So, as Easter approaches the time to dye Easter eggs is at hand, and while many might buy the packets of compressed colors at the box stores, the truth is, they do hinder the experience with color limitations, they call for the use of vinegar, which many people oppose, not to mention that there are those that are completely organic and using commercial dyes are out of the question. There is more than one way to dye an Easter egg and over the last 3 years the below are the methods that I have tried, some have worked better than others but all of the eggs were unique and had their pros and cons. Sometimes it is nice to try something different for the sake of trying, so I hope you find something new to try!
The “Kool” way to dye eggs, using Kool-aid
This method is very easy and requires no vinegar, which many don’t like handling and especially don’t like their children handling or smelling. My kids loved this method and they thought is was fun to use Kool-aid as it all smells very fruity!
You will need packets of Kool-aid, how ever many you wish, I only used the 6 here, the same amount of containers, 2/3 cup of warm water and boiled eggs. Mix the warm water with the Kool-aid and allow to cool. Place egg in and wait.
I allowed the eggs to sit in the Kool-aid for about 15 minutes but you could leave them longer, the longer they are left, the more intense the color would be. After the allotted time in the dye, remove and allow to dry before handling.
A note about the purple/grape, it is very dark eggplant, but still purple. I tried leaving those eggs in for less time, changed the amounts of water and Kool-aid, it just doesn’t get that traditional purple color, however, it is a nice color.
All in all, my kids loved this method and while it is inexpensive, about $1 and doesn’t use vinegar, it still uses commercial dyes (in the Kool-aid) and for children that are sensitive to those, this might not be an option.
Colors galore, using mix and match food coloring
This method uses little bottles of food coloring that you mix to obtain the colors you want and seriously there are many hues that you can get with this method. This was my favorite way to dye the eggs because the colors were awesome and the choices seemed endless, the kids liked the end result but after dropping a few eggs, they were done, but I kept going.
I found the following as a guide.
To do the colors on this list you will need both the traditional set of food colors, consisting of red, blue, green and yellow and the neon set which also has green and blue but include pink and purple, McCormick has these but I found store brands as well.
To dye the eggs gather the right amount of containers and add 1/2 cup of water, then stir in 1 tablespoon of vinegar, lastly adding the drops of coloring. I left my eggs in from on average about 10 minutes but any yellow or pink will take longer and remember to allow them to dry before handling.
This method really produces the most vibrant eggs and I hope to expand more this year with more colors. Also, if you like deviled eggs don’t throw the dye away and click here for another festive idea. Check out a later post of a rainbow of 40 colors here.
Natural and Organic Easter eggs dyes
These are, well…interesting and when I made them, I was less than impressed, especially with the amount of work that went into them, however, the more I have looked at the finished picture I realize how beautiful and unique they really are. This method of dying eggs is great for those that live organically and want something extra to try with their little ones.
To make the dye, take 4 cups of chopped or mashed fruits and veggies, or 4 tablespoons of spice. I used turmeric/yellow, blueberries/blue, spinach/green, strawberries/pink, grape juice concentrate/purple and cherry juice concentrate/red. I boiled them in 3 cups of water and 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar. Let that simmer for 30-45 minutes.
Then, strain out the bits of fruits or vegetables, and the remaining liquid is your dye. Place an egg in the dye, 2 if they will fit, and leave overnight, so put the container of dye in the fridge for safety.
This method of dyeing takes a long time and because of them having to sit overnight, dyeing a ton of eggs is out of the question. The dye doesn’t affect the taste of the eggs. It also doesn’t produce perfectly died eggs, the turmeric did the best but they are unique and interesting. I would give them a try at least once to spice up the egg dyeing, but on a whole, the extra work and time was hard to justify.
Dyeing eggs should be fun so no matter what method you use, and these are only 3 of them, put on some music, tell stories and spend time together. Adding circle or star stickers to the eggs prior to dying will add extra fun, as will using a white crayon to write on the eggs prior to dyeing, like in the picture here.
🙂 Bet and Fam