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How to dye Easter eggs using food colouring (a tutorial)

How to Dye Easter Eggs using Food Colouring

Plain eggs

Eggs in Dye

Colourful Easter Eggs

Using tape to create patterns

Colourful Easter Eggs

I cannot believe how fast these past few months have gone… it’s only a few weeks until Easter weekend! I though I’d share an easy way to dye brightly coloured Easter Eggs with you guys since they turned out so well the last time we made them. This is super easy and uses supplies that you probably have in your pantry!

How to Dye Easter Eggs using Food Colouring
(Method adapted from Martha Stewart)

You’ll need:
Eggs (hardboiled or emptied- see note below)
Warm water
Food colouring
White vinegar
Glasses
A spoon
Stickers, tape, string, etc. for making interesting designs

Note: There is a great tutorial for emptying (“blowing”) eggs here. If properly cleaned, emptied egg shells can be stored and reused indefinitely. Hardboiled eggs, however, should be stored only for as long as you’d store any hardboiled eggs.

You will need a seperate glass for each colour you want to use.
In each glass, mix 1/2 cup of warm water, 1/2 tsp of vinegar, and a total of 15-20 drops of food colouring. Play with colour concentration or mix different colours for interesting effects.
To dye each egg, submerge in food colouring mixture for 5-10 minutes, depending on desired colour intensity. Carefully remove each egg from the food colouring mixture with a spoon and place in egg carton to dry.
Repeat as desired for layered colours. For patterned eggs, cover the area you don’t want dyed with stickers, string, or tape before submerging. Make sure that the first colour is dry before dyeing with a second colour. Be creative!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve dyed eggs using this tutorial. Have a beautiful weekend!

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11 Comments

  1. I love how your colors turned out! This is just the thing for someone like me who never remembers to buy the egg dying kits – thanks!

    • Thanks Tamsin! That’s actually why we first tried this… never remembered to buy the kits 🙂

  2. Your photos are a pleasure to view! Really nice!

  3. I guess people used to use natural dyes to color Easter eggs- things we might otherwise throw out, such as onion skins for a bright brilliant orange.

    • Oh, I’m pretty sure they did! I’ve actually seen some great tutorials for this in the past few weeks. I’m sure that anything you use to dye yarn you could also use on eggs… So many possibilities!

  4. […] by the time most of you see this, but in case you want to save it for future reference, I wrote up a tutorial for dyeing eggs with food colouring a few years […]

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