Dyeing Easter Eggs

One of my favorite Easter traditions is dyeing eggs. I loved it as a child, and thanks to my two little cousins, Elissa and Amanda, I’ve been dyeing eggs well into adulthood too. Given all of my egg experience (ha!) I knew that the pastel pretties would be making an appearance on my Easter dinner table this Sunday. I picked up two purple metal buckets at Kmart last week, which, when filled with “grass,” are the perfect vessel to display Easter eggs. I’ve got a busy week, so I decided to get a jump on my prep work today. First task: egg coloring. Last year I interviewed prop stylist, Paul Lowe, for a Country Living story and he gave me a delightful dyeing tip: Instead of using a store-bought kit, Paul suggested adding 4 teaspoons of white vinegar to 2 cups of warm water, along with 10 drops of food coloring. The vinegar allows the dye to adhere brilliantly to the shell. I used 2 teaspoons of vinegar to 1 cup water, since I only had a dozen eggs, and played around with the amount of food coloring to get different gradations of color. I’m happy to report the homemade dye worked fabulously well! My crafty friend Sarah came over to color the eggs with me—and brought coffee and flourless cupcakes from Tarallucci e Vino, which were delicious—and we caught up while the eggs soaked.

We made blue, red, yellow, green, and purple eggs. The purple are a little more brown than I would have liked, but as you can see in the photo below, they don’t look so bad next to the other colors. To get striped eggs, Sarah and I wrapped them with rubber bands. I’ve heard that masking tape works better, but I didn’t have any.

I’m going to put one bucket of eggs on each end of my table. We didn’t blow out the yolks, so the eggs—which are now in my refrigerator— can serve as an appetizer too!

I highly recommend this technique as these are the most vibrantly colored eggs I’ve ever dyed! Thanks for coming over Sarah! And for taking these photos. Happy Easter!

Photos courtesy of Sarah Johnson

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