One of my favorite spring traditions as a child was dying Easter eggs. My mother would prepare four mugs of dyed vinegar — red, blue, green and yellow — and a couple dozen hard-boiled eggs for me and my brother and sisters. We would all gather around the table and do our best not to fight over whose turn it was to use the blue dye! To this day, any time I catch a hint of that unmistakable smell of vinegar, it takes me back right back to that dining room table.
With Easter just around the corner (a week from Sunday), I thought I’d share a few creative ways to dye Easter eggs for you to try with your family!
Marbleized Easter Eggs
Here is how you can make marbleized Easter Eggs quickly and easily, without a lot of mess and without spending a lot of money.
- Dip your cooled hard-boiled eggs into a bowl of vinegar. This will help the dye last longer. Set eggs aside to dry.
- Spray some inexpensive white shaving cream (I used Barbasol) on to a cookie sheet, covering the entire sheet.
- Dribble food coloring across the surface. Mix at least two colors together for the marbleized look. I recommend neon food coloring over traditional food coloring for brighter colored eggs!
- Swirl the colors around in the shaving cream using toothpicks, plastic straws, handle of a spoon, etc.
- Roll your hard-boiled eggs around in the shaving cream mixture. I recommend using plastic gloves or sandwich baggies to keep finger prints off of your eggs and to keep your fingers from getting stained.
- Placed the dyed eggs to aside and allow them to dry for 5-10 minutes.
- After allowing the eggs to sit, wipe off shaving cream and rinse with water!
Drizzled Easter Eggs
To make these drizzled Easter eggs, simply pick a few complementary colors and get started!
- Drizzle your cooled, hard-boiled egg with rubber cement, and let the rubber cement dry.
- After the rubber cement has fully dried, dip your eggs into your dye until you achieve your desired color.
- Remove your egg from the dye and set aside to dry.
- After the egg has dried, gently peel the rubber cement from the shell.
- Repeat two or three times with additional colors!
Metallic Easter Eggs
Metallic Easter Eggs are fun and sophisticated! They’re also super easy!
- Dye hard-boiled eggs any way you prefer.
- Use metallic paint pens or metallic Sharpies to draw polka dots, swirls, stripes, etc.
What is your family’s favorite method of coloring eggs? We’d love for you to share your own modern methods!
Photos courtesy of fitbottomgirl.wordpress.com, homeartswithangela.blogspot.com, Better Homes & Gardens.