Easy Easter Egg Dyeing and Decorating
Egg Dyeing Tips
Cover your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (the more you use, the more intense the color) in 1 cup of boiling water, using heat-proof bowls or jars deep enough to submerge an egg. To create different tints, vary dipping time. Using tongs, submerge the egg in the hot water for less than 5 minutes for light colors, 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. To make two-color eggs, dye the entire egg first in a light color. Let it dry for 15 minutes, then submerge half in a darker color.
Easter Egg Designs
Stripes: Start with an egg dyed in one light hue (we chose blue). Wrap 1/8-inch masking tape lengthwise around the egg in stripes. Rub the tape firmly for a good seal. Dye egg again to desired color (darker blue) and let dry 10 minutes. Partially cover dark-blue areas with additional tape. Dye again (in yellow coloring to make green). Let dry 10 minutes. Remove all tape. Result: dark blue and green egg with light-blue stripes.
Zigzags: Cut contact paper into strips with pinking shears. Wrap strips crosswise on egg and firmly press. Dye egg to desired color and let dry 10 minutes. Remove strips. For two-color eggs, dye to a light color first and let dry. Add strips, dip in a darker shade, and let dry. Remove strips.
Dots: Apply small stickers to an egg in a symmetrical pattern and firmly press. Dye egg to desired color and let dry 10 minutes. Remove stickers. For two-color egg, first use a light color and let dry. Add stickers, dip in a darker shade, and let dry. Remove stickers.
Pile brilliantly hued eggs into a pretty bowl to punch up your holiday table.
More Fun Than Flowers
Nestle dyed eggs into baskets filled with wheat grass and sprigs of phlox and line them up along the center of your table.
Nestle two or three eggs into woven grass nests (available at crafts stores) and place on a tray for a naturally pretty arrangement.
Group a row of egg cups in the middle of your table for a simple but charming display. Or set one egg cup at each place setting.