Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt® ]
Batik is a method of dying fabric by way of blocking areas you don't want dyed by applying wax.
You can create batik eggs using masking tape instead of wax as your blocking agent.
What You Need:
- Masking tape
- Scissors or knife (and ADULT SUPERVISION)
- Crepe paper dye [see recipe below]
- Hard boiled eggs
- Plastic Spoon
- Plastic wrap
What You Do:
- Cut designs out of the masking tape.
- Place the tape designs on the egg.
- Put your egg on a plastic spoon and dip it into the dye. You should leave the egg in the dye longer for a darker color and shorter for a lighter color.
- Place the egg on a piece of plastic wrap and let dry.
- When dry remove the tape.
- You can then repeat the process by adding different tape pieces to different areas of the egg and dipping into a different dye color.
Crepe Paper Dye Recipe
- Cut strips of crepe paper (crepe paper is the sort of stuff they make birthday party streamers out of).
- Place the strips in a bowl.
- Pour hot water (from the tap or from the kettle) over the paper in the bowl. Make sure there is ADULT SUPERVISION
- Take the paper out of the water using a large spoon.
- Add some white vinegar to the dye (about 1 tablespoon) The vinegar helps the dye to set.
- Let the mixture cool.
- Voila - Crepe Paper Dye
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