My little cousin Angelina asked me to decorate Easter eggs with her on a whim. Luckily, we had an abundance of eggs in the house, but I had to scrounge up the most important part; the decorative materials. Here’s what I came up with for our eggs:
- Food colouring
- Standard, small zip lock bags
- Loose Sparkles (left over from another craft)
- Eggs (of course)
Making your own Easter eggs is very simple! Boil the eggs for around 12 minutes. Be sure to keep your eye on them to ensure that they do not over boil. Once the eggs are finished boiling, take them out of the water and let them cool down (this is important).
The reason I recommend zip lock bags as opposed to dipping your eggs in a bowl of dye is because I have dyed eggs many different ways over the years. The zip lock bags method is the easiest and cleanest method I have ever tried.
Simply squeeze 5 drops of food colouring into a zip lock bag. You do not need a lot of the dye at all. The less you put, the more clean your hands and kitchen will be – especially with kids. Rub the dye all over the egg from the outside of the bag. My hands stayed completely clean. Angelina’s? Not so much, but part of the fun is watching kids enjoy being messy!
I’m lucky that I had the loose sparkles from another craft, but any loose sparkles would work; even the sparkly eye shadow you have but probably will never wear. However, I didn’t think the sparkles through before I got Angelina excited about them. I had no idea how I was going to make the sparkles stick to the egg. My phone rang and distracted me. By the time I finished my call and turned around, Angelina had already discovered a way to glitter the eggs. She poured an abundance of sparkles into a bag with dye in it. When she went to colour the egg, the bag dye already had sparkles in it, she just smudged the sparkles all over the egg using the same technique we had been using all along. Not only did the eggs look beautiful but the sparkles stayed on.
Our eggs permanently dried in 30 minutes. If I wanted to lighten the dye or remove any streaks from the eggs, I slightly wet a piece of paper towel and wiped a bit of the dye off. If Angelina wanted the colour darker, she threw it back into the bag with the dye, added a drop or two, and smudged it around a bit more. This was the easiest Easter egg dying I have ever done; my hands were completely dye-free when we finished. The counter was clean other than the newspaper I laid down which was easy to roll up and throw into the recycle. I highly recommend the zip lock bag method!
Considering I bake often, I had the food colouring at home. However, if you don’t have food colouring within your household, here are a list of foods or spices that you can use to create your own dye (and the colours they will make your egg):
Beets – Deep Pink/Purple
Tumeric – Dark Yellow
Whole Red Cabbage – Blue
Red Onion Skin – Orange/Red
Paprika – Light Orange
Here’s how to make your dye (the same instructions apply for each of the items listed above):
- Bring the dye ingredient to a boil with 2 cups of water
- Strain the dye into a cup and allow it to cool
- Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the water in your cup
- Put your eggs into the cup until you are satisfied with the colour
Unfortunately, the ziplock bag method does not work well with the household ingredient dyes. Because they aren’t as strong as the food colouring, you’re better off submerging your egg into the cup and letting it sit for a long period of time (perhaps even overnight if you would like a more vibrant colour).
Once you’re finished dying your eggs, set them up nicely and display them on your table for Easter. Then, have an Easter egg hunt! Enjoy & Happy Easter!