful Easter Eggs. Thx for great idea!

  12. Julia Stearns Not Specified Not Specified

    That easter eggs are incredible! I’m seriously so inspired right now. Amazing!

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