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6 Different Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

The Easter bunny will be hopin' to a neighborhood near you pretty soon, which means that it is time to stock up on Easter supplies! This year, I am really looking forward to getting crafty with my kids, more specifically with egg dying. We, of course, have done the traditional egg dying kits with vinegar, however this year I am looking to switch things up a bit. With just a few supplies, you can be creative and make memories with your children in time for the Easter bunny's arrival, so follow the directions for these fun and different ways to dye and decorate Easter eggs!

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Hawaiian Punch® Packets

  • Plastic Cups

  • Spoon

  • Water

  • Hard-Boiled Eggs

Using Hawaiian Punch® packets and water, dye your Easter eggs in fun and vibrant colors! Simply grab a spoonful of the Hawaiian Punch® mixture and pour over your eggs.​​​​​​​

Cool Whip Easter Eggs Here’s what you need:

  • Vinegar

  • Cool Whip – 1L tub, if using more bowls you may need 2

  • Liquid Food Coloring – we like this brand of food coloring because it’s concentrated and will give you more vibrant colors

  • Eggs (6 if doing one of each color)

  • Small Bowls or Container

  • Rubber Gloves or Disposable Gloves

Separate the cool whip in to small bowls, and the 2-3 food coloring drops into each bowl Using a toothpick (you can also use a fork), swirl the food coloring so that it doesn’t fully mix in. You want a swirl effect so that when you dip the egg in, it will leave a swirl/marble effect on your egg. Wearing gloves dip and roll the egg until it’s fully covered. Let sit for up to 10 minutes. The longer it sits, the more color that will transfer.

Here's What You Will Need:

  • Baking soda

  • Vinegar

  • Powdered tempera paint

  • Tongs

  • Containers

  • Hard boiled eggs

  • **Powdered paint is not safe to consume, so if you peel you eggs and notice any color on them, do not eat them.**

If you've ever played with baking soda and vinegar before, you know how fascinating kids find it. You will need a container of baking soda for each color you will be using. Pour in some baking soda so that the bottom of the container is covered. Next, add in the powdered tempera paint. We used a tablespoon of powdered paint. Mix until the paint and baking soda are thoroughly combined. Have your child gently place a hard boiled egg into the container with the baking soda and paint. Pour some vinegar in a small cup and then gave it to your child to slowly poured it into the container. Watch how amazed they are when they see what happened! Remove the eggs with some tongs and placed them in an egg carton to dry. When they are dried, some of the paint will leave speckles and have an interesting texture to the eggs. Baking soda Easter eggs are easy to make and the results are always different.

Here's What You Will Need:

  • Boiled Eggs

  • Everclear (like from the package store)

  • Food Coloring

  • Precision Tip Applicator Bottles (can also use empty squeeze bottles from the travel section at the grocery store)

  • Acrylic Craft Felt

  • Alcohol Ink Applicator

  • Metallic Candy Paint Brush (save a pretty penny… use a 40% off coupon at Michael’s and get one for $6)

To make edible alcohol inks you need a fairly small ratio of food coloring to a large ratio of everclear alcohol. I would start with 10-15 drops of food coloring for darker colors to half an ounce of alcohol. For lighter colors, like yellow, you’ll need closer to 30 drops for half an ounce of edible alcohol ink.

By using an alcohol with a much higher proof and therefore larger percentage of alcohol, you get an egg dye that evaporates much, much more quickly.

I’d suggest purchasing everclear from your local package store in the highest proof you can for your budget. The better the quality the more your edible alcohol ink will act more like a traditional ink, including giving you some gorgeous cells when overlapped.

Drip a few dots of edible alcohol ink onto a piece of acrylic felt. Place the felt onto the egg’s shell and pull the felt straight away. Try to not shake the felt on the surface of the egg to get nice, defined splotches of ink with each daub.

Here's What You Will Need:

  • Boiled Eggs

  • Food Coloring

  • White Vinegar

  • Empty Squirt Bottles OR Eye Dropper and Small Bowls

  • Paper Towels OR Squares of Fabric from an Old Tee Shirt

  • Rubber Bands

  • Sandwich Bags (the open folding bags are cheap and work just fine)

  • Protection for Work Surface and Gloves

  • Vegetable Oil

Just Like Tie Dying Shirts, you will start with making your Egg Dye, see the above link for the best ways to do this. Soak your paper towel or cloth in vinegar, wring out so it is not dripping. Next cover the egg with the towel and wrap with rubber bands. Just like on a tie dyed tee shirt, the folds and creases will help to keep the dye from settling on the surface of the eggs in these places. This gives you spidery white areas that make tie dye POP!

Apply small dots of dye using your applicator bottles or eye dropper around the surface of the egg.

Continue adding color to your egg, a few drops at a time. See how the colors are slightly blending into one another but there is still really defined yellow, red and blue? This is exactly what you want so that your eggs don’t look like a muddy brown.

Place your egg in a sandwich bag and spin to close. Wrap a rubber band around the closed off area keeping as much air out of the bag as possible. Give your eggs time to let the dye set ,want to eat your eggs? Refrigerate for 12-24 hours. If you’re not worried about eggs being edible, they don’t need to be refrigerated. In warmer conditions, like on a table at room temperature, the dye will work more quickly. These eggs need to only rest 4-8 hours depending on how saturated you want the colors to be.

Here's What You Will Need:

  • Hardboiled Eggs

  • Oil (Vegetable, Canola, or any oil will work)

  • Food Coloring (Assorted Colors)

  • Small Bowls

Fill bowl with water, depending on the size of your bowls, you’ll want enough water for about two-thirds of the egg to be covered. Add 6-8 drops of food coloring to each bowl and mix. Add one Tablespoon of oil into each bowl. Place one egg into each bowl. With a spoon, spoon the water/oil mixture over the egg and let sit for about 10 minutes. Then roll the egg so it turns over and let sit for another 5-10 minutes. Take out and lay on paper towels. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe off each egg with additional paper towels.

Wishing You a Happy EASTER!!
xo Stefani

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