Learn how easy it is to dye eggs with food coloring! Skip the store bought kits, and enjoy customizing your own fun colors. Let me show you how!
Growing up, dying eggs at Easter time was one of my most treasured childhood memories. Sometimes we did it with my mom, sometimes we did it with my Grandma.
But every time was an absolute joy.
Our creative adventures always started with a store bought dying kit, with all the fun little stickers and a handful of vibrant colors.
Now with my own children, dying eggs has also become a yearly tradition. They look forward to it with the same excitement and anticipation as I did as a child, and I love to help them experience this tradition. (Even though a little motherhood anxiety may come with it.)
I remember it was just 2 years ago, when Easter Sunday was quickly approaching, and my oldest daughter reminded me that we had yet to dye eggs and it would possibly be the end of the world if we didn’t before Easter.
Sympathizing with her feelings, but knowing I had no dye kit available and no time for a trip to the grocery store, I quickly did a search online to find out if there was possibly any other way to dye eggs without a dye kit. And much to my amazement, there were several! The egg dying creative possibilities were seemingly endless! I didn’t have to resort to poke-my-eyes-out-bright neon pinks, purples, blues, greens, yellows . . . etcetera etcetera.
By summoning my long lost preschool skills of mixing colors, we could create a rainbow of limitless colors in all shades and varieties . . . all with the small box of food coloring in our pantry.
We have been dying eggs with food coloring ever since that discovery 2 years ago. It is by far my favorite method, and I’m excited to show you how today.
Many of you wondered how I achieved the subtle light blue color from my Spring Home Tour, and this is exactly the method I used.
Once those eggs are dyed, I never can resist playing around with my camera to capture the fun colors and creative compositions.
For this batch of dyed eggs, I opted to try to achieve very light and subtle earthy tones, all by mixing different food coloring and leaving my eggs in the dye for a very short period of time.
I think the results are just lovely and the process was so enjoyable and therapeutic. I’ll be letting my kids join me next . . . which will still be enjoyable . . . but far from therapeutic . . . if you know what I mean.
I’d love to have you watch this short video clip that will take you through the easy steps of dying eggs with food coloring, then I’ll walk you through the easy instructions.
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
You will need to prep your area to avoid any catastrophic dye stains. With kids, I lay out several garbage bags flat all over the table. Then I place all the dying supplies on a cookie sheet and prep another cookie sheet with a cooling rack on top for the eggs to dry. Here are the other supplies you will find helpful:
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Food Coloring
- Any variety will work. We have loved this set of gel food coloring (affiliate link). It gives us plenty of colors to work with and a little always goes a long way. This one set has last us years! But feel free to use the more common food coloring drops you find at grocery stores.
- Boiled Eggs (given)
- Glass or plastic cup
- 1/2-3/4 cup of water
- Plastic spoons
- Toothpicks (if you are using gel dye)
- 2 cookie sheets
- 1 cooling rack
STEP 2: ADD A TABLESPOON OF VINEGAR TO THE 1/2 – 3/4 CUP OF WATER
STEP 3: ADD A SMALL AMOUNT OF FOOD COLORING TO THE TIP OF A TOOTHPICK
STEP 4: STIR THE TOOTHPICK INTO THE VINEGAR WATER
STEP 5: USE A PLASTIC SPOON TO STIR THE COLORED WATER AND EVENLY DISPERSE THE DYE (ADD MORE COLORING IF DESIRED)
STEP 6: WITH A SPOON, SLOWLY LOWER THE BOILED EGG INTO THE COLORED WATER
STEP 7: LET THE EGG SIT IN THE WATER UNTIL THE DESIRED COLOR IS REACHED
STEP 8: REMOVE THE EGG FROM THE WATER WITH THE PLASTIC SPOON
STEP 9: PLACE THE EGG ON TOP OF THE COOLING RACK
STEP 10: REPEAT THE STEPS WITH MORE EGGS
STEP 11: MIX OTHER COLORS INTO THE SAME WATER FOR MORE COLOR VARIETY, OR SWITCH OUT THE WATER AND TRY OTHER COLORS!
I would love to hear how you prefer to dye your eggs! Next year, I would like to try using natural dyes found in food like cabbage and spinach. Those can yield some beautiful results as well. Do you have any special egg dying traditions or memories? I always love to hear from you!
Thanks so much for joining me today. I’m going to leave you with a few more pictures of colored eggs in my decor (because I can never resist), and then please be sure to look below to see other easy and fun DIY crafts you can make for Easter and Spring, all provided by some of my dearest blogging friends. Big thanks goes to the sweet and talented Annie from Zevy Joy, for arranging this inspirational project gallery for us!
Feel free to stay and click awhile! Enjoy!
Kid’s Easter Table by Summer Adams
How To Dye Eggs With Food Coloring by TIDBITS | Easter Wreath by Shades of Blue Interiors | Easter Egg Decorating Idea – Mini Floral Bunny Ears by A Burst of Beautiful | DIY Easter Sign – Hello Peeps by My Sweet Savannah
Bunny Ears Bags and Free Printable by Ella Claire | Free Printable Easter Cards by Boxwood Avenue | Simple Modern Easter Tablescape by Cherished Bliss | DIY Vintage ‘Happy Easter’ Eggs by So Much Better With Age
Printable Watercolor Easter Banner by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | DIY Bunny Garden Easter Basket by Zevy Joy | Easter Cake – Paleo Coconut Pineapple Cake with Topper by Nesting With Grace | Moss Wrapped Candle by Design, Dining and Diapers