Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Egg Dyeing 101

Egg Glossary: Try thinking about the size and type of eggs you are dying this year. For smaller eggs use quail eggs, and for a larger egg try goose or ostrich. With different types of eggs come different colored eggs; think about how the color of the eggs will alter the color of the dye.

  1. Blow out the eggs: If you plan on keeping your dyed eggs as ornaments, blow them out instead of hard-boiling them.
  2. Dye the eggs: Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 20 drops of food coloring in 1 cup of hot water. Submerge your eggs completely. Try different dipping times to vary the tints of your eggs.
  3. Let the eggs dry: Make a drying rack by sticking pins into a foam board. (If you are trying to create a design on your egg, be sure your egg dries for 15 minutes before dipping it in another color dye.)

Now that you have finished dyeing your eggs, start thinking of creative ways you can carry your eggs. Dress up old egg cartons with ribbons, tissue paper, etc.

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Photo: marthastewart.com

Photo: marthastewart.com

Dyeing and decorating eggs is an Easter tradition. With these tips and techniques, your Easter eggs will turn out great every time.

Tip: Try dyeing different types of eggs in order to vary the sizes — use quail for smaller and goose or ostrich for larger. Also consider dyeing brown eggs to alter the range of colors you can produce.

Step 1: Blow Out the Eggs

If you want to save your eggs from year to year or turn them into ornaments to hang from branches, blow them out instead of hard-boiling the eggs before dyeing them.

To empty a raw egg, begin by using the tip of a sharp utility knife to pierce both ends of the egg; turn the knife in one of the holes to widen it slightly. Then, poke a straightened paper clip through the larger hole to pierce and “stir” the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and then blow the contents out with a rubber ear syringe.

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