Fun Easter batik for the kids

09 Apr 2020

Here’s a clever way to dye eggs using candle wax and crêpe paper.

You'll need:

  • Fresh, raw white-shelled eggs (see Tip, below)
  • Pin or ear syringe (from a chemist)
  • Skewer or long needle
  • Crêpe paper, in assorted colours
  • Scissors
  • Glass or ceramic bowls
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar, for each colour
  • Candle and matches

1. Using a pin, make a small hole at each end of your egg. Insert a skewer or long needle into the hole and pierce the yolk. Using your mouth or an ear syringe, gently blow into the top hole to put pressure inside the egg, forcing the contents out of the bottom hole (discard the contents). Carefully rinse the blown eggs with water and allow to drain and dry completely.

2. To make the dye, cut strips of crêpe paper about 2cm wide. Separate the colours into different bowls. Cover crêpe paper with hot water to release the dye.

3. Remove crêpe paper from dye with a spoon. Add white vinegar to set dye. Allow dye to cool.

4. Eggs are decorated with several applications of wax and dye. Start with the lightest colour and work to the darkest. If you wish to leave any sections of the eggshell surface its natural colour, drip candle wax onto that area before putting it in the dye. Dip the egg in the lightest dye (yellow, perhaps). It may take several minutes to reach the desired colour. Dry with a tissue.

5. Drip wax onto the sections you want to keep yellow. When the wax is set, dip egg in the darker dye, until it is the desired colour then dry with a tissue. Repeat the process until you have used all the desired colours.

6. To remove the wax, place eggs on a tray covered with baking paper in an oven preheated to 180°C. When the wax has melted (about 2 minutes), wipe the egg dry with a tissue.

Tip - Look for white shelled hen eggs if you can find them – the lighter the egg, the darker the intensity in colour of the final dyed egg. Duck eggs also often have a white shell.

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