How to ... Make Leaf Print Eggs

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Leaf Print Eggs
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages preschooler

Instead of opting for the classic egg-dyeing technique this Easter, turn a new leaf with this reverse-stenciling method.

What you'll need

  • Small flat leaves (we used fern, cilantro, dill, thyme, and mint leaves)
  • Hard-boiled white eggs
  • Nylon stockings, cut into 3-inch-long sections
  • Rubber bands
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Large glasses, one for each dye bath (be sure they're wide enough to hold an egg)
  • Spoon

How to make it

  1. How to ...  Make Leaf Print Eggs  - Step 1

    Lay a leaf on an egg, then cover it with a section of nylon stocking to hold it in place.

  2. How to ...  Make Leaf Print Eggs  - Step 2

    Pull together both open ends of the stocking, then twist the ends together and secure them with a rubber band.

  3. How to ...  Make Leaf Print Eggs  - Step 3

    For each dye bath, mix 1/2 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 10 to 20 drops of food coloring in a glass. Carefully submerge the nylon-wrapped egg in the bath and let it soak for about 4 minutes.

  4. How to ...  Make Leaf Print Eggs  - Step 4

    Use a spoon to remove the egg from the dye bath and set it on a covered work surface. Carefully remove the rubber band, nylon, and leaf. Allow the egg to dry completely before further handling it.

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