You do have unused markers in your junk drawer don’t you?
Do you hate to throw things away, stowing them in your craft area until your next project? Dyed egg cups are an eco-friendly craft you can make with used egg cartons and those old unused markers! Display a few egg cups with decorated eggs to show your family that you really did need to save that egg carton for something useful!
Gather these supplies to make your egg cups:
- A cardboard egg carton
- old markers
How to make a recycled marker dyed egg cup: (boy that’s a mouthful to say!)
Cut the cardboard egg carton into individual cups. I cut my cups at a slanted angle so the back is higher than the front. I think it adds sturdiness to the dyed egg cup. You can also cut the egg cups in groups of four or six if you’d like to display eggs as a group. If you’re really unmotivated just keep the egg carton whole and use plenty of markers and water.
Color the edges of the egg cup with your marker. This is important, which is why it’s written in bold. Without this border the egg cups are kind of plain.
Next, fill a small bowl with warm water and place the uncapped markers into the water marker-tip down. You may need to stir the markers around in the water or tap them at the bottom of the bowl to get the color into the water. Once the water is darken to your desired color, toss the insides of the marker out and recycle the shells if possible.
Dip your egg cup into the water open edge down. Use your hands to make the marker colored on the edges of the cup run. This adds to the finished water colored look of the egg cup. Turn your egg cup over in the water and make sure the entire cup has been colored.
Allow your egg cups to dry completely. You can use your recycled marker dyed egg cups to display natural colored eggs, or a variety of brightly colored eggs for a pretty addition to your spring decor! And to prove those naysayers wrong. 😉
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