Easter Egg Dying Madness

Because I can’t do anything half-assed, I went out and bought 5 dozen eggs to dye this weekend for Easter. That’s 60. Of course, I couldn’t just drop them all in a pot of food coloring and call it good. I chose about five different ways to color these eggs, and it turned out…great. Yeah, let’s go with that. 

I am artistic for sure, but I’m also messy and a clutz. (As proven by the dozen that I dropped on the floor.) Which I’ve accepted and embrace. When that comes to fragile eggs, staining food coloring and other fun things, it’s a recipe for some memories. 

I got all of the techniques for dying from Pinterest and I will link those as I go. I saved like twenty different kinds of egg dying, and ended up doing five. 

I’m ambitious.

The first technique I tried was the messiest. Gloves advised!

1. Cool Whip

You’ll need:

  • Cool Whip. The small one did 10 eggs.
  • Toothpick OR Chopstick
  • Food coloring
  • Gloves
  • Paper plates
  • Shallow pan or lipped plate
  • Paper towel
  • Vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Serving spoon (optional)
  • Hard-boiled eggs

    Instructions:

    1. Gather supplies.

    2. Put on gloves.

    3. Pour a couple tbs of vinegar in the bowl. 

    4. Scoop Cool Whip into pan or plate. 

    5. Drip food coloring into Cool Whip. At least 10 drops per color. Try to spread them out.

    6. Swirl color with toothpick or chopstick. Don’t swirl too much or it’ll become one color. 

    7. Coat eggs in vinegar from bowl.

    8. Roll eggs in cool whip until thickly coated. I used the serving spoon to scoop some around it because my fingers were just making a mess.

    9. Place eggs on paper plate.

    10. Put in the fridge all day or overnight (8-12 hrs)

    11. Put more gloves on.

    12. Grab some paper towels and GENTLY wipe off Cool Whip. 

    13. Even more GENTLY, rinse. 

    Don’t rub or the color will fade!

    14. Crack, peel off pretty shell, and devour.

    Verdict: Success. The blue and red stuck well and was super vibrant. Probably should’ve used more yellow. Wish I could figure out how to keep it from rubbing off.

    Pinterest

    2. Rubber bands.

    This one is simple. 

    You’ll need:

    • Rubber bands 
    • Hard-boiled eggs 
    • Food coloring 
    • Cups
    • Water
    • Vinegar 
    • Gloves 

    Instructions:

    1. Put on gloves.

    2. Full cups, one per color, halfway with water.

    3. Add 15-20 drops of food coloring.

    4. Add 2 tbs of vinegar.

    5. Here you can get creative. Wrap in a couple rubber bands and dip dye. Then, wrap in more and dye again. Or leave it.

    Or

    Dip dye. Wrap in bands. Dye again. Or leave it 

    You can add drops of color straight on the egg and it won’t get under the rubber bands. I rubbed a rubber band over a drying one to get a cool effect.

    6. Let dry.

    7. Take off rubber bands.

    Verdict: Simple and good for kids. Wish I’d though ahead about color combos but oh well. 

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    3. Wrap in “Silk”

    That’s in quotes because I didn’t use silk and should’ve. But I wanted to be difficult. So I used cotton. Whatever.

    You’ll need:

    • Silk ties or headscarves or cheap fabric
    • White cotton of some sort
    • Rubber bands
    • Raw eggs
    • A large pot
    • Scissors
    • Tongs

    Instructions:

    1. Cut silk to size (enough to wrap around the egg completely)

    2. Cut cotton if needed. (I used an old tank top. You could use socks or a shirt.)

    3. Wrap eggs in silk and close tightly with a rubber band.

    4. Wrap silk and egg with cotton tightly and close with rubber band. 

    5. Fill pot with water. 

    6. Gently out eggs in the water. 

    7. Let boil for 25 mins.

    8. Use tongs to remove eggs and let cool.

    9. Unwrap.

    Verdict: Use silk.

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    4. Dinosaur eggs

    This one failed spectularly and was still one of my faves. 

    You need:

    • Food coloring 
    • Vinegar
    • Gloves
    • Cups
    • Hard-boiled eggs

    Instructions:

    1. Put on gloves.

    2. Full cups, one per color, halfway with water. (I used the same cups at the rubber bands.)

    3. Add 15-20 drops of food coloring.

    4. Add 2 tbs of vinegar.

    5. Crack the shell of the egg gently but thoroughly. The more cracks the better. 

    6. Drop in dye.

    7. Let dry.

    8. Remove shell.

    It should turn out with a spider web effect of the soft egg white, giving it the effect of a dinosaur egg.

    Verdict: The only one that really turned out was the red one. But just seeing what could’ve been makes me want to try again. I think I need more cracks, deeper ones, and longer in the dye bath. Still cool.

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    5. Drips and mono-dying

    This was easy stuff like single coloring dying. Just drop it into the cups we’ve already used.

    And then we took a couple and dropped a few drops out of the bottle onto the top of the egg and let it drip down. Very Pollock.

    6. Tie dye

    This one turned out my FAVORITE.

    You’ll need:

    • Food coloring
    • Paper towels 
    • Hard-boiled eggs
    • Gloves
    • Rubber bands
    • Vinegar
    • Spray bottle 

    Instructions:

    1. Put on gloves.

    2. Wrap eggs in paper towels and close tightly with a rubber band.

    3. Drop food coloring in any pattern or design you want, one drop at a time, onto the paper towel. 

    4. Spray with vinegar sparsely and watch it bleed out. 

    5. Let dry.

    6. Unwrap eggs.

    7. Let them finish drying any still damp parts before handling. 

    Verdict: So very cool! And one of the easiest, too. Great for making color combos. Anything works. 

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    We had a ton of fun doing these, and it was exciting to see how they all turned out, failures or not. Now, to make 4 dozen deviled eggs. 🤤

    Here’s most of them. Finished and delicious. 
    Xoxoxo 

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