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Three Inexpensive (and Fun) Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

By Tori Linville

Easter has arrived, and for most people it means ham, family and Easter egg dyeing. After blowing out the egg’s content by making small holes in the tops and bottoms of the shell or boiling eggs, most people dunk the egg in a bowl of food coloring and call it a day. This Easter, we’ve looked up cheap and creative ideas for Easter egg dyeing that allow for some creativity. For best results, don’t rush the process of dyeing the eggs.

Rubber Band Eggs

By adding some rubber bands from your office to the mix, Easter eggs can have a one-of-a-kind look that strays from a simple dye job.


First, bring eggs to a boil in a pot of water. Remove to cool and pat the eggs dry. Next, add the rubber bands. Because of the egg’s round and slick surface, it’s best to use wide rubber bands or multiple skinny rubber bands for best results. Arrange the bands around the egg to your liking.

Dunk egg into dye and keep submerged for at least five minutes. For a darker color, keep egg in the dye longer. Allow egg to air dry. For a mix of colors, re-dip the egg in a different color dye.

Dye ingredients: Three-fourths a cup of warm water, one tablespoon of white vinegar and about 10 drops of food coloring.


Melted Crayon Eggs

Adding an individual and artistic spin to your Easter eggs only takes two steps. Using crayons already laying around the house, children can draw their own Easter egg designs in no time at all.

First, put eggs in a pot of water and bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and cover the pot for 12 minutes to get hard boiled eggs. Taking the eggs from the pot let them stand for one to two minutes.

Add designs to the eggs by drawing on them with crayons. Let children mix and match colors for a creative twist.


Traditional Egg Dyeing with a Twist

If simple food coloring and water is a method that is the most convenient and comfortable, add a twist by mixing ingredients that you already have in your pantry or spice cabinet. This will save time and money, along with providing some Easter entertainment.

Bring water to a boil before adding ingredients. Each recipe calls for four cups of water, two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of table salt.

Aqua Green/Teal: Two cups raw Spinach

Dark Blue: One head of cabbage, chopped         

Brown/Burnt Orange: Two tablespoons of coffee

For a marbled effect, leave the eggs in the die for a longer amount of time. For an additional pop of color, add olive oil to the dry shells. To see additional methods for other colors, visit greenthumbwhiteapron.com.

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