Whether you’re looking for an activity for your kids, or something more sophisticated for an adult Easter celebration, you need to learn how to dye easter eggs. Yes, there are egg dye kits out there, but I’ve tried quite a few and never been entirely happy with the results. I want dye the eggs, but I also want to eat them, and a lot of decoration ideas are just not compatible with than.
I love to have a colorful pile of eggs for after the meal, but this year, inspired by an easter centerpiece idea, I decided on dying eggs different shades of the same color and the color I chose was one of the best. Bright or light, this has the advantage of being one of natures own egg colors: robin’s egg blue. The most surprising thing is that the best way to achieve the color is by using a vegetable instead of a dye, and that vegetable is … can you guess? Red cabbage.
Cook one head of red cabbage in around 5 cups of water for 40 minutes. Leave the water to cool, remove the cabbie and add 5 tbs of vinegar. Yes, I know, the water’s purple.
Submerge white, hard boiled eggs in the water and wait 1-2 hours turning them every so often in order to make sure every part is covered. To achieve a range of colors just take some out every hour. They won’t look very colorful but if you wait the color will deepen. After five hours of removing some eggs every hour you’l have every shade from pale blue to deep teal.
These look fantastic in any sort of display, but one suggestion I’ve seen is to splash them with edible gold paint. The result – spotted eggs that look amazing and natural at the same time, the perfect accessory for a sophisticated Easter table.
To Make Ombre Eggs
Another version of the same idea is to add boiling water and vinegar to a series of small bowls, then add dye to each one. If you use the same color of dye in different amounts, you achieve the ‘ombre’ effect. Two drops for the first, 10 for the second, 20 drops for the third, tehen 45 and finally 60 drops. This last will produce quite a dark color. Add your hard boiled eggs and leave them in the water for five minutes or so and you’re done!
I Couldn't Get White eggs!
It’s fairly easy to dye white eggs, but if all you can find at the store are brown eggs, what do you do? The answer is to go with flow! Don’t try to fight things by trying to dye brown eggs, do something different and cover your eggs with bands of glitter. Gold looks especially good as you can see if you visit the blog at The Girl Inspired
So Many Eggs!
If you have a lot of eggs to dye you might want to try several different ways of decorating them. One easy technique is to wrap leaves around the eggs, using whatever clean hosiery you have to hand. The nylon lets the dye in and the leaf you attached creates a pattern. Since all leaves are different, each egg will be unique, but if you don’t want to use leaves, you can use drafting tape to make designs on the egg, put it in the dye and when its dry pull of the tape!
How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring
The simplest way to dye easter eggs is with food coloring, there’s no messing about with vegetables, no chopping and no smell. All you need is simple food coloring available from your local supermarket (or, of course, from amazon) AND vinegar. Don’t forget the vinegar, if you do, this won’t work.
All you do is mix the water vinegar and dye in the following proportions – 1/4 boiling water to 1teaspoon of vinegar and 6 or more drops of food coloring. But your mixture in a cup and add one white, hard boiled egg. Five minutes later take it out and let it dry. You’re done!
To Dye Eggs Brown
Use chopped red onion instead of red cabbage.
To get yellow eggs
Use 2 tablespoons of Turmeric.
For beautiful blue eggs
Use a carton of blueberries. The longer the egg stays in the liquid the deeper the color.
How to Marble Easter Eggs.
Using the same mix as for simple food coloring add a drop or two of oil and agitate the water before dropping the egg in the dye mixture. The egg will fail to pick up dye where it touches the oil. You can add to the effect by then adding the egg to another dye mixture containing oil so you get two colors.