Easter egg dyeing is one of our most favorite holiday craft traditions. This festive celebration requires zero skill and very little brain work. In the past we’ve tried everything from boxed dye kits to traditional vinegar and food coloring. Honestly, you don’t need anything fancy to create a beautiful assortment of rainbow decorated eggs. With a simple plan in place and a few inexpensive items you most likely already own you can create an amazing display! We dyed and decorated our eggs 7 different ways this year! Check out our egg dyeing extravaganza results and learn some tips & techniques.
Simple Traditional Dye-bath
This is the most common and simplest way to achieve a brightly colored assortment of eggs. The process requires vinegar and food coloring. Simply, mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with one cup of boiling water and 20 drops of your favorite colored dye. Get creative and mix colors to create your own favorite shade. Remember, red and blue makes purple. Yellow and blue makes green. Yellow and red makes orange. I also bought the liquid neon dyes which gives you food coloring in two shades of pink, a yellow-green and a green-blue. Allow your eggs to sit in the dye bath until it has reached the depth of color you desire.
Yarn Wrapped Egg
We all end up with a cracked egg or two during the boiling process and cracked eggs are terrible for dyeing. However, a cracked egg is the best kind of egg for the yarn wrap project!
Holding your egg at the bottom smother glue all around the top half. Using embroidery thread or yarn, simply wrap your egg, leaving the glue adhesive to work its magic hold on the thread. Repeat the same steps for the bottom half of the egg.
Water marbling has been trending for a while now. The process is simple and no two eggs are ever alike.
Simply drop several of your favorite colors of nail polish in a bowl of cold water. The nail polish will stay afloat. Delicately roll your egg over the floating nail polish and watch it grab onto the egg shell, turning it into a beautiful abstract masterpiece.
Whipped Cream Egg Dye
We did something very similar to this a couple of years ago using shaving cream. The color results were nearly the same, but the resulting smell was much different. Whipped cream smells 100x’s better on an edible egg than shaving cream. Who would have thought. LO L This procedure requires a vinegar bath. Prepare your eggs by soaking them in a bowl of vinegar for 2 minutes. Wash and proceed to the next step.
Simply add about a 1/2 cup of whipped cream in a bowl, along with whatever colors of food coloring you’d like to dye your egg. We added 15 drops total. Swirl the mix (don’t over mix or you’ll end up with the color brown) and then gently roll the egg into the center of the cream.
Allow the egg to sit for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let the egg sit, the more brilliantly colored your egg will be.
Tie Dye Egg
This is by far the coolest egg dyeing project of them all. The tie dye method left each egg with a distinctively unique blend of radiant color. This procedure requires a vinegar bath. Prepare your eggs by soaking them in a bowl of vinegar for 2 minutes. Wash and proceed to the next step.
Wrap each egg with a napkin and secure with a rubber band. Squeeze various colored drops of liquid food coloring onto the napkin.
Using a water bottle spray water on the napkin and watch the colors blend into one another. Allow the eggs to rest in their napkins for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let the egg sit, the more brilliantly colored your egg will be. Remove the napkin and gently wash off any residual dye.
The Magical Unicorn Egg
In sticking to what’s trending it made perfect sense to have a few unicorn eggs. These little sweeties took up most of our time, but were easily our most favorite to craft. We used molding clay to design the horns and we adorned them with items like, tiny rhinestones, yarn bows, feathers and mini paper crafted store-bought flowers. The sleeping eyes were drawn on using a permanent black marker.
The Golden Egg
Everyone has to have at least one golden egg. There’s no secret to this glamorous little beauty. Simply go glam by smothering glue all over your egg and generously sprinkling it with glitter. Allow it to dry and repeat in the areas where the glitter didn’t adhere.
We really had a blast playing around with fun and unique egg dyeing and decorating techniques this year. By unanimous vote the tie dye method produced our favorite colored eggs, while the unicorn eggs were the most fun to decorate.
Happy egg decorating!