How to Dye Not So Ordinary Easter Eggs

Thursday, April 09, 2009

I think dyeing Easter Eggs is about the most fun you can have with food dye, but I like to spice it up a bit. And while I think it would be nice to make some like these, that's just not a feasible craft to finish up in an afternoon especially if you want to do this with kids. 

Just start out with however many eggs you want to dye. I blew mine out, so I could display them. I always think it's a shame to just boil the eggs and then leave them in the fridge until Easter Sunday. You can do either - boiled or blown (instructions here). While I was taking care of the eggs, the kids went outside and found some small leaves and plant clippings.

Just cut off some pantyhose to make a little sack. If you are like me, and haven't worn pantyhose since your 8th grade dance, just make a quick trip to the dollar store and grab the cheapest ones you can find - you'll only need one pair. Tuck the egg and leaf into the little sack and rubber band it shut. 

Here's mine - they look like a bunch of hoodlum eggs about to go knock over a convenience store, don't they?

Place the eggs into cups of dye (1/2 C boiling water + 1 tsp vinegar + 20-40 drops of food dye). You could use those prepackaged dye kits, but we all know how I feel about prepackaged kits, don't we?
**Note to Kate... don't use your hands to pull the eggs out otherwise you end up with Incredible Hulk hands.

After letting the eggs dry I like to polish them up to make them shiny. Just use a little Crisco or vegetable oil and rub it all over the egg, then rub on a towel to remove the oil. I love to shine the eggs in front of the kids because they get so excited because it really brings out the colors.

We did some eggs solid and some "botanical" ones. You'll notice that the fern leaf worked the best (the yellow one). I also had good luck with a clipping from some Dusty Miller.  If you try this out, I'd love to hear how it goes! 

How will you dye your eggs? Anyone try rubber bands? I might tackle that one next year... 

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