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How to Dye Easter Eggs

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Instructions:

  1. Place eggs into a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover the eggs by one inch. Bring the water to a boil on high heat, then remove pan from heat and let stand for 12 minutes.
  2. To achieve a standard colored egg, mix ½ of boiling water with 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 10-15 drops of food coloring. Dip hard-boiled eggs in mix for about 5 minutes. Remove the eggs with tongs and allow eggs to dry.

 

Decorating Ideas:

  1. Two-Toned Eggs- dip half of a hard-boiled egg in 1 color and the other half in a different color at separate times. Another option is to dip half of the egg into one color, and then dip the same half into another color, creating different shades and colors.
  2. Painted Eggs- mix 20 drops of food coloring with 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a paint brush or cotton swab.
  3. Designed Eggs- before dyeing, place rubber bands and/or stickers onto the egg to create a design of choice. Once dry, remove the stickers and rubber bands to view the designs.
  4. Personalized Eggs- write initials, names, or draw on the egg with a light colored crayon before dyeing.
  5. Marbleized Eggs- mix ¼ cup of boiling water with 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon of oil, and 4-8 drops of food coloring in a shallow bowl. Gently roll the egg in the mixture for 30 seconds, or until the egg is desired shade. Transfer the egg to a second colored mixture and repeat the process. Allow the egg to dry and wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.

 

Egg Dyeing Tips-

  • Line work surface with layers of newspaper before dyeing eggs.
    • Gather all equipment including small bowls or cups for each food color, spoons for each bowl and paper towels for spills. Bowls should be deep enough to completely submerge the egg.
    • For easy clean-up, use soap and water repeatedly to remove food color from hands and most kitchen countertops. If needed, use all-purpose cleaner with bleach for countertops.
    • Make an egg drying stand out of a paper towel tube cut into sections.
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