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Instead of using expensive Easter egg dye kits use packets of Kool-Aid instead. It's much less expensive and you don't have to end up with all of the doo dads included in each dye kit package that you'll probably not use. All you need to do is mix one packet of Kool-Aid with 3/4 cup warm water in small glass bowls.
For colors the following Kool-Aid flavors work the best:
red = cherry
orange = orange
yellow = lemonade plus a little bit of orange
green = lime
blue = berry blue
You don't need to purchase those boxes of Easter egg tablets to dye your Easter eggs and this is such a fun way for children to learn color wheel basics. This formula is for just one color mixture, so all you have to do is use the same formula for each color if you're planning to make multiple colors of eggs.
Oh, and in case you've forgotten the basics: Yellow and Blue = Green; Yellow and Red = Orange; and Red and Blue = Purple ;-)
I've been doing this for several years now. I think it makes richer colors and my kids love mixing to see what combinations they can make.
I've seen a really good list of, every day ingredient, egg dyes and how to make them. Be forewarned, they take a day to soak in the color, and be sure to wash the eggs before you dye them. I tried three colors this year: yellow made from turmeric, pink made from beets, and green made from spinach.
What worked best was the turmeric. Unfortunately, I tried using canned beets and freeze-dried spinach, and I think that boiling them as directed for fresh ones ruined the color. Learn from my goof :)
By Kirsten from Logan, UT
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I am looking for recipes for making my own easter egg dye for my 4H group. Does anyone have any recipes to share?
I found this site for home made Easter dyes. Hope it helps.
Not sure if this would work with eggs, but I remember in "Little House in the Big Woods' Ma would grate a carrot, take the juice to dye her butter...why wouldn't it work with eggs? (I tried the carrot juice with butter, and it works!)
We have tried beet juice and purple grape juice and they work great!! :0)
Dyeing Eggs The Old Fashioned Way
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
This Easter try a new technique for dyeing eggs. This unique method lets you experiment with natural ingredients. The kids will have a ball inventing new colors.
Use 4 cups of each ingredient per quart of water to create the desired color. Theses amounts will color approximately 6 eggs.
Crimson: fresh beets
Copper: yellow onion skins
Green: spinach, fresh or frozen
Blue: crushed blueberries
In a large pot, place 6-8 eggs in a single layer. Add enough water to
cover eggs by 1 inch. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of
water. Add dye ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and
simmer for 10 minutes. Let eggs sit in the dye for approximately 10
minutes or until the desired color is achieved. Dry eggs on paper
towels or in egg cartons. When the eggs are dried, rub the eggs with
vegetable oil for a glossy shine.
From www.recipezaar.com #160383
10 drops food coloring
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
white craft glue (optional)
For each dye bath combine 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 tsp vinegar and 10 drops of food coloring in a bowl. Start with 5 drops red and 5 drops yellow, for orange for example, or 6 drops blue and 4 drops green for turquoise.
Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye bath for 3-5 minutes, extend time for richer color. Try using tongs to dip only half an egg in one color, then dip other half in a different color.
Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove eggs and place on wax paper to dry, blot any excess with a paper towel.
For tie dyed eggs, add 1 tbsp olive oil to the mixture and stir with a fork. Roll egg gently in bath to pick of streaks of color. Remove egg from bath and blot oil off with a paper towel, then dry on wax paper. Once dry, lightly dip in another color if desired.
For glitter eggs, brush dried dyed egg with a thin layer of craft glue. Spoon glitter over egg, allow to dry on wax paper. To put glitter on only part of an egg (half blue, half red for example), use masking tape over the un-glittered part (or use stickers for shapes) and once dry remove masking tape and glue/glitter the remaining area.
For letters, numbers or shapes use small vinyl stickers (office or hardware supplies) and place them on the egg before dying. Once slightly dry peel off stickers gently. You can also use a white crayon to write names or draw pictures.
If you plan to eat your easter eggs, never leave them unrefrigerated at any point for more than 2 hours.
We always used the directions on the box of food coloring, food coloring and vinegar plus water, we used crayons like while yellow, pink light colors work best to draw designs on the eggs before we dyed them.
1. I can only get dry powdered food coloring here in Japan. Does anyone know how to make egg dye with that?
2. How long after you make the dye from food coloring will it be safe to use and then eat the egg (in case some color gets inside)? I asked the PAAS company this and they said not very long since there are no preservatives in their egg dye tablet.
Thank you! Julie
I read a recipe for making Easter egg dyes using jello. I can't find it.
Can you help?
I don't have a recipe for using jello, but I do have one using 2/3 cups of water to 1 pack of Koolaid. Hope this helps.
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Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 30 to 40 drops of food coloring, and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Let the dye cool completely before dipping eggs.
HINT: You can use crayons to write and draw lines or stripes on the eggs before dipping.
You can also make natural egg dyes with fruits, spices and vegetables. Try beet juice, cranberry juice, blueberries, spinach, turmeric, grape juice, asparagus, coffee or tea. It's fun to experiment. (03/13/2005)