We loved dyeing Easter eggs as kids! We still do! When we were little, our Mom got the Paas kit with the fizzy dye tablets. We remember the box had perforated circles so you could make it into a drying rack. So clever! We posted our Easter egg how-to last year for Easter, but since we have so many new followers, we thought we’d share it again. Don’t want anyone to miss it!
We loved that Paas kit, but did you know you can dye Easter eggs with food coloring? We’ll show you how. And you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen. We’ll also show you our favorite way to decorate the Easter eggs – using crayon resist.
Here’s a video we made showing all the steps to make the dyes, dye the eggs, and decorate the eggs. Follow along with the video, then use the instructions below to dye and decorate your own Easter eggs. So fun!
How To Dye And Decorate Easter Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs (see our recipe below)
Food coloring: yellow, red, blue, and green
Vaseline (or any petroleum jelly)
Cups to mix the dye in (one for each color you want)
Egg dipper like the Paas wire egg-dipper, a plastic pasta fork, or bacon tongs
Popsicle or craft sticks
1. To make the dye, pour ½ cup water (room-temperature ) and 3 tablespoons white vinegar into a cup. Add 20 drops of food coloring and stir with a Popsicle stick. Repeat to make red, yellow, green, and blue dyes, using a new cup and a new Popsicle stick for each color.
Recipe For Easter Egg Dye
½ Cup water
3 Tablespoons vinegar
20 Drops of food coloring
2. To mix your own color, like orange, follow the recipe in step 1 but use 10 drops of red food coloring and 10 drops of yellow food coloring. Stir with a craft stick.
3. To dye the eggs, place a cooled, hard-boiled egg into one of the dyes using your tongs (or any other egg dipper tool). Leave the egg in the dye for 1-2 minutes to get a light color or 3 minutes to get a more vibrant color. (Leaving the egg in longer kind of pickles the shell and doesn’t look good.) Turn the egg with the craft stick so the egg dyes evenly.
Remove the egg with the tongs and place it on a bottle cap (face the open end of the bottle cap up). The bottle cap will hold the egg upright while it dies and it won’t leave any marks on your egg! Let the egg dry.
4. To decorate the eggs using crayon resist, draw all over a white, yellow, or other light-colored egg with a crayon, making swirls, dots, stripes, or zigzags. (Don’t press so hard that you crack your egg!
Place the egg in a different color dye (use a darker color for the second dye bath for best results.) Leave the egg in the dye for 2 minutes, then remove from the dye and place on a bottle cap to dry.
5. To polish the eggs, smear petroleum jelly all over the shell. Gently buff the egg with a paper towel until the crayon wipes away and your design shows through. Use this same technique to polish solid-colored eggs.
Vinegar in the dye will give you bright colors. For more traditional colors use lemon juice instead. Or for very light pastels, try adding the food coloring to just plain water.
How To Hard Boil Eggs
1. Place eggs in a saucepan or pot. Cover the eggs with water and heat until the water boils.
2. Turn off the heat, cover the pan with a lid, and let sit for 15 minutes.
3. Cool the eggs by running them under cold water. Dry the eggs. (Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.)
Did you decorate Easter eggs when you were little? Have you ever tried crayon resist? Let us know in the comments! And if you dye some eggs, we’d love to hear about it.
Jennifer & Kitty
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