Rubber Band Dyed Easter Eggs

Using rubber bands is the easiest way to add stripes to Easter eggs.  You can add just a few stripes or you can have many stripes going every which way.   Do keep in mind that the more colors you use, the less prominent the stripes will be.  Also, the layers of dye will blend to make new colors.  If you use lots and lots of layers, the no-stripe section will look brown. 

You will need:

1.  Boiled eggs

2.  Your favorite egg dyes

3.  Assorted rubber bands

4.  A plastic tablecloth to cover your work area

5.  Paper towels

An assortment of rubberband dyed Easter eggs

Step 1.

A boiled egg wrapped in rubberbands

 

Wrap several rubber bands around the Easter egg. 

Step 2.

Dying the rubberband wrapped egg

Put the egg in the dye and let it sit until the color is a bright as you wish.  Take the egg out of the dye and pat it dry with a paper towel.

Step 3.

If you wish, remove several of the rubber bands.  Add a few more rubber bands.   Re-dip the egg in dye.   Then remove it and pat it dry again. Step 4.  Optionally, repeat step 3 to make an intricate pattern.

The first rubber bands were patented in 1845.  Rubber itself was used for hundreds of years before this.  It was first brought to Europe from South America in 1736.  It was used to waterproof cloth and to make elastic fastenings.  Eventually, a process called vulcanization was discovered.  This process mixed rubber and other ingredients under heat.  The result was the stretchy waterproof substance we think of when we hear the word "rubber."  Vulcanized rubber is used for rubber bands, tires, and raincoats.

Crafts

This old fashioned technique makes beautiful Easter eggs.

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