Monday, April 2, 2012

Dye your own Easter Eggs

I decided that we'll be creating our own Easter Eggs without kits. I found this recipe for dyeing eggs at home.  This is a great activity since we have a jug of vinegar (for science), water, lots of food coloring (for cake decorating), and lots of crayons (because we have an almost 3 yr old).

Set up:
  • Add 1 tsp of vinegar to 1 cups of hot tap water in a separate cup (large enough to cover the eggs) for each color of dye desired.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to each glass.
  • Bend some floral arranging wire as a dipper.
  • Have a spoon or two handy.
  • Dip/dunk eggs in colors.
  • Allow to dry before handling or applying stickers.

Egg dipper

  • Have fun with mixing food coloring colors to make different colors.
  • We used 5-8 drops of food coloring for our egg colors.
  • To make decorations or writings on eggs, use crayons, as the wax won't wash off with the dye.
  • The longer you leave the egg in the dye, the bolder the color.  We let our eggs sit in the dye for a few minutes, while we colored our next egg with crayons.
  • We let the eggs dry on our cookie cooling racks.

Our fun:

Coloring on the eggs

Watching mommy demonstrate

J does his own egg dyeing

Nice bold red color

Our outcome:

J did 4 solid color eggs, I did the bunny, John did 1/2 and 1/2

Quote of the day from J: "Science!  We're doing science!  I like science!"

Happy Easter Egg making!

1 comment:

  1. Love his quote!

    We keep a jug of vinegar just for science, too - and always dye our eggs like this. Works beautifully every time :)