How To Dye Easter Eggs With Food Coloring

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Learning how to dye Easter eggs with food coloring is an incredibly fun holiday tradition, and offers a great way to incorporate your children in the decoration process, as well as keep them entertained while you’re busy with other holiday chores. This year, try a variety of ways to dye your Easter eggs, from dipping them in homemade dye to stamping it with leaf designs. You’ll probably find yourself more entertained than you thought, and it gives your kids a chance to express their creativity and experiment with art.

How to Boil Eggs & Other Easter Egg Dying Tips

- Take white eggs (they hold the colors better) and place them into a saucepan filled with cold water, with the water at least 1 inch over eggs. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and let the eggs cook for 10 minutes. Remove the eggs and place in a bowl of cold water until cooled.

- An easy way to help you tell when the eggs are fully cooked is by spinning them. Take an egg out of the pan when you think it may be done. In the middle of your kitchen counter, spin the egg like you would a top or coin. If the egg easily spins on its axis, then the inside has cooked and is now solid. If the egg wobbles and spins slowly, moving around the counter, then the inside is still liquid.

- Have some slotted spoons and pasta tongs around as they make great tools for picking up the just dyed eggs, as well as for taking the hot eggs out of the boiling water.

- Once you have colored your eggs, you will want them to dry without interruption. Repurpose a common household item you normally throw away, and turn it into the perfect egg drier. Take an old paper towel roll and cut it into one-inch tall pieces, using each as a stand for an egg. You won't mind the color dripping on them and can throw them away when your decorating is done. You can also use and old egg carton, but sometimes the colors from the eggs drip onto each other. Try cutting up the egg carton to form individual slots for each egg to avoid the colors mixing.

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How To Dye Easter Eggs With Food Coloring

Making your own Easter egg dye is easy, as you can simply dye Easter eggs with food coloring. Place 1/4 teaspoon food coloring inside a bowl. Then add 3/4 cup of hot water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and mix well. Then, you simply add the boiled egg and when it reaches it's desired color pull it out and let it dry. It's that simple! You can always dip one half of an egg in one color and the other in another color to create dual colored eggs.

How To Tie-dye Easter Eggs

Place several white, hard-boiled eggs in a colander in the kitchen sink and splash them with white vinegar. Then, drip yellow food coloring on the eggs. Gently shake the colander to get the color to spread around each egg and let the color set for about 30 seconds. Then pick two other colors to do this process with, say green and blue or red and orange. The result will not only be those three colors, but ones created from the mixing of colors as well. After the last color has set, lightly rinse with water and air dry.

How To Make Melted Crayon Eggs

For this you want to take just boiled eggs from out of the pot and place it on the empty paper towel stand you cut, or else in an empty egg carton. Then begin coloring the egg with the crayon tips. The color, because of the heat, will melt and create a neat effect on the eggs. You can also grate some crayons while the eggs boil and then drizzle the gratings on the egg to create a speckled effect. When you are done, let them dry for about an hour.

How To Make Leaf Eggs

Take a small leaf and lay it on the egg and then place a nylon stocking around it so the leaf stays in place. Pull together both open ends of the stocking and place a rubber band on it so it stays in place. Submerge the egg in the food coloring and allow it to sit for about 4 minutes. Use a spoon to remove the egg and place it on a work surface. Then remove the rubber band, nylon and leaf and allow it to sit and dry.

Easter Egg Design Tips

- Stickers. In addition to taking dye to the eggs to create fun color patterns you can also add design to the colored eggs with stickers. Maybe your child loves Hello Kitty and wants to adorn their eggs with a set of new stickers, so wait until the eggs dry and add them – just make sure they are small enough to stick on the egg without popping up.

- Glitter. Once you have added dye you may want to add some sparkle – either all over the egg or just to the base or the top (a tiara effect). Take some clear glue and add it to the desired area and then sprinkle the colored glitter on and voila, you have a sparkle Easter egg.

- Stencil. There are a lot of stencil shapes that are great for creating images on your eggs. Whether your child choses shapes like hearts and stars, or images like bunnies and dogs, you can stencil on your hard-boiled egg to create fun images.

Dying Easter eggs is a fun and simple process. Just hard boil your eggs, allow them to cool, then dip them in the coloring of your choice. Add decorations once the eggs are dry to give yours an even more personalized touch.

Last Updated: March 15, 2012
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About Leah Gillis Leah Gillis has worked for several major news outlets, as well as a television series on home buying and decor. Having grown up in New England, she has lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Milan. When not trying to get a great deal, she is often found reading something, writing something or talking to someone.

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