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Easter Egg Dye Recipes

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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?

Thanks,
Diane

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By Chris Poniatowski03/29/2007

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.

By LEONA LABINE [40]03/28/2007

From www.recipezaar.com #160383

Egg Dye

10 drops food coloring
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
glitter (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.

By Jeannie (Guest Post)03/28/2007

Dyeing Eggs The Old Fashioned Way

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Comment: Comment:

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

Yellow: marigolds

Blue: crushed blueberries

Directions:

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.

By CHRISTISAM2001 (Guest Post)03/28/2007

We have tried beet juice and purple grape juice and they work great!! :0)

By KLJohn (Guest Post)03/28/2007

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!)

By Jo Ann (Guest Post)03/28/2007

I found this site for home made Easter dyes. Hope it helps.

http://www.celestialseasonings.com/tea-health/egg-dyeing-article.html

By onix893 (Guest Post)03/28/2007

NATURAL DYE FOR EASTER EGGS-from A to Z Recipes ezine

Different Shades of Red: beets, raspberries, cranberries, grape juice, or red onions

Different Shades of Yellow: Yellow onion skins, orange peels, lemon peels, shredded carrot, celery seed, ground cumin or ground turmeric
Pale green: Spinach leaves
Golden: Yellow Delicious apple peels
Light Blue: frozen blueberries, thawed
Light brown: Strong brewed coffee

Place hard-boiled eggs in a single layer in a large pot (do not stack them). Pour in just enough water to cover the eggs, add about 1 teaspoon vinegar and the desired natural dye to the water.

Bring the water to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Make Your Own Easter Egg Dye from Food Colors

To make your own dye gather together enough cups for each color you want to create and that are big enough to hold the liquid dye and a submerged egg. Mix 2/3 cup of water and 2 tsp. distilled vinegar and food coloring in each cup. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you obtain the desired color (about a 1/4 tsp or about 24 drops of food coloring). Be sure to completely cool this mixture before allowing children to use it.

Experiment with creating colors. Here are some ideas to create different colors with the four colors (red, blue, green, yellow) that you usually get in food coloring packages.

Orange - mix about 10 drops of red with about 15 drops of yellow
Turquoise - mix about 5 drops green with about 20 drops of blue
Violet - mix about 12 drops red with about 12 drops blue

Coloring the Easter Eggs

Allow your eggs to sit in the dye mixture about two to five minutes depending how deep you want the color. Here are some ideas to make neat eggs:

Before dipping the eggs in the dye, use a wax crayon and draw on the egg. Where ever you write on the egg, the egg will remain white.

Get a assortment of rubber bands and put them on the egg. The egg will remain white under the rubber bands. You can also use masking tape to keep areas of the egg white.

By Janine [1]03/28/2007

Make Your Own Easter Egg Dye from Food Colors

To make your own dye gather together enough cups for each color you want to create and that are big enough to hold the liquid dye and a submerged egg. Mix 2/3 cup of water and 2 tsp. distilled vinegar and food coloring in each cup. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you obtain the desired color (about a 1/4 tsp or about 24 drops of food coloring). Be sure to completely cool this mixture before allowing children to use it.

Experiment with creating colors. Here are some ideas to create different colors with the four colors (red, blue, green, yellow) that you usually get in food coloring packages.

Orange - mix about 10 drops of red with about 15 drops of yellow
Turquoise - mix about 5 drops green with about 20 drops of blue
Violet - mix about 12 drops red with about 12 drops blue

Coloring the Easter Eggs

Allow your eggs to sit in the dye mixture about two to five minutes depending how deep you want the color. Here are some ideas to make neat eggs:

Before dipping the eggs in the dye, use a wax crayon and draw on the egg. Where ever you write on the egg, the egg will remain white.

Get a assortment of rubber bands and put them on the egg. The egg will remain white under the rubber bands. You can also use masking tape to keep areas of the egg white.

By Harlean from Arkansas [125]03/28/2007

When I was a little girl, my mother used to make her own dyes because she didn't have money to spare for store bought ones.
She boiled onion skins in water for a sort of yellow color, some she dipped in tea and coffee to stain shades of brown, used beet juice for red, grape juice for purple, Those are the ones that I remember, but you could experiment with other colorful food items. And she would take a paraffin cake that she used to preserve jellies with and use the corner to write names on the eggs before she dyed them, and the color would not "take" where the wax was, and you could read the names.
Harlean from Arkansas

By Nicole in MN (Guest Post)03/28/2007

I saw this on Martha Stewart last year and it works great!!! Take Hard boiled eggs and wrap with an old tie. (buy from thrift store). After egg is wrapped in it put a rubberband around it. Take a pot and add vinegar to pot. Slightly heat until luke warm. Put eggs into vinegar and cover. Let sit for about 30 min. Take out and take off ties, great designs on eggs!!!

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