Unleash your crafty side with our egg dyeing and decorating tips—just in time for Easter. Get cracking!
1. Thoroughly cook and hard-boil your Easter eggs.
Cook your eggs for 15 minutes and allow them to cool at room temperature before you begin the decorating process. If you’ve accidentally mixed up your undecorated hard-boiled eggs with your raw eggs, go ahead and spin the eggs; hard-boiled eggs will spin easily, whereas the undecorated raw eggs will simply wobble from the liquid yolk inside.
2. Use the right tools.
3. Dye it right.
Are you planning on chomping on your Easter eggs for the rest of the week? Use food-safe dyes like food coloring or powdered drink mixes. If you’re using markers or paint, make sure they’re non-toxic, and remember which ones they are so they’re not put in your little one’s lunch bag. As a general rule, medium to large-size eggs just need a 12-ounce cup (this size uses less water and keeps your dye concentrated enough for vibrant dye application).
4. Use vinegar for pop!
Try one teaspoon of white vinegar in your dye solution for more vivid colors. Trust us—you’re going to love how the color pops!
5. Know the golden dyeing time: 5 minutes.
Soak your eggs in the dye for 5 minutes, turning each one every so often to ensure even dyeing. For a richer, deeper tone, leave your egg in for about 8-10 minutes.
6. Raid your pantry and craft supply closet!
A teaspoon of olive oil in your dye solution creates a marbled look. Use stickers, glitter, rubber bands, yarn, and other craft supplies to take your Easter eggs to the next level.
7. Dry, dry, dry.
Take out that handy cooling rack and leave your eggs there to dry, spacing them out evenly so eggshells aren’t bleeding or blotching one another. Another approach is to dry the eggs in their original carton, on paper towels, or on newspaper sheets. For a creative, textured look, blot each egg with a sponge.
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