Tie dying shirts is one of my favorite outdoor activities to do with my children. So, when I found a way to tie dye Easter eggs I jumped at the chance to try it. Tie dye eggs not only look incredibly cool, but are also super easy to make! After you learn How To Make Easy Tie Dye Easter Eggs, you may just have found your new favorite Easter egg dying tradition. Trust me, you’re going to love these groovy looking Easter eggs!

Tie Dye Easter Eggs in a bowl with faux easter grass

Tie Dye Easter Eggs Supplies:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Coffee Filters
  • Twist Ties or Rubber Bands
  • Food coloring
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Sheet pan

Tie dying Easter eggs doesn’t have to be super complicated. You just need a few materials and a little patience and your eggs will turn out great!

One of my favorite things about tie dye is that there is no certain color scheme or pattern you have to follow. Each egg comes out unique with it’s own special design.

Benefits Dying Easter Eggs With Children:

There are so many fun and easy ways to decorate Easter eggs.

Children love being involved in creating colorful eggs, and there are so many benefits for them.

  • Making tie dye Easter eggs (or really any kind of Easter egg) is a wonderful sensory experience for children. Feeling the texture of the egg, splashing in the colorful water, and looking at the bright colors are just a few examples of the sensory experiences that can be had.
  • Dying Easter eggs is good for hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. Using different utensils to decorate and dye the eggs helps to strengthen the small muscles of hands and fingers.
  • Dying eggs provides a great opportunity for color exploration. Children will love watching drops of food coloring mix together to make different colors. Tie dyed eggs are especially good for color exploration.
  • Spending time with your child as you dye eggs and talk is a great way to work on speech and develop vocabulary.
  • Dying eggs is an awesome way for children to be creative with Easter decor.
  • Art projects like dying eggs can be a wonderful way to de-stress and relax.

Tips For Dying Eggs With Children:

Whether you tie dye Easter eggs with food coloring, or use another method to decorate your eggs, there are a few ways you can make the process go smoothly!

  • Gather all of your materials ahead of time and set up small work stations for younger children. You may even want to hard boil your eggs the night before.
  • If you have a small child you think may not be ready to dye eggs, you can always let them use stickers, paint, or washi tape to decorate plastic or wooden eggs.
  • Save old egg cartons so you have a place to set your eggs while they are drying. You can also easily label the outside of the carton “hard boiled” and put it back in your refrigerator to keep your eggs cold after they dry.
  • Cover your table in old newspaper, a disposable plastic table cloth, or white drawing paper for quick clean up when you are finished your project.

How To Tie Dye Eggs For Easter:

Supplies for making tie-dye Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Tie Dye Instructions:

Begin with dry, hard boiled eggs that have been cooled completely.

Wrap each egg in a coffee filter and use a twist tie to secure the filter at the top. If you don’t have a twist tie, a rubber band will also work.

Eggs wrapped in white coffee filters secured with bread ties.

Drop small drops of food coloring over the coffee filter. Leave some white space between the drops.

Continue until all of the coffee filters on the eggs have colored spots on them.

Blue gloved hand holding an egg wrapped in a coffee filter with drops of food coloring on top of it.

Using the water bottle, spray water all over the coffee filter covered eggs.

Gently squeeze any extra water off of the eggs and coffee filters.

Overhead view of eggs being tie died.

Place the eggs on a sheet pan to dry over night.

Unwrap the eggs from the dried coffee filters and enjoy your tie dye eggs!

Tie Dye Easter Eggs

Other DIY Tie Dye Easter Egg Ideas:

  • Another fun Easter egg tie dye idea for younger children is painting Easter eggs or using sponges to create a tie dye effect.
  • If you don’t have coffee filters, you can tie dye Easter eggs with paper towels. Follow the same DIY tie dye Easter egg directions, but wrap the eggs in the paper towels instead.
  • Let your children make predictions about what their egg will look like once it dries over night.
  • For super coordinated tie dye eggs, use colors from the same section of the color wheel (green, blue, and yellow or blue, red, and purple).

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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