Originally that 3 was supposed to be a 6. I had planned to give you more. Much more. But you’ll have to settle for the three techniques I’m going to show you because my patience (and hard cooked eggs) ran out. All three are easy and the kidlets will have an egg-citing time.
1. Tie-Dye It
2. Rubber Band It
3. Stick It
You’ll need a bunch of hard boiled or hard cooked eggs. Recently I saw on Pinterest this method for baking your eggs in the oven, right on the racks. I thought I’d give it a try because I can never get them right when I boil them, and there’s always a few that crack in the pot. The method is from Alton Brown’s cookbook, I’m Just Here for the Food — which I actually have, but I must have skipped over that part because I don’t eat hard cooked eggs. Anyway, it’s a great method, especially when you have so many to do for dyeing. Here is the oven method which I’d recommend. I just filled up my rack with about 2 1/2 dozen, baked them and did the cooling thing. Use clean, dry, room temperature eggs for these dyeing methods.
1) TIE DYE IT:
Let’s Tie Dye some eggs! You’ll need about 8-10 hard cooked eggs, food coloring, 1/2 cup vinegar and a colander that won’t stain (coated metal or stainless steel). Place eggs carefully in colander in the kitchen sink and splash the vinegar over them.
Drip some yellow food coloring over the eggs.
Now you want to slowly and gently swirl the colander for a few seconds so the color spreads around. Let the eggs sit for a minute or two.
Take a second color and drop one drop on each egg, then swirl the colander around very gently and only for a few seconds. (If you do this for too long, or you add too much color then the colors start to mix together and the effect won’t be what you want.) Let the second color sit for a minute or two.
You may add a third color, but not more than 3 or else the eggs will just get muddy looking. I tried 3 colors, but did not like the outcome. Mine got muddy after using 3 colors, so I recommend only using 2 colors. You can always do this twice, with 2 different sets of colors each time. Or maybe the 3 colors will work for you!
After your second (or third if you’re feeling lucky) color has set for a couple of minutes, lightly rinse with water. LIGHTLY. You don’t want to wash off the color or let it all mix together. Let them drain in the colander for a few minutes and then air dry on paper towels.
This is what I got:
2) RUBBER BAND IT
This one I liked because the outcome looks abstract and you can use a few rubber bands or a lot of rubber bands. You’ll need hard cooked eggs, rubber bands, food coloring, small deep bowls (or mugs) and vinegar. Boil enough water to have 1 cup for each color you want to use. Pour 1 cup boiling water into each bowl. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to each bowl. Add several drops of food coloring to each bowl. I used about 10 drops each. Stir gently to combine. Time to grab those rubber bands and have fun wrapping your eggs. You can have them going all the same way, or wrap them both across and up and down. It’s hard to get them around the ends, so don’t get frustrated or you’ll crack! Or your egg will. Or both. (See that wiggly rubber band on the egg? That bothered my Virgo fibers.)
Carefully dunk the egg into one of the colors and wait…
Remove it when it has reached the desired shade and let dry. Do a few more and have fun! I did one that has a couple tones because I removed some rubber bands and then put it in another color. When the eggs are dry enough, remove the rubber bands.
Your eggs won’t have those weird spots because your eggs will be nice and dry and at room temperature before you start, right? Don’t make the mistake I did. I baked them one day and stuck them in the fridge. The next day I didn’t have the time to let them come up to room temperature when I dyed them and they had some condensation. Even patting them dry left little spots on my eggs. Booo…
3) STICK IT
This one is very easy, but it is crucial that your eggs are dry or else your stickers won’t stick. I just grabbed (ok, stole) some stickers from my daughter’s collection and stuck them on some eggs. She had some stars and some alphabet stickers that worked well. One large letter as a monogram would be nice. Some round dots work fine, too, as well as those reinforcements you buy for binders. You can even cut out some designs with masking tape I would guess. Use whatever you have around the house in the sticky department! (I have seen rubber cement used as well.)
After you stick whatever you have found on your eggs, gently dunk them in the colors you have leftover from the rubber band method. (If you have skipped that one, you’ll have to go back up there and get your colors ready.) When the desired color is reached, remove and drain until dry. Remove stickers gently. You may have to scrape off any leftover adhesive residue. And that’s it!
I hope you try one, if not all, of these techniques for dyeing your Easter eggs. Let me know if you have any questions…or better yet share your favorite techniques!