Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter Egg Dye

Growing up, one of our Easter traditions was to color Easter eggs.  We usually bought the dye kits from the store; however, it is very easy to make your own egg dye at home.  There are ways to dye eggs using only natural coloring, but I didn't have the time or ingredients to do that, so here's the food coloring/dye version.

Easter Egg Dye (recipe is per color)
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 cup water
30 drops food coloring
Hard boiled eggs

Combine vinegar, water, and food coloring.  Depending on how intense you'd like your colors, use more or less than 30 drops.

Place egg in dye; let sit for a few minutes.

Remove egg from dye and allow to dry completely.

If you have food dye, you can use that instead of food coloring.  Just start with a small amount and gradually add more dye until the desired shade is reached .

When you buy an egg dyeing kit, it comes with a handy little gadget to put your eggs into the dye and to get them out again.  I used a regular spoon and my fingers.  A slotted spoon would work even better.  Kits also usually contain little holders on which to place the eggs to dry.  You can simply use the carton the eggs came in or cut a strip of paper, make a loop, staple it, and set the egg on top of it.

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