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While we are all in “quarantine and chill” mode what better way to kick off Easter than a DIY activity while we are all…you guessed it, HOME! Do not spend time around crowds rushing to the stores for materials to dye Easter Eggs. I am 99.9% sure that Easter egg dying kits are non-essential items..you with me?
Also it seems so strange to be worried about “Easter Traditions” like baskets and egg dying during a worldwide pandemic….however I also feel determined to hang onto a sense of “normalcy” for my own mental sanity, even if my 2 year old has ZERO clue as to what is going on.
Most of these ingredients are things you should already have around the house. Even I found all of them in my very disorganized kitchen!
Here’s what you need for homemade egg dye:
- 1 cup of Boiling Water per color
- 2 Tablespoons of Vinegar per color
- 20-25 drops of McCormick Food Coloring– both traditional and neon
- Hard Boiled Eggs (can’t forget these!) however many you are making
- Glass measuring cup
- Mason Jars– or other glass containers
I love the look of mason jars to do this. They are high enough to avoid splatters (cause toddlers, duh!) and they are glass so they nicely show the colors.
- Boil water (6-8 oz per color..I did 6 colors)
- Combine boiling water, vinegar, and food coloring in a mason jar (bowl, measuring cup…whatever!) and stir well.
- Place eggs in dye for 2-5 minutes until you reach the desired color
- Allow eggs to dry and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Check out these fun combos!
Don’t forget to have some FUN with it! I mean we are all going to need it this long into quarantine! Use a white crayon to add designs to your eggs BEFORE dying them. The darker the color, the less time the egg will need in the dye.
Quick plug for a mother’s helper stool here! It has been CLUTCH for us during this quarantine because she never wants to leave my side. From baking to egg dying, to busy toddler activities… you name it, Taylor is constantly on that stool right now. Ours is from a local mama (in Phoenix, AZ) called @littlehelperstools on instagram check them out- she does ship! Here’s a similar one on Amazon as well!
Check out our finished product!
Ready to take it one step further?? Check out how I marbled this one!
I stumbled across these recently and LOVED them…also SUPER easy!
How to Marble Eggs:
- Hard boiled eggs (obviously, right??)
- Food Coloring– McCormick is my preferred brand
- Olive Oil
- Mason Jars (bowls, glasses, whatever)
- Dye your eggs a solid color- see above directions for that
- Choose a color to marble your egg with (Pro-tip- it needs to be darker than the solid color of your egg)
- Stir in a generous amount of the darker color you chose (the water should be much darker than when you first dyed the egg)
- Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the water and gently stir to create swirls and bubbles on the top of the water
- Roll the egg around in the water- the longer you roll the egg the more marbled it will become!
- Place it on a rack to dry
- Repeat with however many colors you would like to marble with
- Wipe each egg with a paper towel when dry to remove any excess oil
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Wishing you and your family a SAFE, HEALTHY, and HAPPY Easter! I hope you can find some peace in these unsettling times.