I don’t know about you, but I have a bucketload of plastic Easter eggs that we’ve accumulated over the years. I figured that instead of just tossing the extras, I should make something with them. I’d seen yarn wrapped Easter Eggs before, but I thought it would be fun to try an ombre look. They turned out so pretty!
Want to make your own Ombre Easter Eggs? Here is a step by step tutorial. You’re welcome.
Yarn Wrapped Ombre Easter Eggs
1-Grab your plastic eggs. I found these large ones on the Easter candy aisle last year, hid them away, then forgot about them. My boys were happy to finish off the candy this year. Apparently pop rocks have a very long shelf life. 😉 I made a few of them, but mostly I made smaller ones with the regular plastic eggs you can find everywhere. Because wrapping the large eggs takes half an eternity.
2-You don’t want the eggs popping open and wasting all your hard work, so tape them closed. I was gonna use glue, but I thought the tape would also prevent the dye from seeping into the middle of the egg. So tape it is.
3-Now you need to wrap your eggs with yarn. Make sure you use cotton yarn, because it will absorb the dye. I tried using hot glue, but it didn’t work for a lot of reasons, so I switched to regular craft glue. I found it easiest to start at the top of the egg and work down. Just keep gluing and wrapping, gluing and wrapping, until you are finished. Then let the eggs sit till the glue has time to dry.
4-Now for the fun part! Take two small glass bowls and put about an inch of water in the bottom. Add a bunch of food coloring to one bowl, and just a little to the other. I used gel food coloring, but you can use the liquid kind. Dip your egg into the light dye bowl and use a paintbrush to add the dye up the side. If you have a really tall narrow bowl, you could use it and just dip your egg, but it will take a lot of food coloring. I don’t have one, so I opted for this method.
5-After you have finished “painting” your egg, dip the very bottom in the dark solution.
6-Now set the eggs out on a paper plate and just let the dye creep up.
7-Re-dip them every few minutes till you get the color you want.
Now all you have to do is let them dry. Be patient, it actually takes a while. I let mine sit overnight, and voila!
Aren’t they pretty? I ended up making a bunch of smaller eggs as well, and I have them nestled in little nests around the house.
They add such a pretty pop of color, don’t they?
Here are a few more of my favorite Easter decor projects: