Decorating and Dyeing Easter Eggs

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This is a good idea if you do not want to stain your hands with food colouring. Put your egg inside the whisk and dip it into a cup, then take it out when your ready. It's also easier for younger ones to handle.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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This is making the best of a messy situation, Easter Egg Dye mess. We put old T-shirts on the girls and took the whole mess outside on the patio cement. It washed away by the next day. The air dried the eggs quickly. Our temp was about 60 degrees F on Holy Saturday when we did these.

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This is Tayte (left) and Tegan (right) and they had a blast!

By Grandma J from Benson MN

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March 19, 2008

It's getting to be time for dyeing Easter eggs with the kids. Here are some techniques for getting some unique looking eggs for the baskets. Be sure to post your favorite tips here too.

Note: Make sure all of the eggs are hard boiled before you start dyeing them.

Striped Eggs

You can cover the eggs with rubber bands of various sizes. Dye the eggs, let them dry, move the rubber bands and dye again with another color. You can get striped eggs this way.

Batik Eggs

Melt candle wax or paraffin in a double boiler. (This requires strict adult supervision with children) Drizzle the wax onto the egg in a pattern, then once it is set, dye the eggs. Do not leave them in the dye too long or the wax will melt. You can repeat this process by scraping off the old wax and putting new wax on in different places.
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Designer Eggs

Using a white or black crayon, draw your own designs on each egg. Your designs can be simple or elaborate. Put the names of each child on some of the eggs. Quite often, clear wax crayons are included in with dye kits. Then dye the eggs in bright colors.

Marbleized Eggs

To make your eggs look like marble, add a touch of vegetable oil to the dye. The dye will only coat part of the egg, leaving nice marbleized streaks.

Natural Dyes

It is best to use any of these hot. In the case of the onion skins, boil them for at least 1 hour before using.

Some of these dyes may not be good for eating the eggs afterwards, like the onion dyes.

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If you want that old fashioned country look on your Easter eggs, just use brown eggs, dye them in 1 cup cold water, several drops of food coloring and a tablespoon of white vinegar.

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March 25, 2005

This is an Easter tip for those who color a lot of eggs. Use your mini-muffin pan to hold your eggs so they can dry!

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For beautiful dyed eggs, use the purchased tablet kind and follow the package directions except use two tablets per color (Buy two packages).

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My grandchildren don't care for eggs, but they love lemonade and lemon cookies. Rather than waste eggs, I decorate lemons and hide them for an "Easter Lemon" hunt.

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This will work with limes and oranges also.

Use Lemons as an Alternative to Easter Eggs

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March 25, 2005

Jazz up your Easter eggs with stickers. Use small mini-stickers and add stars, dots, flowers, etc. to simple colored eggs.

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I know that it costs a bit more than the .99 cent egg dye, but trust me the cups themselves last a long time. We bought the egg dyeing kit that came with the egg cups five years ago, and they are still in perfect condition.

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April 27, 2012

Make unique Easter eggs for easter or just for fun!

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If kids stop by and you need a quick and easy project that's done with supplies you already have around the house, here's a less messy way to color Easter eggs.

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April 1, 2012

How do I design an Easter egg?

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April 5, 2017

Using candle wax make lovely unique Easter eggs in multiple colors. This is a page about DIY deluxe Easter eggs.

Deluxe Easter Eggs - Addition of bows, ribbon, and rhinestones.

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January 21, 2020

For a beautiful decorated Easter egg, try a marbleized effect. This page has tips for using nail polish and food coloring to create these unique eggs.

A basket of marbleized Easter eggs.

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