Coloring Easter Eggs

Colored Easter EggsTraditionally, Easter eggs were colorful hard boiled eggs left by the Easter Bunny. But how do you create them yourself? You will need:

  • Eggs
  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Bowl for each color
  • Some Paper Towels

Hard boil the eggs in advance, and allow them to cool. For safety, make sure that they don’t stay out of the refrigerator for more that 2 hours at a time, but once they’re hard boiled, they’ll keep in the fridge for a week.¬†For each color you want to use, make up a separate dye as follows:

  1. Put enough warm / hot water in a bowl to submerge an egg.
  2. Stir in a few drops of food coloring, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
  3. Carefully add one egg at a time, making sure it’s completely covered with water.
  4. Leave it submerged for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove and place on the paper towels to dry.

Once again, you’ll need to ensure that they are back in the refrigerator within two hours. If you or your kids plan to eat the colored Easter eggs, avoid any that have cracked or show any signs on damage. And of course, eat them within a few days of being boiled!

Other Egg Decorating Ideas

Coloring an egg is the simplest, and most popular option, but you don’t have to stop there. How about adding a little oil to the mixture above to create a marbled effect? The technique is a little different, because you’ll have to swirl the liquid while adding the egg, and you need to remove the egg again quite quickly. Pat it dry, then repeat until you have a nice shade. You can even repeat with different colors to add an interesting effect!

Whether you go with a single color, or a marbled effect, consider using stencils, glue and glitter to add magical sparkles to your egg too!

Coloring your Easter eggs is a simple, yet fun tradition that kids have enjoyed for generations. Keep the tradition alive with your kids this Easter. They’ll love it!

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