Every year I have ask my aunt to remind me how to dye our Easter eggs, since I get so confused with all the different methods online. This Easter egg dye recipe is super simple and doesn’t use boiling water so it’s safe around my kids. This method is so easy, yet it’s a super effective way to dye or decorate Easter eggs for your Easter egg hunt.
You’ll need to boil your eggs and allow them to cool enough for little hands to hold beforehand. White eggs will show the most brilliant colors. Boiling eggs is really easy: just add eggs to a pot and fill with water until water reaches a point about two inches above the top of the eggs. Once the water begins to form bubbles at the bottom of the pan, set the timer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and transfer to cold water. Set on a towel to dry and cool. Older eggs tend to peel better than super fresh eggs, so keep that in mind for after your Easter egg hunt. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, here’s How to Dye Easter Eggs:
HOW TO DYE EASTER EGGS
- White vinegar
- Liquid food dye
- 12 or so boiled eggs (do NOT peel)
- Small bowls or mason jars
- Paper towels or old kitchen towel to set eggs on to dry
The first thing you want to do is decide how many different colors you want to dye your eggs. For instance, if you want to dye eggs red, purple, yellow, green, and blue, then you will need 5 small bowls.
Next, in each small bowl you will want to add vinegar to water at a 1:3 ratio. So, for every 1/3 cup of vinegar you are going to add 2/3 cup of water. There is no need to boil your water. That is why I love this Easter egg dye recipe so much! One less thing to do and I don’t have to worry about my kid getting burned by hot water.
Now it is time to add liquid food dye to the vinegar and water mixture. Most of the packages of food dye will have instructions on the back that tell you how many drops of each color you will need to dye eggs. Give it a quick stir.
BASIC EASTER EGG DYE COLORS:
- Red: 16 drops red
- Blue: 20 drops
- Yellow: 20 drops
- Orange: 12 drops yellow and 6 drops red
- Teal: 14 drops blue and 4 drops green
- Purple: 15 drops red and 5 drops blue
- Green: 16 drops green
Place boiled egg in dye mixture and allow it to sit for a few minutes. The longer you allow it to set, the deeper the color will dye the egg. You can use a spoon to turn your egg.
Allow to drain on paper towels or an old kitchen towel.
Now it’s time to have your Easter egg hunt with homemade dyed Easter eggs!
DIFFERENT IDEAS FOR DECORATING EGGS:
- Tie Dye Eggs: Take rubber bands and wrap them around your egg. We found that the thicker bands worked better. You can then either dip the eggs into the dye whole, or you can use a medicine dropper to put the dye into specific sections you are interested in dying (making an almost stained glass effect). The result of dipping the whole egg are some stripes – looks very “modern”. Be careful to not crack your egg.
- Batik Easter Eggs: Take tacky glue or blue gel school glue and dot the egg. When the glue is dry you can then dye the egg by dipping the whole egg into the water, or you can use a dropper to drip specific areas of your egg. I love the way these circles turned out!
- Humpty Dumpty Egg: Dip half of your egg in one color and the top half in another color leaving a band of white in the middle. You can make Humpty Dumpty! Draw a face and viola! Your own “Egg Man.” Read the nursery rhyme…and, if you are really adventurous, use a non-boiled egg and crack it! My kids thought that was great!
- Speckled Eggs: To make a speckled egg, we added some drops of regular food coloring to Paas dye pills. They do not mix well together. The result was some speckling and I loved it! We mixed some of our dyes this way and left the others plain. What happened when we added red food coloring to the blue dye? Bright purple speckles, the red speckles on the orange were not so bright, nor was red on yellow, but we had fun experimenting.
- Learning Colors: Teach kids about primary and secondary colors. We discovered that mixing the brilliant red with a touch of yellow made a bright orange color. Remember that yellow and blue makes green, and red and blue make purple.
- Paint Your Egg: For a fun watercolor effect, use a paintbrush to add dye to boiled eggs. Kids will have fun painting their eggs!
- Drip Dye Eggs: Using the medicine dropper, drip a color onto your egg (we used orange on one egg and blue on another). Then drop another color over it. What happens to the colors? Ours separated and mixed in some areas making a really fun tie-dyed look.