How To Dye Easter Eggs With Food Coloring
This is the ultimate easy guide to dyeing Easter eggs with food coloring. No need to head to the store to buy expensive egg-dying kits. This tutorial will show you the step-by-step method to creating bright, bold Easter eggs using simple ingredients in your kitchen. To make things easier for you, I’ve also created a, Easter egg dyeing template that is available to you in my free resource library. (To request the password, click here)
Dyeing Easter eggs is one of my favorite traditions for Easter. I used to love doing as a kid, and I still feel exact same way now as a mom.
After my daughter was born, I ended up purchasing one of those egg dyeing kits at the grocery store. Big mistake - the kit was overpriced for all the crappy materials that were inside. And the results were very disappointing.
Don’t forget to also get your free printable of the instructions and recipe to use while buying supplies and dyeing eggs with the kids!
Last year I tried the homemade method of using food coloring with a little bit of vinegar. It was so easy! The results were beautiful as I got bolder colors, and there was more room to experiment and play. I think that Easter eggs dyed with food coloring look way better and I will never go back to using a store bought kit.
So, let me show you just how easy it is to create your own homemade Easter eggs using food coloring as your dye. I also created an Easter egg dyeing template that is available in my free resource library. (if you don’t already have the password, you can click here)
Looking for a cute Easter craft to do with the kids? Try the Easter bunny and chick craft!
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR DYEING EASTER EGGS WITH FOOD COLORING:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DYEING EASTER EGGS WITH FOOD COLORING:
First, hard boil your eggs an let them cool completely. I prefer to do this this night before and store them in the fridge.
Protect your table from any messes and spills with something waterproof (I use a waterproof shower curtain). Add paper towels or newspaper.
Fill each container with 1/2 cup tap water (or enough water to cover each egg), 1 Tablespoon of vinegar, and approximately 20 drops of food coloring. Use my Egg Dyeing with Food Coloring Chart above for examples. Basically, the more food coloring you add, the deeper the colors will be. So you can always add more or less if you want.
Gently place each egg in the dye mixture using a spoon or tongs. Turn once or twice to allow for more even dye coverage. Leave in the dye for anywhere between 5-30 minutes, depending on how dark you want the color to be.
Carefully remove each egg and place on paper towels and let them dry.
DYEING EASTER EGGS WITH FOOD COLORING TIPS:
I recommend hard boiling your eggs the night before you’re ready to dye them. It’s important that you let your eggs cool completely before you dye them. Store them in the fridge overnight so they’re ready to go the next day.
Food coloring is safe to use, but it will stain your hands and clothing. Make sure your kids are dressed in old clothes in case any spills happen. I didn’t use gloves when I dyed my Easter eggs, so my hands were stained for the rest of the day. But it was all gone the next day.
Gently stir your eggs around to get a more even coverage
The longer you leave your eggs in the dye, the richer your color will be. I left majority of my eggs in the dye mixture for 20-30 minutes.
Play with different materials to create surface patterns like wax crayons, elastics, stickers, and dipping eggs in different colors.
Using brown eggs will give you different results than white eggs! For example, reds and pinks generally show up much richer on brown eggs. It would be a great experiment to try a mixture of brown and white eggs to see how the colors will change.
SURFACE PATTERN IDEAS FOR DYED EASTER EGGS WITH FOOD COLORING:
Try all of these techniques before you dip the eggs in to the dyes. They will add fun surface patterns. Make sure your egg is fully dry before your remove any of these materials to prevent color bleeding.
Elastics: Wrapping elastics around your eggs will give a fun striped effect. Experiment with how many you add to see how the results change.
White Crayon: Draw with a crayon before you dip it into the dye. The wax from the crayon will act like a resist, leaving a beautiful pattern once you dye them.
Stickers: Stickers will leave fun shapes on the egg. Try circles for polka dots, heart shapes or anything else you have a home! You can also use scotch tape to create big stripes.
Ombre Dip Dyeing: Try an ombre effect by dipping your egg completely for only a couple of minutes. Then remove half of the dye liquid from the glass and dye for another 5-10 minutes.
Dyeing Easter eggs with food coloring is so simple! And in this ultimate guide, I’ve shown you the easy step-by-step method to creating bold, colorful eggs using simple ingredients in your kitchen. Now that you know just how easy it is to dye Easter eggs with food coloring, you can start a new tradition of making beautiful eggs with your own family!
Happy Easter friends!
For more Easter fun, try the Easter bunny and chick craft.