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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Easy Steps In Dyeing Easter Eggs With Food Coloring

You can color your Easter eggs using so many coloring materials such as natural dyes, crayons, tissue paper, spray paint, etc. But I chose food coloring for a more easy and traditional activity with the kids. 

Materials needed: 
- hard boiled eggs
- vinegar (plain white)
- small bowls or empty cups
- water
- food color drops (choose the colors you want)
Note: Before starting, I suggest that you cover your workarea with newspaper to avoid unwanted stains on it. Kids (or adults) can be messy. 

1. Fill small bowls or empty cups about 1/2 to 2/3 full of water.  Don't make it TOO full or else when you put the eggs in,  it will overflow. 

2. Add 1 tsp of vinegar (for every 1 cup - ish of water.  We don't need absolute measurements here, but if you're using a gallon ice cream pail you'll need more vinegar than if you're using a teacup)

3. Add drops of food color until you're happy with the shade (tip:  I found out it's best to add 2  more drops of food color when you found the right shade because the egg turns out more what I originally wanted.)

4. Put hard boiled eggs in the small bowl or empty cup (I use plastic thongs to put them in and out of the bowl)

5. Get it out of the color mix and let it dry.  Wipe with vegetable oil (with paper towel or a rag) to make a glossier egg

6. After dyeing, you can make the kids design their eggs with crayons, color pencils, water colors. 

Have fun with your egg hunting! 

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