Egg Dyeing: Lightbulb Sleeves

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Egg Dyeing: Lightbulb  Sleeves Technique
Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

The bumpy wrappers that protect Thomas Edison's ubiquitous invention can now serve a second purpose: coating eggs with zippy lines of color. We used this method to create our field of spring flowers shown below, making green and blue stems for yellow fingerprint blossoms.

What you'll need

  • Eggs
  • Cardboard lightbulb sleeve
  • Acrylic paints
Helpful Tip:

To get the fun under way, first boil your eggs for 15 minutes and then let them cool completely. Protect your work area with newspaper and set out the supplies needed for each technique.

Note: If you plan to eat your Easter eggs, decorate them only with food-grade dyes. Click here for the USDA's tips on Easter and Passover egg safety.

How to make it

  1. Egg Dyeing: Lightbulb Sleeves Technique - Step 1

    To try it yourself, coat the ridged side of a flattened cardboard lightbulb sleeve with acrylic paint, then roll your egg across it as shown. Allow the paint to dry, then repeat to add more colors, if you like.

  2. For more egg dyeing techniques:

    Egg Dyeing: Aluminum Foil Technique

    Egg Dyeing: Bubble Packaging Technique

    Egg Dyeing: Sticker Stencil Technique

    Egg Dyeing: Rubber Bands Technique

    Egg Dyeing: String Technique

    Egg Dyeing: Thumbprints Technique

    Egg Dyeing: Tissue Paper Technique

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