Easter is a treasured holiday in our household. Some of our favorite crafting memories are the many happy times spent decorating and preparing the house for the big day. Every year, we love to kick things off by coloring eggs to decorate the breakfast table on Easter morning.
Here’s a fun technique for coloring Easter eggs that’s simple enough for the whole family to enjoy. Let’s jump right in…
- Cups (one for each color of dye you plan to use)
- Blue, yellow, and red food coloring
- Vinegar (to help set the color)
- Mini cupcake liners (optional, for displaying the finished eggs)
Before getting started, you’ll need to wash the eggs. Now would be the time to blow out the eggs as well, if you wish to do so (optional, not required).
Next, fill a cup with water and slowly add yellow food coloring until you reach the desired color consistency, followed by four tablespoons of vinegar to ensure the color sets. Repeat this process for the blue and red dyes.
First, immerse the egg in the cup with yellow dye. This will make the silhouettes left behind by the stickers yellow. Leave the egg in the yellow dye for about two minutes, and then lay it on a napkin to dry.
Once the egg is dry, place the stickers on the surface of the egg. Keep in mind that the stickers need to be small, otherwise the adhesive may not form to the curve of the egg and allow dye to seep through.
After applying the stickers, place the egg in the cup with blue dye for two minutes.
Remove the egg from the blue dye and dry with a napkin. Take off the stickers and admire the lovely new silhouettes on your Easter egg!
Don’t Forget To Experiment!
Try adding the red colored dye to the process (or any other color you’d like). We discovered, completely by accident, that dripping aniline directly on the egg and then patting with a napkin creates a super cool effect:)
Now it’s time to arrange the freshly decorated eggs on your table for Easter breakfast. We decided to use mini cupcake liners for added decoration.