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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Now, I know what you're thinking: get out the vinegar and some food coloring and a bunch of little cups and plunk the eggs in the cups. Pull them in and out of the cups to check their color progress until you're happy?

Nope! ;-)

This year, we tried a new method and we were thrilled with how easy it was, so we thought we'd share it with you. It was super fast AND it gave the eggs a cool marbled effect. (Just in case they didn't turn out, we put some other eggs in the old-standby cups mentioned above - and these were all done well in advance of those eggs. Don't know if we'll ever go back to the old method again!)

Hand Marbled Easter Eggs Using Food Coloring

  • Food Coloring in colors of choice
  • Plastic gloves or quart-sized Ziploc bags to cover your hands
  • Paper towels

1. Hard boil eggs and allow to cool thoroughly.
2. Cover your work surface in paper towels. Cover your hands in gloves or bags.
3. Wrap a cooled hard-boiled egg in a paper towel.
4. Drop different colors of food coloring onto the covered egg (through the paper towel), ensuring that the food coloring soaks through to the egg.

5. Unwrap the egg to reveal the marble effect.
6. The saturated paper towel can be used to dye more than one egg or to touch up areas on other eggs that may have not received as much dye.

We chose to use a combination of yellow, blue, and green. Our eggs looked like this. Not bad for a few minutes work and supplies you probably already have in your kitchen!

If you're looking for other fun stuff to do with your kids this Spring, check out our 100 Activities to Do This Spring list. Happy Easter!
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