This super easy technique to make awesome designs while coloring Easter eggs uses an unexpected tool, a hot glue gun! Kids of all ages with a little help from the adults can create intricate patterns and fun color layering techniques when dying Easter eggs. Follow the easy steps below to make these cool dyed Easter eggs at your house.
Decorating Easter Eggs Using Dye & Hot Glue
My kids had so much fun with this egg decorating technique.
I know that sounds a little crazy, but it all started when we saw the results of Kristi of Creative Connections for Kids and was inspired to try it at home!
Related: Easy how to dye Easter eggs
This is a simple technique that can completely change the way your Easter eggs turn out. It reminds me a little of the white/clear crayon resist technique for egg dye, but this is that to an extreme level!
Safety Note: With younger kids, supervising (or completing) the steps with the glue gun is necessary! Those things are HOT.
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Supplies Needed to Decorate Eggs with Hot Glue Technique
- Glue gun & glue sticks
- Boiled eggs
- Easter egg dye – see our recipe below that requires: vinegar, food coloring and water
- Cups for Easter egg dye
- Spoon or egg cradle to remove eggs from dye
- Egg carton
Simple Homemade Egg Dye Recipe
- 1/3 cup of white vinegar – per color
- 10 drops of food dye – per color
- hard boiled eggs
How to Make Homemade Egg Dye
- Mix the vinegar and food coloring together. For our hot glue eggs we used three primary colors: red, yellow and blue.
- Place a different color in each cup deep enough that it will cover the Easter eggs.
Instructions for Making Dyed Easter Eggs Using Hot Glue
To prep your eggs, have your kids dip them in the dye.
Egg dyeing tip: We only needed our eggs to be in the dye for a short time – less than a minuet per egg. You don’t want the eggs to be in the dye for long as the dye bath is acidic will lightly dissolve the shell. The longer it is in the dye the more easily your egg shells will crack.
Take your pre-dyed eggs and drizzle hot glue over the eggs.
Our experience: My daughter felt *so* big getting to use the glue gun all. by. herself!!
Dip your glued eggs back into dye.
Dry them off and gently remove the glue.
Decorated Dyed Easter Eggs Results
The results are stunning!
Kristi’s eggs are awesome – they are multicolored. She was able to repeat the gluing/dying process to get stunning patterns multiple times.
Related: Love color? Check out our tie dye patterns easy enough for kids
Our egg shells became compromised after the first round and they began to chip, but two-toned still wowed my kiddos!
EASTER EGG FUN FROM KIDS ACTIVITIES BLOG
- Plastic egg crafts that will keep you upcycling all those plastic Easter eggs!
- Easter egg designs even kids can do!
- Easter rice krispie treats – this is one of my favorites!
- Easter Egg alternatives
- Easter egg hunt ideas
- Egg bag that you can make at home!
- Plastic egg filler ideas
- Dinosaur egg Easter eggs
- Hatchimal egg
- Easter egg dying ideas that are really fun
- How to mail eggs to your friends and family
- And some really fun Color An Egg Coloring Pages
- Check out how to draw the Easter bunny tutorial…it is easy & printable
- And our printable Easter fun facts pages are really awesome
- We have all these ideas and more featured in our free Easter coloring pages
How did your egg coloring go using hot glue??