April 21, 2011

Glue Batik Easter Fabric

I am so thrilled with our first attempt at glue batik.  Batik fabrics are usually created using wax and fabric dyes.  We used a simplified version I found at That Artist Woman which uses blue gel school glue and acrylic paints.  The kids had a fun time making their Easter designs ( spread over two days ) and the end result is really pretty.  After all the artwork pieces were finished, I made them into this really Easy Easter Table Runner.

First, our Easter Egg Glue Batik creations!

Next, the process we used to make them.

Here's what you need:
Here's what to do:
1.  Because we were doing Easter eggs, I drew an egg shape on a piece of paper under our fabric to use as a guideline.  You can do that with any shape or design, or just do a freehand design.

2.  Using the glue, outline your shape then fill it in with your pattern of choice.  Wherever there is glue will stay white, so keep that in mind when deciding how thick or thin to make your glue line and what areas to cover.

3.  Once your design is complete, take your fabric off the paper you used as a guideline and put it on waxed paper.  Set aside to dry completely (overnight worked for us)

4.  When the glue has dried, get ready to paint!  I put down pieces of waxed paper, then watered down regular acrylic paints. It was easy to paint on and gave a cool watercolor effect on the fabric.  ( I didn't measure, but I'd say roughly half paint and half water, maybe a little more paint).

He was a little reluctant at first, but ended up really enjoying it.

5.  You can paint right over the dried lines of glue to cover your whole panel.

6.  When finished, set your panel aside and let the paint dry all the way.

Drying outside.

7.  Next, fill the sink or a bucket with warm, almost hot, water.  Soak your fabric pieces, then rub to get the glue off.  You'll see the paint that was on top of the glue come off first, then rub a little more to get all the glue off.  ( I found that the sections that still had glue on them felt slippery, once the glue was off you could feel the difference.  I used an old toothbrush to rub off any stubborn spots of glue. )

Rinsing off the glue and excess paint.

8.  That's it!  Wring out your fabric and hang to dry or pop it in the dryer.  Then use it to make something special.

Isn't it cool?


  1. Awesome!!! I can't wait to try this with my kids!

  2. Great project! I will definitely have to try!

  3. These are so awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love how these turned out! I want to try this method!

  5. Fun...I've never seen that before :) I love your blog design!


  6. Lovely tutorial! I love how you replaced the wax with glue!

  7. We made t-shirts last Summer using this technique, and they were awesome! I love the idea of making something cute and seasonal like this - maybe a banner or special pillows. Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. Great Craft! Just featured it on Craft Gossip...I am due to have a baby anytime this weekend, so I'm glad I checked my computer and got your tutorial in! Happy Easter!

  9. This is SO cool, I love it! Come see my frozen egg sensory table project at bookwormfun.blogspot.com ; maybe you'll like it, too. :)

  10. I love That Artist Woman!! This looks like such a great project! Perfect for Easter Eggs : )

  11. This is a fantastic idea for the kiddos. I have seen some other glue projects and forgotten how much of that stuff I used as a kid! I'd like to invite you to share this at my VIP party this weekend. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-12.html

  12. Yes - very cool!! I love projects that involve my kids, and this one turns out beautifully. This would be great for any holiday -and since it is so inexpensive, you really could do it over and over again. (My daughter LOVES to paint. She would want to make about 100 of them.)
    Thaks for sharing!

  13. I love this! I went out last night and bought everything to make these with my three kids. I have a Mother's Day gift in mind. I will send you the pics when we are done!
    robertjenny @ comcast.net

  14. I love looking at your projects! They are so cute and so fun!! Jenny aka mommyofbellana ;)

  15. Keeping this in mind to do with my sons...Great idea!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday...Hope to see more of your ideas this week!

  16. I can't wait to try this one! Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Friday! I've featured you this week! Hope to have you back to link up this week!

    :)rachel http://SunScholars.blogspot.com

  17. Very cool, my kids are going to love it.I found it on Sew Can Do

  18. Ok... I'm totally BUMMED! I was so ready to do this for a party activity for my daughter's birthday tomorrow, and couldn't find the glue ANYWHERE at Walmart. I have some at home, but not enough. Ugh. Plan B I guess... and definitely one for the future! That is... if I can find the glue!

  19. What a cool project! We will definitely try this out soon...


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