Easter Egg Dyeing Tips & Tricks
Dying techniques have come a long way since we were kids. I’ll be hitting the thrift store in search of silk ties and blouses to use. It’s been shown that the more kids learn about vegetables the likelier they are to eat them. How about using vegetables as a natural dye for your eggs this year? Here are a few fun decorating tips you can use when dying eggs with your family this year.
Decorate without Dye
Do you love decorating your house for Easter, but hate the mess of dyes? This year try a few new ideas like adding stickers to your eggs. Simply hard boil your eggs as usual, let them cool then add fun sparkly stickers or create fun faces on your eggs. Adding a little sparkle to your eggs can really help brighten up your house this Easter. Another fun trick is to use fun candy treats to add something special to your eggs. Get small candies like Jelly Beans, gum drops, sprinkles and chocolate covered candies, you can attach them to your eggs with chocolate.
Use Natural Dyes
Organic living is filled with naturally produced dies and colors. These dies are found in some of our favorite foods! This year help teach your kids about healthy eating while having a little family fun. These vegetables create different colored dies, what colors do you want to die your eggs this year? Mix and match the vegetable colors to offer a variety of colors for your eggs. To color eggs naturally mix the natural ingredient with a teaspoon of vinegar and bring them to a boil. Allow the eggs to sit in the mixture for 20-30 minutes or longer if you desire a darker shade on your eggs.
- Tea or Coffee = Brown/Tan
- Onion Skin = Yellow, Red, Purple hue
- Beets = Dark purple
- Red Cabbage = Purple/Blue
- Turmeric or Saffron = Yellow
- Grape Juice or Dark Grapes = Lavender
- Blueberries = Blue hue
- Spinach = Green hue
- Dandelions = Yellowish color
- Orange/lemon peels = yellow
- Shredded Carrots = Yellow/Orange
Buy Dyeing Kits
For a simple dyeing solution head over to your local grocery store or retailer to purchase an Easter egg dyeing kit. These kits are generally inexpensive and can include everything you need for dyeing Easter eggs. Remember to work over newspapers or the sink so you prevent the dye from staining your counters or tables. Buying dyeing kits can be an easy way to have your kids jump right in and start dyeing and decorating eggs! This year try putting electrical tape on your eggs then dyeing them in multiple colors, when you take the electrical tape off of the eggs you will have a fun plaid print on your eggs. You can also put stickers on the white eggs before dyeing then dip the eggs in dye. After the eggs have dried remove the stickers and you will have fun designs on the egg.
Different Fun Techniques
If you’re tired of always trying the same old dyeing techniques, here are a few fun ideas to try this year to give your Easter eggs a new twist. Create Crayola eggs by melting your favorite Crayola crayon colors and designing your eggs. To try this at home simply boil the eggs as usual, then pop them into a 350 degree oven. Once the eggs are hot pull them out with tongs and press your favorite Crayola crayon colors against the hot eggs. Put as many colors as you like on the eggs and get creative when designing.
Try using Kool-Aid as an egg dye! The fun pouches and different colors are cost effective and create brightly colored eggs for your kids this year. It’s especially nice since each packet of Kool-Aid only costs about $1 so it’s a budget friendly way to die Easter eggs this year. Another fun option is to use water colors to paint your eggs, this is simple and you can create custom designs on your eggs then use them as a fun center piece for your Easter table this year.
Steps to Dye Easter Eggs:
You will need:
- 12 Eggs
- ½ teaspoon of salt
Step 1. Hard boil your eggs
Fill a large stock pot with cold water, carefully place your eggs in a single layer on the bottom. Bring to a boil a gentle boil for one minute. Remove pot from heat, cover, and let eggs stand for 12 minutes (longer if you like your eggs extra hard). Remove from water, and set eggs out to cool completely.
Step 2. Prepare your dye
Lay newspaper over your workspace. Set up your workstation with different bowls for each color. For mixed colors, follow the instructions on the food coloring box or experiment. Remember to have the colors close together to make dyeing easier.
Step 3. Jazz up your eggs
For more stylish eggs take this time to set up your eggs either with fun colors, ribbons or crayons. If you’re creating a plaid design or one with stickers and die this would be the time to add tape and stickers before dyeing the eggs.
Step 4. Dye the eggs
Immerse the eggs and spoon the dye over them until you reach your desired color. Remove them to an empty egg container to dry, turning them occasionally so that the excess dye won’t settle in one place.