Easter Egg Dying is probably my favorite DIY Holiday Craft (because I can dye eggs and nothing goes wrong… Usually). When it comes to crafting I am more of a Pinterest Fail Mom than a DIY Diva. My skills (don’t laugh family) in crafting are limited to a a few tried and true projects. I can make amazing tulle tutus. Tie Dye. Sponge Painting. Handmade holiday cards or gifts centered around a hand or footprint. AND I can dye Easter Eggs. I don’t just Dye Easter Eggs, I dye blown Easter Eggs. Yes, blown eggs.
Easter’s as a child involved a pretty dress and a trip to my Grandma and Poppa’s house. I would run the grape vineyard, usually getting dirty and getting into trouble. We would eat ham, mashed potatoes, ham gravy. There would be pickled eggs, and deviled eggs, and potato salad, and a bowl of eggs that were off limits. And, I was reminded of this often. (I was a little bit of a shit when I was a girl.) When I got older and we celebrated Easter at home, the menu remained the same, and there was a new bowl of, “Eggs you better leave alone, Ally.”
Whether long ago, in a house in West Virginia there was a similar bowl my Mama and Aunt weren’t allowed to touch I have no idea. What I know is my Grandma had a bowl of blown eggs that my Mama, Aunt, and she had dyed long before I was born. My Mama had her own bowl, dyed by my sister and I and several extra beautiful ones that had hand painted designs that she had dyed, herself. (Mama is crafty, she was a DIY Diva before Pinterest.)
So when Harper’s best friend came to spend the night I decided it was a great day to pull the trigger on some awesome eggs. Harper and I had already blown 2 dozen eggs the day before (to watch Harper and I’s fabulous Egg Blowing Demonstration Click Here) and I boiled two more dozen, because this Mama goes big (and in case things go wrong).
4 Different Easter Egg Dying Methods
3 Successful and 1 Not so Much Egg Dying Experiments
In round one we dyed the eggs with a regular egg dying kit (you know the ones that you buy at the store for a buck or two). The twist was to add a spoonful of melted margarine into each dye color bowl. From what I read online this was supposed to create a tie-dye like effect. The girls set out to dying, Bacon Beer Hubby set out to taking pics, and I set out to not let the girls stain my carpet or the dog steal one of the hard boiled eggs. The end result was not very pretty. The girls had fun but either my margarine is not groovy enough for tie dye eggs or something went wrong.
Round 2: Dying Eggs with Oil
I almost didn’t do this one because it was rather similar to the margarine one, and the margarine one sounded so odd I figured it would make the eggs extra coo, and instead it was an epic fail. I am glad I went ahead with it anyhow. Once again we used a box dying kit as our base. The difference this time was in addition we set up two small bowls with about 1/2 inch of vinegar and then the girls picked 2 food coloring shades which we added to those. Then we added a shot or so of olive oil to both. The girls dyed their eggs in the regular colors and then rolled their eggs in the oil/dye mix before putting them up to dry. Right away these looked cooler than round 1. I was breathing a sigh of relief. At least these eggs weren’t hideous.
Round 3: Whipped Cream Dyed Eggs
This was the one I knew the girls would be most excited to try. And when I pulled out the pans and started filling them with spray whipped cream they were more than a little excited. With this method you fill pans with spray whipped cream and then add drops of food coloring randomly on to the whipped cream. I tried to make sure the colors all went well together. And I did my best to be a bit heavy handed with the food coloring. The girls then rolled the eggs in the whipped cream, getting swirls of different colors and whipped cream all over the eggs. You then set the eggs aside, coated in whipped cream, for about 5 minutes to let the dye set. (since we were midway through the egg dying adventure we actually left our to sit in whipped dye for about 20 minutes.) Bacon Beer Hubby loved this method and how the eggs turned out, he said the words “they look like swirled planets” about 7 times. Of course the girls loved it as well.
The Final Round Eggs Dyed with Paper Towels and Food Coloring
This method was the most complex. It also had the most intricate and bright results. It is also the reason my carpet is stained, and all our fingers were for a couple days. With this method you fill a spray bottle with vinegar. Then you mist a paper towel with a bit of vinegar, lay the egg in the slightly moist paper towel, and then you are supposed to wrap the egg in the towel and secure it with a rubberband. We secured ours with pipe cleaners I found in my craft bin, because I quite honestly didn’t think I could get a rubberband to hold on a paper towel without tearing it. The next step is to drip food coloring directly onto the paper towel-wrapped eggs. Once you have the eggs soaked in dye the way you want it you spray the paper towels with vinegar again, soaking them pretty good. Then set them aside for one hour. After an hour remove paper towels, rinse eggs and viola! The girls had a blast with this method and so did my Hubby. The eggs turned out awesomely funky!
Okay so what have I learned from this eggtastic adventure? First, I need to come up with some more recipes for hard boiled eggs (especially in my household where I am the only one who likes deviled eggs)! I think everyone involved agreed the margarine method is one we won’t try again. I really liked how the oil eggs turned out. And, it was easy and relatively mess-minimal. No, the eggs aren’t as “funky and unique” as the whipped cream or paper towel eggs. But, it was an easy tweak to standard egg dying that gave us awesome results. We will definitely do the whipped cream eggs again, it was fun for the kids and the eggs turned out cool. Next year we will go all out with the food coloring though, I thought I had added enough but I think maybe I should have thrown caution to the wind and just squeezed out loads of dye and we would have gotten more vibrant color swirls.
The split decision lies with the paper towel eggs. The kids and Bacon Beer Hubby are adamant we have to do these again. If we do we will be using latex gloves next go round. And a drop cloth surrounding the kids, because there are specks of dye just about every where within 6 feet of where the girls were working. Also, the eggs that turned out the best were the ones the kids literally soaked in food coloring, so it would seem the best method with this dye job is to not hold back on the dye at all. I think the paper towel eggs looked the coolest, I also think they are the perfect project for slightly older kids or just ultra motivated crating alone Moms. I guess we will see next year if we make another go of it.
So there you have it. We dyed 4 dozen eggs, though the dog stole one, and a few were dropped and didn’t make the pictures. We dyed our fingers and learned that maybe gloves would have been a worthy investment. The girls had fun, and nothing was ruined. Overall while some of the eggs didn’t turn out perfect it was a great afternoon of egg and finger tip dying. I almost can’t wait for next year, almost…