Learn how to dye Easter eggs with food colouring or liquid watercolours with this quick and easy, step-by-step tutorial. First, I’ll tell you how to blow out an egg, and then I’ll tell you how to dye your eggs using either food color or liquid watercolour paints.
Dyeing Easter eggs is a classic Easter activity for you and your kids to do together. You can make it an annual, Easter tradition!
I love this easy method for dyeing eggs because you don’t need a buy an egg-dyeing kit. Who needs a kit, when the process is this simple?
All you need are some eggs, food colouring or liquid watercolours, water and vinegar. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a batch of lovely, colourful eggs to display for Easter, and you and your kids can take pride knowing you made them the good, old-fashioned way!
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To dye your Easter Eggs, you’ll need:
- hot water
- small drinking glasses
- food colouring (liquid food colour or icing gels) or liquid watercolours
- stir stick or spoon
- cooling rack
- wooden skewer & thumbtack (if you’re blowing your eggs out)
**You don’t have to blow out your eggs to dye them. You can use hard boiled eggs if you’d rather. If you’re using hard boiled eggs, I would recommend using food colouring to colour them as opposed to liquid watercolours. Egg shells are porous, and even though liquid watercolours are non-toxic, I’m not sure about using them on an egg that you’re going to eat.
Rather than using hard-boiled, I prefer to blow out my eggs before colouring them so we can keep them on display.
They look so pretty decorating an Easter dinner table or displayed in a colourful bowl. We decorate a lot of eggs every Easter, and they look so lovely that I keep them displayed long after the holiday is over. When you use blown out eggs, you can store them to display year after year.
How to blow out an egg:
- Use a thumbtack to make a hole at each end of your egg.
- Insert a wooden skewer into each hole, and wiggle it around to make the holes a bit bigger.
- Gently wipe the egg with a warm cloth to remove any egg white that may have leaked out.
- Cover one of the holes with your mouth, and blow hard! Be sure to have a bowl underneath to catch the contents. That way, you can scramble them up for lunch when you’re finished.
- Wipe the egg again to remove any egg-y residue before colouring your eggs.
To Dye Your Eggs with Food Colouring or Watercolours:
- Fill a glass with about a half cup of hot tap water.
- Stir in 1/2 tsp of vinegar (yep, this is necessary – *see below)
- Stir in your colour (liquid food colour =20 drops, gel food colour = a generous dollop from a toothpick, liquid watercolours = 1 tsp)
- Place an egg in the cup. You can float your egg, turning it frequently so it colours evenly, or you can submerge your egg by pushing it under the water with your skewer. Either way, allow your eggs to sit in the coloured water for at least 5 minutes. The longer you leave your egg in the water, the darker it will be.
- Feel free to stir in more colour if you want the colour of your eggs to be more intense.
- Remove your egg from the water, and set it on a cooling rack to dry.
- You might want to blow it out again to get rid of any water that might’ve seeped in through the holes.
Why use vinegar when dyeing Easter Eggs?
The reason you need to add vinegar to your water when colour Easter eggs is to help the eggshells absorb the colour. Vinegar is an acid, and it actually etches the shell of the egg, making it more porous and able to really grab and hold that colour.
And that, my Lovelies, is all there is to dyeing Easter eggs at home without a kit, the good, old-fashioned way!
Aren’t they beautiful?
And now, if you want to take your hand-dyed Easter to the next level, check out these wild (but easy!) egg decorating techniques:
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