The tradition of decorating Easter Eggs can be traced back almost 2,500 years ago. The tradition continues today. How do you go about dying Easter eggs though? And how can you decorate them?
First make a trip to your local Tampa Bay grocery store, such as Publix, Sweetbay, WinnDixie or department store like Target, Wal-Mart or Kmart and pick up an egg dying kit. Kits like Paas Egg Dying Kit come with tablets, egg dippers, and egg drying holders along with instructions.
If you cannot see yourself spending money for a kit, and have food coloring at home, you can use that too. Either way, you will need some supplies to dye your eggs that are easy to clean up.
Hard boiled eggs, cooled
Plastic cups (1 for each color, and 1 clean water cup for each person dying eggs to dip their spoon in)
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Egg dye kit/food coloring
Boil your eggs ahead of time to give them a chance to cool down or place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Lay down newspaper/garbage bag onto flat surface where you will be dying eggs and mixing colors so as to not stain.
Instructions for food coloring eggs:
Drop 15-20 drops of your choice food coloring in a plastic cup
- Add 3 tablespoons vinegar to ½ cup water for vibrant colored eggs or
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice to ½ cup water for traditional colored eggs or
- Use ¾ cups of room temperature water for pastel eggs
Decorate your eggs by using crayons to draw different designs on them before you dye the eggs. Try alternating dark crayons to lighter colored dyes and vice versa. You can come up with some very interesting art work this way.
To dye your eggs, place your egg onto your plastic spoon and gently drop it into the color of your choice. The longer your egg sits in the cup the darker the color will be, so check your egg periodically. Once your egg is the shade you want it to be, dip your spoon back into the cup and gently place the egg onto the spoon.
To dry your eggs, turn your egg carton upside down and use it as a drying rack. Once your eggs are done drying you can go to NickJr and print up some egg holders on paper to display your child’s special Easter eggs.
Once you are done dying your eggs, if you want to hold an impromptu Easter egg hunt, try going to your local park if they are not holding an egg hunt and hide the eggs for your kids. Just remember to hide them close enough to each other so that other children in the park do not take the eggs meant for your kids.