I’m not ashamed to admit it: I still love dyeing eggs for Easter. The holiday tradition brings me back to my childhood when my sisters and I would crowd around the kitchen table with gleaming white eggs waiting for those colorful little tablets to dissolve in the water.
I remember we tried a few tricks and variations along the way, like adding vinegar to the colored water to make colors more vibrant or drawing on eggs with a white crayon before dunking them in the solution. Sometimes we used markers, other times we’d add stickers, but for the most part, we kept things pretty simple.
I recently bought my first egg dyeing kit to start our own tradition with my son. I proudly held up the box for him to see and asked, “Do you want to dye Easter eggs this weekend?” He looked at me quizzically and said, “Why?”
Fair point. Maybe he wanted something more creative than just submerging hard boiled eggs in colored water. If you’re like my son and want to try some new techniques for creating festive eggs this weekend, here are a few methods to try:
Use Shaving Cream or Cool Whip
Fluffy shaving cream or Cool Whip with a few drops of color swirled throughout offers an interesting, albeit messier, alternative to cups of colored water. If you’re like me and can’t fathom wasting so much Cool Whip that isn’t piled on a warm brownie, stick to cheap shaving cream. For marbled eggs, drip the dye and swirl with a chopstick, knife, or other object. Roll your eggs around in the shaving cream, then refrigerate for several hours so the cream dries. Gently wipe off and voila! Beautiful marbled eggs.
Keep in mind that the dye you use can drastically affect the saturation of color through the cream to the egg.
If you’re pinched for time and can’t run to the store to get a fancy dye kit, you can still have some fun. Kool Aid is an inexpensive alternative that you probably have in your kitchen already (now those Kool-Aid mustaches and countertop stains make so much more sense). Just follow the same process you would with a purchased dye kit. Here are some pointers for which Kool Aid flavors yield the best colors.
No cardboard box with holes to dry your eggs in? No worries. Make your own drying rack with some push pins.
Tie-Dye Eggs Using Paper Towels
A stack of paper towels and some food coloring is all you need to make some pretty cool tie-dyed eggs. Some methods have you apply the color to the towel, then tightly wrap the egg in it, while others have you wrap first, then apply. I preferred coloring first, then wrapping. You can also decide how to incorporate vinegar to improve the colors—dip the towel versus spray the vinegar solution on the colored, wrapped egg. Either way, you’ll end up with some pretty groovy eggs!
Use Silk Ties
I came across this video earlier this week on Facebook (go figure, I love Facebook videos) about how to dye eggs using silk ties. It’s amazing! The patterns and colors are wonderfully distinct and something that would require hours of painstaking work if someone were to attempt it by hand. If you have a bunch of silk ties lying around, cut those babies up and wrap some eggs in them! A hot water and vinegar bath for 20-30 minutes, and you have some seriously amazing eggs.
I love the tried-and-true egg dyeing kit (even if my son isn’t all that impressed), but at least now I have a few options to try if he wants to test my creativity. What’s your favorite way to dye eggs for Easter? Feel free to share some pictures if you have them!