Until I found myself in a foreign country with no Easter egg dyeing kits, I really had no idea you could just use food coloring. In fact, I didn’t even look online to see if someone else had tried it before I made up my own “recipe”. Surely if it was so easy to just use food coloring, everyone would do it!
Those Paas kits are only $1, but using food coloring is even cheaper. It’s basically free, since you probably already have food coloring and it just takes a couple drops. Maggie just turned four and was able to do the entire process on her own with really no mess. Though, as you can see, we have black countertops. If you aren’t so lucky, lay down newspaper first.
In a bowl, mix:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 3 drops food coloring (we used McCormick neon colors)
Dip your eggs (hard boiled or empty shells) in and let them sit as long as you like. Maggie put an undetermined number of drops of purple food coloring in when my back was turned, so that dye worked immediately. The other colors just took a minute or two.
She wanted to paint some polka dotted Easter eggs, so I grabbed a birthday candle off the shelf for her to use. It worked well, but perhaps a q-tip might work better.
We put the dyed eggs back into the carton to dry. So easy, so fast, and so cheap.