How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs

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Ukrainian eggs - or "pysanky" - are made with a process much like batik. The word "pysanky" comes from the Ukrainian word for "write," and that's precisely what you do to make one of these wonderful objects.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencils
  • white, raw eggs
  • Cardboard
  • Blow Dryers
  • Beeswax
  • Candles
  • Wide Rubber Bands
  • White Vinegar
  • Tablespoons
  • Facial Tissues
  • Kistky
  • Ukrainian Easter Egg Dyes
  • Finishing Nails
  • Allow a white, uncooked egg to reach room temperature.

  • Wipe the egg down with a solution of 1/2 c. water and 1 tsp. vinegar.

  • Dab the egg dry with a tissue.

  • Draw your design on the egg lightly with a pencil.

  • Hold the head of a "kistka" - a copper stylus - over a candle flame for a half-minute or so.

  • Use the heated kistka to scoop up a bit of beeswax.

  • Melt the wax in the kistka over the candle.

  • Draw the melted beeswax over the pencil design for the first color.

  • Put the egg into the lightest color dye for around 15 minutes.

  • Use a tablespoon to fish the egg out of the dye.

  • Dab, don't wipe, the egg dry.

  • Continue waxing and dyeing from lightest to darkest color dyes.

  • Hold the dried egg under a hair dryer to heat the wax. Wipe it off with a tissue when the wax looks wet.

  • Let the egg dry on a stand made from three finishing nails poked up through a piece of cardboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • The egg can be emptied once the dyeing is complete. Blow the egg out or use a syringe to suck the insides out.
  • Be sure the egg is flawless before you begin. Cracks and bumps will be very apparent when you begin dyeing.
  • Use a teaspoon of vinegar in the dye to make the colors bolder.
  • Use a wide rubber band wrapped around the egg to help draw a straight line when penciling on the design.
  • Boiled eggs spoil. Use only raw eggs.

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