Will you be dyeing eggs this weekend or next week as a festive Easter activity with the family? If so, here’s a super simple recipe for homemade Easter egg dye (no need to buy an egg dyeing kit at the store when you most likely have all the supplies you need at home!) and some creative tips to make the whole process fun and easy!
Also, be sure to check out my Tips for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs!
Combine in a small cup or bowl:
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- about 20 drops food coloring
Leaving the hard-boiled egg in the dye for under 5 minutes will create lighter hues, while leaving the egg in for 5-10 minutes will create darker colors.
Mask eggs with stickers, tape, and rubber bands before dyeing. Look around the house for any small stickers and rubber bands you may already have on hand. Cutting painter’s tape with scrapbooking scissors and wrapping the egg is another fun masking technique. Below, I’ve used binder reinforcement stickers to create different patterns.
Ombre Dyed Easter Eggs– Create these pretty eggs by filling a small cup of dye so it covers only the bottom third of the egg. After 5 minutes add water until it hits a the top third of the egg. After 3 minutes, pour more water until it covers egg completely and after a few minutes you’ll have three shades of the same color.
Make an easy drying rack for eggs to avoid the puddles or rings at the bottom of dyed eggs. Draw a one inch grid on a piece of foam board and stick pins or toothpicks in each corner. It supports the eggs for drying and can be re-used next year!
Easter egg dyeing tip with kids: For less mess, consider using a whisk, spaghetti server, or kitchen tongs for dipping eggs. You could also try using a large muffin pan instead of cups or bowls.