With Easter just a few days away, this weekend will be filled with the long standing tradition of dying Easter eggs. This is a fun activity for all ages. Parents can help kids, and have fun at the same time, and meanwhile, all ages in between will have fun too. For many people, they seek to dye the perfect Easter egg year after year. We’ve compiled a list of tips for you to dye the perfect Easter egg this year!
What You’ll Need:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Newspaper or Paper towels
- Bowls – One for every color you plan to make
- Food coloring
- Hot water
- Drying rack
Cover your space with your newspaper or paper towels. You don’t want to risk the dye mixture staining any of your surfaces, and if little kiddos are having fun with this activity, there are sure to be drips and spills everywhere!
Now it’s time to mix your colors. You will need your bowls, food coloring, hot water and vinegar for this. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring into 1 cup of hot water. If you want a more intense color, add more food coloring. For the non-primary colors, just mix food coloring (10 drops of red and 10 drops of yellow makes orange). Make sure you bowls you are mixing in are deep enough for your eggs to submerge completely.
Now it’s time for the fun part… dyeing your eggs! Get your cool hard-boiled eggs – eggs must be cooled off before you dye them (see directions below on how to cook the perfect hard-boiled egg). Make sure when placing your eggs in the dye to do so gently so they don’t crack. We suggest placing them in with a spoon or the tongs. To create different color tints, you just vary the time the eggs are in the dye. For a richer color, leave them in longer. For a lighter color, make the time shorter.
Once you have achieved your desired color, it’s time to remove your eggs and let them dry. We suggest removing them with tongs to allow for easier handling. After removing, it’s time to set them aside to dry. In “Martha Stewart’s Egg Dyeing 101” she shows a great tool for drying that is super easy to make. Just take a foam board and stick pins in it in a grid pattern. This allows for easier drying and clean up!
Once your eggs are dry, it’s time to enjoy them! Remember, if you plan to eat your eggs after you dye them, don’t leave them unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours.
Do you plan to dye eggs this year? Send us pictures when you do! We want to see them! And see below for instructions on hard-boiling eggs!
- Place your eggs in a single layer in your saucepan.
- Fill with cold water to cover at least an inch above the eggs.
- Slowly bring the water to a rolling boil.
- Once your water starts to boil, turn the temperature down to simmer.
- Let the eggs simmer for EXACTLY 12 minutes.
- Run cold water over the eggs to stop cooking and to start cooling process.