How to Dye Easter Eggs

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Easter Eggs

Last updated on August 4th, 2019

Creating beautiful and colorful eggs is a fun Easter activity for families to do together. Learn how to dye the prettiest Easter eggs with these easy steps.

What You’ll Need

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Paper towel or newspaper
  • Bowl or cup deep enough to completely submerge an egg
  • Tongs, egg dipper, or slotted spoon
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Liquid food coloring (about 20 drops per color)

Steps

  1. Start with cool hard-boiled eggs.
  2. Protect your surface by covering with a sheet of newspaper or paper towel.

  3. Fill container with the mixture of water, vinegar, and food coloring.

  4. Place egg on spoon and dunk, turning occasionally so both sides get color. Keep in liquid for up to 5 minutes, leave in longer for a darker hue.

  5. Carefully remove the egg and set aside to dry.

If you’re using a store-bought kit, simply follow the instructions on the package.

Special Effects

  • For spattered eggs, dip egg in a base color and let dry. Dip a clean toothbrush in a contrasting liquid color and carefully flick bristles with your fingers to make paint splatter onto egg.
  • For marbleized eggs, coat eggs with a base color and let dry. Mix canola or other light cooking oil into another color of dye (1 teaspoon oil per cup of dye) and quickly dunk eggs. The oil will repel color in some places and the dye will adhere in others, creating a marbled effect.