I am the mother of an almost 3 year old girl. If you are or have been in my shoes then you probably have an idea how many stickers we have in this house. They are everywhere. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to the office with stickers on my butt that I didn’t notice until sometime after lunch.
With Easter around the corner I started looking at the various egg coloring kits and was uninspired. I considered doing the crayon method, where you draw a design on the egg with white crayon before dying it but I can’t draw to save my life. So I decided to use some of the many stickers we have on hand and put them on before coloring the eggs and then peeling them off to leave some nice white designs. It doesn’t get much easier than that, which is great for someone like me with very little craft skills! This is certainly easy enough to get the little ones involved too. Your sticker crazy kids will love it.
Reverse Sticker Easter Eggs
What you need:
- Food coloring (or you can use an egg coloring kit which is what I did)
- Containers (like a cup) big enough to completely dip your eggs in
- Stickers – the stickier the better. I found the foil stickers worked the best as they held great and were the easiest to peel off
- Painters tape and a craft knife if you want to do lines. I had great intentions of doing this but sadly a couple of my eggs fell victim to cracking before I got started
Hard boil your eggs. Allow to cool and make sure they are completely dry before you begin.
Start placing your stickers on your eggs. There are no rules or templates. Do whatever your heart desires.
Time to get your coloring ready. If you are using food coloring put about 5 ounces of very warm water in your container of choice. Add 10-20 drops of food coloring. The amount of food coloring you use really depends on how intense you want the color as well as the quality of the food coloring you are using. If you don’t get the result you want you can always add more food coloring and dip the eggs again. Add 1 tbsp of white vinegar.
If you are using a coloring kit prepare the coloring according to the directions supplied.
Submerge the egg into the coloring. I recommend leaving it in there for a good five minutes. Again, if you are going for a more subtle look you can take it out sooner but if you really want your sticker design to pop darker is better.
Once you are happy with the color of your eggs set them aside to dry. I used a cake rack for this. Be sure to turn them over after a few minuted to avoid drips on the under side.
Let the eggs dry completely and remove your stickers. If you use any paper stickers you may find they don’t peel off all that easily. If that happens just soak the egg in warm water for a few minutes to let the sticker dissolve a bit and scrub it lightly with a paper towel.
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