Egg Dyeing: Thumbprints Technique

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

All thumbs? No problem. Fingertips coated with paint create perfect tiny templates for mini animals, Easter eggs, faces, and more.

What you'll need

  • Eggs
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paper plates
  • Fine-point permanent marker
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: Thumbprints Technique - Step 1

    To put your prints to work, pour a bit of acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Dip your thumb
    or finger into the paint, dab off any excess, then press it against the egg.

  2. Let the paint dry completely before adding details with a fine-point permanent marker.

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