Cross Craft Using Leftover Easter Egg Dye- With Pictures!

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This is one of my favorite crafts we’ve ever done, and is sure to become an Easter tradition in our home! You can make these simple crosses using leftover Easter egg dye. It’s a craft celebrating the true meaning of Easter, and it’s so much fun! You can find all of my cross crafts for kids here. Now let me show you how to make this cross craft using leftover Easter egg dye– one of my favorite kid crafts of all time!

craft easter crosses with leftover egg dye

Supplies Needed:

  • Plain White Paper Towels- no patterns!
  • Leftover Easter Egg Dye (or some food color and vinegar)
  • Scissors

Yep, that’s it. 🙂 If you don’t have leftover egg dye, just put a little food color, water, and a few tablespoons of vinegar in a cup. It’s not rocket science.

It always seems like such a waste to dump out the leftover Easter egg dye. Likewise, the more kids you have, the less and less eggs they each get to dye. I mean, how many boiled eggs can we be expected to eat for goodness sakes?! So what to do with them when you’re out of eggs and everyone is still in a crafty mood? This, of course! 😉

First, you need to learn how to make make easy fold-and-snip-crosses out of paper towels. The kind of paper towel you get is important. You need plain white paper towels, and it’s better to get the kind that tear off into smaller rectangles rather than the giant squares. If all you can find are the square kind, you can cut them into rectangles before beginning.

how to make a cross from a paper towel

First, bring the bottom right corner up, line up the left edges, and fold.

fold and snip cross

Next, bring up the bottom left corner up, line up the diagonal line, and fold.

magic cross craft

Then, bring the whole bottom triangle up, and fold.

Now take your entire paper towel and fold it in half vertically.

cut and fold a cross

All you have left to do it make one snip on the right edge…

cutting a cross

That’s it. Unfold and…

cutting a magic cross

Voila! You have a cross!

cross from paper towel- cross craft for kids

Now, here’s the fun part! Before you unfold your cross, dip the different corners into your egg dye to “tie dye” your crosses.

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crafting with leftover easter egg dye

crafting with easter egg dye- make crosses

Once it’s been dipped, unfold to reveal a beautiful “tie dyed” cross!

This one unfolds to become…

tie dying crosses

This beautiful cross!!!

easy easter craft- true meaning of easter

The kids had a blast making these! My 7 and 5 year old were able to do this on their own, my 3 year old needed help folding and cutting before she started to dip. They had so much fun I was running out of space for the crosses to dry- lol!

craft tie dyed crosses from leftover easter egg dye

You can make more intricate patterns by folding them in half again before you start dipping. I loved some of the designs we were so easily able to create!

tie dyed cross craft

tie dye a cross for easter

Allow them to dry flat. Look at this lovely stack of ours once they are all dry!

tie dye with paper towels- leftover easter egg dye

Once they’re dry, you can hang  them in  your window with little pieces of clear tape. The sun shines through them like stained glass- they really are beautiful!

easter cross craft from leftover egg dye- tie dyed stained glass look

stained glass paper towel cross craft

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  1. Is there a tutorial including pictures for this? I’m a bit confused over the folding part and would love to see the end results, too.


  2. Michaeleen says

    I just got this and can’t wait to try it! But the links aren’t working/displaying correctly, FYI. Watching for the fix!

  3. are there supposed to be pix? I am SO dependent on pix to make a craft work!!! This sounds very cute – and more importantly – simple. Looking forward to doing it.

  4. We did this activity in my Religious class today, what a great idea. I’m just waiting for them to dry so we can stick them to the window. Thanks for all your ideas!

  5. About to do this craft with a group of mixed-age kiddos this morning! Can’t wait to see the results!

    • It’s the perfect craft for a mixed age group- one of my favorites actually! Have fun!

  6. This worked great! Great idea! Thanks!

  7. Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas. I was looking for simple, fun ideas to keep pointing my kids back to Jesus tomorrow as we celebrate Easter!

  8. We just did this with our 4 and 2 year old. It was a great activity, because everyone gets pretty results. Can’t wait until they dry and I can hang them in the window. Thank You!

  9. Suzanne Lesser says

    Looked for something to do with “leftover Easter egg coloring water” and found your delightful idea! My 8 year old loved it! Thanks for sharing. Happy Easter 2018!

  10. Does the dye not leave your hands colorful?