Growing up, I had the tradition of dying eggs to make colorful Easter landscapes across the dining room table. Now, I get to pass along a beloved childhood memory to my own boys. This year, instead of buying the typical dye kit from the grocer, I opted for a homemade dye recipe that turned out oh-so colorfully.
Taking your hard-boiled eggs, fill plastic cups with 2/3 cup water and 1-2 Tablespoons of vinegar. Mix in 5-10 drops of your favorite food coloring. For easy clean-up, I used plasticware for stirring and dipping the eggs.
My little helper – this easy-to-do project is lots of fun for the kids!
Depending on how deep you want the colors to be, leave the eggs in the dye for 1-2 minutes for light color, and 3-5 minutes for a deeper color. This time we stuck with mostly primaries (red – which turns out pink, blue, yellow and green) but with food coloring, it’s easy to mix the dyes to create colors like orange and purple too.
He’s so proud of the work he’s done! I will note that we used brown eggs, so the colors turned out a little different than usual. So if you want bright, bold colors, opt for the white eggs.
*Note: Be sure to cover your work surface with either newspaper or parchment paper as the food coloring will leave an intense stain on any surface! (I learned this the hard way.) I also made simple paper stands for the eggs to sit out and dry.
I think tomorrow we may add a little sparkle to these eggs to give them new pizzazz! Keep an eye out for the finished centerpiece later this week!